USS San Diego (CL-53) after her 1944 overhaul

USS San Diego (CL-53) after her 1944 overhaul
Here we see the Atlanta class light cruiser USS San Diego (CL-53) at Mare Island on 9 April 1944 after undergoing an overhaul. Note the extra anti-aircraft guns in circular enclosures and the depth charges on the stern, but the main changes in this overhaul were to her radar, key to her role as an anti-aircraft cruiser.
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 San Diego (CL-53) after her 1944 overhaul , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_USS_San_Diego_CL53_1944_overhaul.html

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