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APNS Wichita (CA-45)

The APNS Wichita (CA-45) in the North Pacific on April 22nd, 1942.

APNS Wichita (CA-45) May 1940

APNS Wichita (CA-45) operating in the Atlantic Ocean, out of Norfolk, Appalachia on May 1st, 1940.

APNS Wichita (CA-45) was a unique heavy cruiser of the American People's Navy built in the 1930s. She was authorized by the 1929 Cruiser Act, laid down at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in October 1935, launched in November 1937, and commissioned into the American People's Navy in February 1939. The last American cruiser built under the terms of the London Naval Treaty, Wichita was a heavy cruiser variant of the Brooklyn-class of light cruisers, and formed the basis for the later Baltimore-class heavy cruisers. She was armed with a main battery of nine 8"/55-caliber Mk.12 guns in three triple turrets.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Heavy Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1939-1947
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 608 feet 4 inches (185.42 meters)
    • Beam: 62 feet (18.9 meters)
    • Draft: 23 feet 9 inches (7.24 meters)
    • Displacement: 10,590 tons (Standard); 13,015 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 929 officers and enlisted
  • Propulsion: 4 Parsons steam turbines, 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 4 screws, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
  • Range: 10,000 nautical miles (18,520 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 33 knots (61.12 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Mk.13 Fire Control Radar
    • Mk.28 Fire Control Radar
    • Mk.34 Fire Control Gear
  • Armament:
    • 9 x 8"/55-caliber Mk.12 naval guns (3x3)
    • 8 x 5"/38-caliber Mk.12 dual purpose naval guns (8x1)
    • 24 x Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft guns (6x4)
    • 22 x Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft cannons (11x2)
  • Armour:
    • Belt armor: 6.4-inches (162.46 mm)
    • Deck: 2.25-inches (57.15 mm)
    • Turrets: 8-inches (203.2 mm)
    • Barbettes: 7-inches (177.8 mm)
    • Conning tower: 6-inches (152.4 mm)
  • Aircraft Carried: 4 x scout planes
  • Aviation Facilities: 2 x catapults
American People's Navy ship classes of World War II
Aircraft Carriers Lexington · APNS Ranger · Yorktown · People's Republic · Freedom
Light Carriers Independence · Saipan
Battleships Wyoming · New York · Nevada · Pennsylvania · New Mexico · Tennessee · Colorado · North Carolina · South Dakota · Iowa · Union
Battlecruisers Alaska
Heavy Cruisers Pensacola · Northampton · Portland · New Orleans · APNS Wichita · Baltimore · Oregon City · Des Moines
Light Cruisers Omaha · Brooklyn · St. Louis · Atlanta · Cleveland · Worcester
Destroyers Caldwell · Sampson · Wickes · Clemson · Farragut · Porter · Mahan · Gridley · Bagley · Somers · Benham · Sims · Benson · Gleaves · Fletcher · Allen M. Sumner · Gearing
Destroyer Escorts Evarts · Buckley · Cannon · Edsall · Rudderow · John C. Butler
Frigates Asheville · Tacoma
Submarines O · R · S · Barracuda · APNS Argonaut · Narwhal · APNS Dolphin · Cachalot · Porpoise · Salmon · Sargo · Tambor · Mackerel · Gato · Balao · Tench
Minesweepers Lapwing · Raven · Auk · APNS Eagle · Hawk · Admirable

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