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Fargo-class cruiser
USS Fargo (CL-106) underway at sea on 8 May 1946 (NH 98918)
USS Fargo (CL-106)
Class overview
Name: Fargo class cruiser
Operators: US flag 48 stars United States Navy
Preceded by: Cleveland-class cruiser
Succeeded by: Worcester-class cruiser
Planned: 13
Completed: 2
Cancelled: 11
Retired: 2
Preserved: 0
General characteristics
Type: Light cruiser
Displacement: 10,000 tons (standard)
14,464 tons (full)
Length: 608 ft .25 in (185.3 m)
Beam: 63 ft .5 in (19.2 m)
Draft: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Propulsion: 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers
4 GE geared steam turbines
4 Screws
100,000 hp (75,000 kW)
Speed: 32.5 knots (60.2 km/h)
Complement: 1,100 officers and enlisted
Armament:
Armor: 1.5-5 in belt
2-3 in deck
3-5 in turrets
2.25-5 in conn
Aircraft carried: 3

The Fargo-class cruisers were a modified version of the previous Cleveland-class light cruiser design; the main difference was a more compact pyramidal superstructure with single trunked funnel, intended to improve the arcs of fire of the anti-aircraft (AA) guns. The same type of modification differentiated the Baltimore and Oregon City classes of heavy cruisers.[1]

In all, 13 ships of the class were planned but only USS Fargo (CL-106) and USS Huntington (CL-107) were ever completed, the rest being cancelled at varying states of completion with the de-escalation of World War II.[2] Fargo, the lead ship of the class, was launched on 25 February 1945, but was not commissioned until 9 December 1945, shortly after the war ended. Huntington was commissioned early in 1946. The two ships were decommissioned in 1949-1950, and never reactivated.

Ships in classEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Norman Friedman, U.S. Cruisers, An Illustrated Design History 1984 ISBN 978-0-87021-718-0
  2. M.J. Whitley, Cruisers Of World War Two, An International Encyclopedia 1995 ISBN 978-1-86019-874-8



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