USS Tallahassee (CL-61)

The USS Tallahassee (CL-61) was laid down as a Cleveland-class light cruiser in June 1941, but early in 1942 she became one of nine unfinished Clevelands that were completed as light aircraft carriers. She became the CVL-23 on 16 February 1942 and the Princeton on 31 March 1942, before being launched on 18 October and commissioned on 25 February 1943. The Princeton was sunk on 24 October 1944, making her the only one of the Cleveland class cruisers or the related Independence class carriers to be sunk by the Japanese. The name Tallahassee was allocated to the Cleveland class cruiser CL-116 but that ship was cancelled at the end of the war.

USS Tallahassee (CL-61) under construction, 1 July 1941
USS Tallahassee (CL-61) under construction, 1 July 1941

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