USS Atlanta (CL-51) on trials, November 1941

USS Atlanta (CL-51) on trials, November 1941
This picture shows the USS Atlanta (CL-51), name ship of the Atlanta class of light cruisers, during her trials in November 1941. The Atlanta class ships were armed with sixteen dual purpose 5in guns in eight twin gun houses, six on the centre line and one on each flank. This view shows the three rear gun houses and the starboard flank gun house. Note that the inner two rear turrets are superfiring types, so all three could fire straight back.
US Navy Light Cruisers 1941-45, Mark Stille. Covers the five classes of US Navy light cruisers that saw service during the Second World War, with sections on their design, weaponry, radar, combat experience. Nicely organised, with the wartime service records separated out from the main text, so that the design history of the light cruisers flows nicely. Interesting to see how new roles had to be found for them, after other technology replaced them as reconnaissance aircraft [read full review]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (22 April 2017), USS Atlanta (CL-51) on trials, November 1941 , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_USS_Atlanta_CL51_trials_1941.html

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