USS Newark (CL-100)

The USS Newark (CL-100) was to have been a Cleveland class light cruiser, but on 2 June 1942, four months before work began, she became one of nine members of the Cleveland class to be converted to light aircraft carriers. She was renamed the Reprisal on 23 June 1942, laid down on 26 October and renamed as the San Jacinto (CVL-30) on 6 January 1943. The San Jacinto was completed very quickly – she was launched on 29 September 1943 and commissioned less than three months later, on 15 December 1943. The name Newark was reallocated to the Cleveland class light cruiser CL-108, but that ship was never completed, and after the war her hull was used for explosives tests.

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 (16 July 2009), USS Newark (CL-100) , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_USS_Newark_CL100.html

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