USS New Haven (CL-76)

The USS New Haven (CL-76) was laid down on 11 August 1941 as a Cleveland class light cruiser, but after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor she was one of nine incomplete Clevelands whose hulls were used as the basis for Independence class light carriers. The New Haven was redesignated as the CVL-24 on 16 February 1942 and renamed the Belleau Wood on 31 March 1942. The name New Haven was reallocated to the Cleveland class cruiser CL-109, but that ship was cancelled at the end of the 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 (15 July 2009), USS New Haven (CL-76) , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_USS_New_Haven_CL76.html

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