USS Huntington (CL-77)

USS Huntington (CL-77) was laid down as a Cleveland class light cruiser but was completed as an Independence class aircraft carrier. She was originally laid down on 17 December 1941 at the New York Shipbuilding Company, but while she was under construction the decision was made to finish some of the Cleveland class cruisers as light aircraft carriers. The Huntington became the USS Cowpens (CVL-25). She was launched as a carrier on 17 January 1943 and commissioned on 28 May. The name Huntington was reused on the Cleveland class cruiser CL-107 which was launched in 1943 but not commissioned until 1946.

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 Huntington (CL-77), http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_USS_Huntington_CL77.html

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