USS Fargo (CL-85)

USS Fargo (CL-85) was laid down as a Cleveland class light cruiser but completed as an Independence class light carrier. The Fargo was laid down on 11 April 1942 but soon after this it was decided to complete a number of the Cleveland class cruisers as light fleet carriers. The Fargo became the USS Langley (CVL-27), and was launched as a carrier on 22 May 1943. The Langley served to the end of the war, before being given to France in 1951. The name Fargo was reused on the Cleveland class carrier CL-106 which entered service after the end of the Second World War.

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 (5 November 2013), USS Fargo (CL-85), http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_USS_Fargo_CL85.html

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