USS Newark (CL-108)

The USS Newark (CL-108) was to have been a Cleveland class light cruiser, given the name after the original Newark (CL-100) was completed as the carrier San Jacinto (CVL-30). The Huntington (CL-107) was the last of the class to actually be completed, and the eleven ships after her were all cancelled. The Newark was cancelled on 12 August 1945, by which time she was two-thirds complete, and the hull was water-tight. The navy decided to use the Newark to test underwater explosives, and in March 1948 she was towed from the Norfolk Navy Yard into Chesapeake Bay. She was used for tests until July 1948, and was then towed back to the yard. The Navy briefly considered completing the Newark, but given the use to which her hull had been put it is hardly a surprise that she was found to be 'unfit for naval service'. On 2 April 1949 the hull was sold for scrap.

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (16 July 2009), USS Newark (CL-108) , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_USS_Newark_CL108.html

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