Thursday, 23 March 2017

American heavy cruiser USS Albany (CA-123) 1944-1958 and guided missile cruiser (CG-10) 1958-1990


Oregon City-class

Laid down by the Bethlehem Steel Company, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA on 6 March 1944, launched by Elizabeth F. Pinckney on 30 June 1945, commissioned on 15 June 1946, decommissioned on 30 June 1958, reclassified as a guided missile cruiser CG-10 on 1 November 1958, converted at the Boston Naval Shipyard including replacing superstructure recommissioned on 3 November 1962, decommissioned on 1 March 1967, recommissioned on 9 November 1968, decommissioned on 2 August 1980, stricken on 30 June 1985 and sold to be broken up on 12 August 1990.

Oregon city-class consisting of the Oregon City, Albany, Rochester, Northampton, Cambridge, Bridgeport, Kansas City, Tulsa, Norfolk and Scranton, preceded by the Baltimore-class and succeeded by the Des Moines –class. Modified Baltimore-class design. The superstructure was more compact and fitted out with a single trunked funnel to be able to increase the fire range arcs of the anti aircraft armament.

Common technical class specifications. Displacement 13.260 tons (standard) and as dimensions 205,26 x 21,59 x 8,03 metres or 673’5”x 70’10” x 26’4”. The machinery consisted of General Electric turbines delivering 120.000 ship to make a speed of 32,4 knots possible. The crew numbered 1.142 men (included officers). Except for the 4 scout floating planes they carry with them, consisted the armament of 3x3-20,3cm/8” /55 cal guns, 6x2-12,7cm/5” /38 cal guns, 48-4cm/1.57” Bofors guns and 20-2cm/0.78” Oerlikon cannons.

Specifications as Albany-class guided missile cruiser. Displacement 17.500 (full load) tons and as dimensions 205,26 x 21,59 x 8,20 metres or 673’5” x 70’10” x 26’11”. Crew numbered 1.010-1.205 (as flagship) men. Carried no longer planes with her. Armament consisted of 2-12,7cm/5” 38cal guns, 2-Mark12 RIM-8 Talos missile launchers, 2-Mark 11 RIM-24 Tartar missile launchers, 1-Mark 16 RUR-5 ASROC launcher and 2x3 Mk32torpedo tubes.