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APNS Indianapolis (CA-35)

The APNS Indianapolis (CA-35) off of Pearl Harbor in 1937.

The Portland-class heavy cruisers were a class of ships designed and constructed by the United States Navy (and later American People's Navy in 1930. The two ships of the class, USS/APNS Portland (CA-33) and USS/APNS Indianapolis (CA-35) saw extensive service during the Pacific War in World War II.

Designed as a modification over the previous Northampton-class cruiser, the Portland-class displaced nearly 10,000 tonnes (9,800 long tons; 11,000 short tons) and featured heavier armor and armament than previous cruisers. Featuring 8"/55 caliber guns and designed to function as fleet flagships, the Portland-class were intended to fix problems with armament and armor that had been a weakness of preceding U.S. cruisers. These designs were carried over to the following New Orleans-class, of which several Portland-class cruisers were converted to mid-construction.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Heavy Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1933-1946
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 610 feet 3 inches (186 meters)
    • Beam: 66 feet 3 inches (20.19 meters)
    • Draft: 17 feet 3 inches (5.26 meters)
    • Displacement: 9,600 tons (Standard); 12,775 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 807 (Peacetime); 952 (Wartime); 1,229 (Flagship)
  • Propulsion: 4 × Parsons geared turbines, 8 × White-Forster boilers, 4 × shafts, 107,000 shp (79,800 kW)
  • Range: 13,000 nautical miles (24,076 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 32.7 knots (60.56 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 9 x 8"/55-caliber Mk.9/14 naval guns (3x3)
    • 8 x 5"/25-caliber Mk.10/11 anti-aircraft guns (8x1)
    • 32 x Bofors 40mm/60-caliber anti-aircraft guns (6x4, 4x2)
    • 28 x Oerlikon 20mm/70-caiber anti-aircraft cannons (14x2)
  • Armour:
    • Main Belt: 5-inches (127 mm)
    • Deck: 2.5-inches (63.5 mm)
    • Bulkheads: 5.75-inches (146.05 mm)
    • Barbettes: 1.5-inches (38.1 mm)
    • Gunhouses: 2.5-inches (63.5 mm)
    • Conning Tower: 1.25-inches (31.75 mm)
  • Aircraft Carried: 3 x SOC-3/35 seaplanes
  • Aviation Facilities: 2 x catapults

Unit RunEdit

  • APNS Portland (CA-33)
  • APNS Indianapolis (CA-35)
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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