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USS Houston (CA-30)

The USS Houston (CA-30), one of the six Northampton-class CAs.

The Northampton-class heavy cruisers were a group of six heavy cruisers built for the U.S. Navy, and commissioned between 1928 and 1931. The Northamptons saw much action in World War II. One notable Northampton-class cruiser was the USS Houston (CA-30) which earned the nickname "The Galloping Ghost of the Florida Coast" during the Second American Civil War.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Heavy Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1928-early 1950s
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 600 feet 3 inches (182.96 meters)
    • Beam: 66 feet 1 inch (20.14 meters)
    • Draft: 16 feet 4 inches (4.98 meters)
    • Displacement: 9,200 tons (Standard): 12,081 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 1,100 (105 officers and 995 enlisted)
  • Propulsion: 4-shaft Parsons turbines, 8 White-Forster boilers, 4 screws, 107,000 hp (80 MW)
  • Range: 13,000 nautical miles (24,076 km) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 32.7 knots (60.56 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite
    • Mk.37 Gun Fire Control System
    • RCA CXAM Radar
    • Tachyometric, RDF-based, Air-Defense and Identification System (TRADIS)
  • Armament
    • 9 x 8"/55-caliber Mk.9/12 naval guns
    • 8 x 5"/25-caliber Mk.10/11 naval guns - replaced by 5"/38-caliber Mk.12 DP guns
    • 6 x 21" torpedo tubes
    • 24 x Bofors 40mm/60-caliber anti-aircraft guns
    • 28 x Oerlikon 20mm/70-caliber anti-aircraft guns
  • Armour:
    • Belt: 3-inches (76.2 mm)
    • Deck: 2-inches (50.8 mm)
    • Guns:
      • Turret Face: 2.5-inches (63.5 mm)
      • Turret Roof: 2-inches (50.8 mm)
    • Barbettes: 1.5-inches (38.1 mm)
  • Aircraft Carried: 4 x Scoutplanes, 2 x catapults

Unit RunEdit

  • USS Northampton (CA-26) - Sunk in the Battle of Tassafaronga on November 30th, 1942
  • USS Chester (CA-27)
  • USS Louisville (CA-28)
  • USS Chicago (CA-29) - defected to the Philippine Navy
  • USS Houston (CA-30) - defected to the Philippine Navy
  • USS Augusta (CA-31) - defected to the Philippine Navy
American People's Navy ship classes of World War II
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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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