Thursday, 23 March 2017

American heavy cruiser USS Northampton (CA-125) 1944-1951 and command ship (CLC-1 1951-1961 and CC-1 1961-1980) 1951-1980


Oregon City-class

Laid down by the Bethlehem Steel Company, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA on 31 August 1944, work stopped between 11 Augustus 1945-1 July 1948, launched as command ship CLC-1 by Mrs. Edmond J. Lampron on 27 January 1951, commissioned on 7 March 1953, reclassified as CC-1 on 15 April 1961, decommissioned on 8 April 1970, stricken on 1 December 1977, sold to be broken up in December 1977 which was finished by 1 March 1980.

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.