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USS SALT LAKE CITY (CL/CA 25)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - India - Sierra - Kilo

CLASS - PENSACOLA
Displacement 9,100 Tons, Dimensions, 585' 6" (oa) x 65' 3" x 22' (Max)
Armament 10 x 8"/55, 4 x 5"/25, 6 x 21" tt. 4 Aircraft.
Armor, 4" Belt, 2 1/2 Turrets, 1" Deck, 1 1/4 Conning Tower.
Machinery, 107,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 635.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 09 JUN 1927 by the New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, NJ
Launched 23 JAN 1929
Commissioned 11 DEC 1929
Reclassified CA 25 01 JUL 1931
Designated as a test ship for "Operation Crossroads" at Bikini Atoll
Survived atomic aerial burst on 1 JUL 1946
Survived atomic subsurface burst on 25 JUL 1946
Decommissioned 29 AUG 1946
Stricken 18 JUN 1948
Fate: Sunk as target on 25 MAY 1948 130 miles off the Southern California coast.


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Salt Lake City 114k Undated, Note the signal flags. USN
Salt Lake City 79k Undated Pre War Image. Jesse P. Mannix
Salt Lake City 130k The Salt Lake City at New York Shipbuilding in January,1929 just prior to being launched. USN
Salt Lake City 131k The launching of the Salt Lake City as seen on January 23, 1929. USN
Salt Lake City 125k USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) underway during the early 1930s. She is flying the flag of the President of the United States at her mainmast peak.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 2206.

 
Salt Lake City 224k

Over head underway, August 23 1935, Excellent detail shot.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-463290

National Archives
Salt Lake City
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248k Mid 1930's Starboard bow view. Robert M. Cieri
Salt Lake City
0402531
345k

Portside view of Salt Lake City in Dress Ship while at anchor.

Photo by George Winstead.

Robert M. Cieri
Salt Lake City
0402532
349k Starboard bow view while at anchor. Robert M. Cieri
Salt Lake City
0402534
73k

Port bow view while underway off Mare Island Navy Yard, February 1941

NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Ship Files

Tracy White
Salt Lake City
0402535
68k

Port quarter view while underway off Mare Island Navy Yard, February 1941

NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Ship Files

Tracy White
Salt Lake City 66k

USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) at Brisbane, Australia, in mid-1941, while wearing "false-bow-wave" camouflage.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 80837.

Fred Weiss
Salt Lake City 92k USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) fires her after 8"/55 guns while bombarding a Japanese-held island in February 1942. This view has long been identified has a scene from the 24 February bombardment of Wake. However, it may have been taken on 1 February, during the bombardment of Wotje, in the Marshall Islands. Note Curtiss SOC "Seagull" floatplane in the foreground, with the cruiser's after stack and aircraft crane immediately to the right.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 50946.

USNHC
Salt Lake City 49k 1943 photo of the Salt Lake City. The class was unique for their 2 and 3 gun main battery. USN
Salt Lake City 67k

Battle of the Komandorski Islands, 26 March 1943. USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) in action during the battle, with an enemy salvo landing astern.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-73827.

Scott Dyben
Salt Lake City
0402533
16k USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) during the Battle of the Komandorskis, dead in the water. She is being screened by the USS Dale. Robert Hurst
Salt Lake City 67k USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on 29 March 1943, three days after she participated in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands. Note staining on her hull side, possibly from ice.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-299022.

Scott Dyben
Salt Lake City 234k USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) at Mare Island Navy Yard taken on 10 April 1943. She is berthed at the ammo pier at the South end of the yard. The photos show her battle damage received off the Aleutians in March 1943. Darryl Baker
Salt Lake City 247k USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) at Mare Island Navy Yard taken on 10 April 1943. She is berthed at the ammo pier at the South end of the yard. The photos show her battle damage received off the Aleutians in March 1943. Darryl Baker
Salt Lake City 254k

Amidships view of the USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 10 May 1943. Destroyer to the right above the aft funnel is USS Anderson (DD 411) and there are submarine hull sections to the right of the forward funnel.

U.S. Navy Photo #3548-43.

Darryl Baker
Salt Lake City 179k

Forward plan view of the USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 10 May 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #3550-43.

Darryl Baker
Salt Lake City 233k Aft plan view of the USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 10 May 1943. Destroyer to the right is USS Anderson (DD 411) and there are submarine hull sections above and to the right of the aft superstructure. Darryl Baker
Pensacola 115k

USS Salt Lake City (CA 25), USS Pensacola (CA 24) and USS New Orleans (CA 32) (listed from left to right) Nested together at Pearl Harbor, 31 October 1943. Ford Island is at the left, with USS Oklahoma (BB 37) under salvage at the extreme left, just beyond Salt Lake City's forward superstructure. Note the radar antennas, gun directors and eight-inch guns on these three heavy cruisers.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-264236.

Scott Dyben
Salt Lake City
0402536
71k

Port broadside view while underway off Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 June 1944.

NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Ship Files

Tracy White
Salt Lake City
0402537
58k

Bow on view while underway off Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 June 1944.

NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Ship Files

Tracy White
Salt Lake City 326k

Forward plan view of USS Salt Lake CIty (CA 25) at Mare Island on 24 June 1944. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 6 May until 27 June 1944.

U.S. Navy Photo #3869-44

Darryl Baker
Salt Lake City 145k Amidships view of the Salt Lake City during a refit at Mare Island Navy Yard in 1944. Open forward 5" secondaries, twin 40mm mounts, and twin amidship catapults are visible in this photo. USN
Salt Lake City 400k

Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Salt Lake CIty (CA 25) at Mare Island on 24 June 1944. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 6 May until 27 June 1944.

U.S. Navy Photo #3866-44

Darryl Baker
Salt Lake City 78k USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 21 June 1944.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-67713.

National Archives
Salt Lake City 245k

Broadside view of USS Salt Lake CIty (CA 25) off Mare Island on 21 June 1944. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 6 May until 27 June 1944.

U.S. Navy Photo #3676-44

Darryl Baker
Salt Lake City 105k Stern view of the Salt Lake City as seen in dazzle camouflage on June 21, 1944. Aft 40mm gun tubs, smoke canisters and the super firing twin and triple 8" main gun turrets are visible. USN
Salt Lake City
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718k Performing a shore bombardment sometime in 1944 after her overhaul in June of that year. David Buell
Salt Lake City 103k Sister to the Pensacola, the "Swayback Maru" (as her crew called her), suffered the same fate. Shown here, afire and sinking on May 25, 1948, she's taking the final plunge. Her resting place is 130 miles off the Southern California coast. USN

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Oliver, Frederick Lansing, CAPT   12/11/1929 - 01/04/1932
Coxe, Lewis C., CAPT   01/04/1932 - 12/02/1933
Johnson Jr., Isaac Cureton, CAPT   12/02/1933 - 04/13/1935
Farquhar, Allan Shannon, CAPT   04/13/1935 - 10/14/1936
Coffman, Richard Boush, CAPT   10/14/1936 - 10/15/1938
Allen, Archer Meredith Ruland, CAPT   10/15/1938 - 11/14/1940
Zacharias Sr., Ellis Mark, CAPT RADM 11/14/1940 - 04/10/1942
Small, Ernest Gregor (Shorty), CAPT RADM 04/10/1942 - 01/02/1943
Rodgers, Bertram Joseph, CAPT VADM 01/02/1943 - 09/05/1943
Busbey Jr., Leroy White, CAPT   09/05/1943 - 10/25/1944
Mitchell, Edward Alexander, CAPT   10/25/1944 - 09/27/1945
Connor, John D., CAPT   09/27/1945 - 08/29/1946

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS SALT LAKE CITY (CL/CA 25) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CA-25 - SSN-716

Contact Name: Sandra Thompson-Eskew
Address: 3642 Circle Drive Place, Grove, Oklahoma 74344
Phone: 918-786-9638
E-mail: sandysq@sbcglobal.net


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
History of the USS SALT LAKE CITY CA-25 By Sandy Eskew as told by various members of the crew.

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