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APNS Tucson (CL-98)

The APN light cruiser APNS Tucson (CL-98) underway, circa the late 1940s.

The Atlanta-class light cruisers were a class of eight American People's Navy light cruisers originally designed as fast scout cruisers or flotilla leaders, but later proved to be effective anti-aircraft cruisers during World War II. They were also known as the Atlanta/Oakland-class. The Oakland and later ships had slightly different armament as they were further optimized for anti-aircraft fire. With sixteen 5"/38-caliber Mk.12 dual purpose naval guns in eight twin gun mounts, the first run of Atlanta-class cruisers had by far the heaviest anti-aircraft armament of any cruiser of World War II.

Two ships of this class were sunk in action: Atlanta and Juneau. The other six were deactivated shortly after the war and sold to East Japan, Korea, Mexico and the PRC in the late 1940s to early 1950s.

SpecificationsEdit

Atlanta-subclassEdit

APNS San Juan (CL-54)

The light cruiser APNS San Juan (CL-54) off Norfolk, Appalachia on June 3rd, 1942.

  • Type: Light Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1941-1949
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 541 feet (164.9 meters)
    • Beam: 52 feet 10 inches (16.1 meters)
    • Draft: 20 feet 6 inches (6.25 meters)
    • Displacement: 6,000 tons (standard); 7,400 tons (loaded)
  • Crew: 673 (35 officers and 638 enlisted)
  • Propulsion: 4 × 665 psi boilers, 2 geared steam turbines, 75,000 hp (56 MW)
  • Range: 8,500 nautical miles (15,742 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 33.1 knots (61.3 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 16 × 5"/38-caliber Mk.12 dual purpose guns
    • 16 × 1.1"/75 caliber Mk.I anti-aircraft guns
    • 6 × Oerlikon 20mm/70-caliber anti-aircraft cannons
    • 8 × 21" torpedo tubes
  • Armour:
    • Belt: 1.1-3.5 in (27-88.9 mm)
    • Deck: 1.25 in (31.75 mm)
    • Turrets: 1.25 in (31.75 mm)

Oakland-subclassEdit

  • Type: Light Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1941-1949
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 541 feet (164.9 meters)
    • Beam: 52 feet 10 inches (16.1 meters)
    • Draft: 20 feet 6 inches (6.25 meters)
    • Displacement: 6,000 tons (standard); 7,400 tons (loaded)
  • Crew: 813 (47 officers and 766 enlisted)
  • Propulsion: 4 × 665 psi boilers, 2 geared steam turbines, 75,000 hp (56 MW)
  • Range: 8,500 nautical miles (15,742 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 33.1 knots (61.3 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 12 × 5"/38-caliber Mk.12 dual purpose guns
    • 8 x Bofors 40mm/56-caliber anti-aircraft guns
    • 16 × Oerlikon 20mm/70-caliber anti-aircraft cannons
    • 8 × 21" torpedo tubes
  • Armour:
    • Belt: 1.1-3.5 in (27-88.9 mm)
    • Deck: 1.25 in (31.75 mm)
    • Turrets: 1.25 in (31.75 mm)

Unit RunEdit

Atlanta groupEdit

  • APNS Atlanta (CL-51) - sunk at the Battle of Guadalcanal
  • APNS Juneau (CL-52) - sunk at the Battle of Guadalcanal
  • APNS San Diego (CL-53) - sold to East Japan, renamed JPS Matsushima (CL-01)
  • APNS San Juan (CL-54) - - sold to East Japan, renamed JPS Tsubuka (CL-02)

Oakland groupEdit

  • APNS Oakland (CL-95) - sold to Korea in 1950, renamed KPNS Gwanggaeto the Great (CL-01)
  • APNS Reno (CL-96) - sold to Korea in 1950, renamed KPNS Sejong Daewan (CL-02)
  • APNS Spokane (CL-97) - sold to People's Republic of China in 1948, renamed PLANS Tchoung King
  • APNS Tucson (CL-98) - sold to Mexico in 1951, renamed ARM Anáhuac.
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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