USS Huntington (CL-107)

USS Huntington (CL-107) was the second of two Fargo class light cruisers to be completed just after the end of the Second World War, and like the Fargo had a short post-war career.

The Huntington was laid down in October 1943, launched in April 1945 and commissioned on 23 February 1946. She spent the first half of 1946 preparing for active service, and on 23 July 1946 set sail for the Mediterranean, where she joined the 6th Fleet. She remained in the Mediterranean until 8 February 1947, when she departed for the United States.

The Huntington performed a second tour in Mediterranean between May and September 1947. After her return to the US she was used for training Naval Reserve personnel. Late in 1947 she began an overhaul which lasted until 12 April 1948. This was followed by a third tour in the Mediterranean between June and August 1948. This was followed by a good will tour of Africa and South America, which began with a transit of the Suez Canal on 22 September and included visits to Argentina (where she was inspected by President Peron), Uruguay (again with a Presidential visit), Rio and Trinidad.

USS Huntington (CL-107) at Naples, July-August 1948
USS Huntington (CL-107) at Naples, July-August 1948

Her last cruise was a brief cruise to the Caribbean, which ended on 22 January 1949. She was decommissioned on 15 June 1949 and struck off the Navy List on 1 September 1961.

Displacement (standard)

11,744t

Displacement (loaded)

14,131t

Top Speed

32.5kts

Range

11,000nm at 15kts

Armour – belt

3-5in

 - armour deck

2in

 - bulkheads

5in

 - barbettes

6in

 - turrets

6.5in face
3in top
3in side
1.5in rear

 - conning tower

5in
2.25in roof

Length

610ft 1in oa

Armaments

Twelve 6in/47 guns (four triple turrets)
Twelve 5in/38 guns (six double positions)
Twenty eight 40mm guns
Twenty one AA 20mm guns
Four aircraft

Crew complement

1,285

Builder

New York SB

Laid down

4 October 1943

Launched

8 April 1945

Commissioned

23 February 1946

Broken up

1962

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (13 February 2014), USS Huntington (CL-107) , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_USS_Huntington_CL107.html

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