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APNS Minneapolis (CA-34)

The American heavy cruiser APNS Minneapolis (CA-34) underway on November 9th, 1943.

The New Orleans-class heavy cruisers were a class of seven heavy cruisers built for the United States Navy (and later American People's Navy) in the 1930s. Originally called the Astoria-class cruiser, the class was renamed after Astoria was sunk and the surviving ships of the class underwent substantial reconstruction.

These ships participated in the heaviest surface battles of the Pacific War. Astoria, Quincy, and Vincennes were all sunk in the Battle of Savo Island, and three others were heavily damaged in subsequent battles in the Guadalcanal campaign. Collectively, ships of the class earned 64 battle stars.

The four surviving ships were laid up immediately after the end of the war, and sold for scrap in 1959.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Heavy Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1934-1947
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 588 feet 2 inches (179.27 meters)
    • Beam: 61 feet 9 inches 18.82 meters)
    • Draft: 19 feet 5 inches (5.92 meters)
    • Displacement: 9,950 tons (Standard); 13,200 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 807
  • Propulsion: 8 × boilers, 4 × geared turbines, 4 × screws, 107,000 hp (79,800 kW)
  • Range: 14,000 nautical miles (25,928 kilometers) at 10 knots (18.52 km/h)
  • Speed: 33 knots (61.12 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 9 x 8"/55-caliber Mk.14/15 naval guns
    • 8 x 5"/25-caliber Mk.10/11/13/17 dual purpose guns - replaced by 5"/38-caliber Mk.12 DP guns
    • 16 x Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft guns (4x4)
    • 20 x Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft cannons (10x2)
    • 8 x .50-caliber machine guns
  • Armour:
    • Belt: 5 inches (127 mm)
    • Deck: 2.5 inches (63.5 mm)
    • Bulkheads: 3.5 inches (88.9 mm)
    • Turrets: 8 inches (203.2 mm)
    • Barbettes: 6.5 inches (165.1 mm)
    • Magazines: 4 inches (101.6 mm)

Unit RunEdit

New Orleans-subclassEdit

  • USS/APNS New Orleans (CA-32)
  • USS/APNS Astoria (CA-34)
  • USS/APNS Minneapolis (CA-36)

Tuscaloosa-subclassEdit

  • USS/APNS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  • USS/APNS San Francisco (CA-38)

Quincy-subclassEdit

  • USS/APNS Quincy (CA-39)
  • USS/APNS Vincennes (CA-44)
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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