Thursday, 23 March 2017

American heavy cruiser USS Oregon City (CA-122) 1944-1974


Oregon City-class

Laid down by the Bethlehem Steel Company, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA on 8 April 1944, launched by Mrs. Raymond P. Canfield on 9 June 1945, commissioned on 16 February 1946, decommissioned on 15 December 1947, stricken on 1 November 1970, sold to the Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation, NY on 17 September 1973 and broken up in Kearn, New Jersey in 1974.

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.