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USS BROOKLYN (CL 40)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Kilo - Tango


Patch image contributed by Michael Tricarico Jr.

CLASS - BROOKLYN
Displacement 9,700 Tons, Dimensions, 608' 4" (oa) x 61' 9" x 24' (Max)
Armament 15 x 6"/47, 8 x 5"/25, 8 x 0.5" 4 Aircraft.
Armor, 5" Belt, 6 1/2" Turrets, 2" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 868.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 12 MAR 1935 by the New York Navy Yard
Launched 30 NOV 1936
Commissioned 30 SEP 1937
Commissioned in Reserve 30 JAN 1946
Decommissioned 03 JAN 1947
CNO approval of transfer to Chile 09 JAN 1951
Stricken 22 JAN 1951
Accepted by Chile 19 JUN 1951 and renamed O'HIGGINS (02)
Decommissioned 14 JAN 1992
Fate: Sold for scrap in 1992 but sunk while under tow to India 03 NOV 1992


Emblem image contributed by Pedro Carrasco Bravo.

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Brooklyn 199k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y., 3-8-35 - U.S.S. Brooklyn, CL.40. Section of keel as fabricated showing shell plates connected before being installed F1104-C-10"

National Archives
Brooklyn 99k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y., 3-8-35 - U.S.S. Brooklyn, CL.40. Building Ways #2: Keel blocks and cribbing ready to receive keel. F1104-C-11"

National Archives
Brooklyn 105k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y., March-12-1935 Laying keel USS. Brooklyn, CL.40, First rivet driven. (Riveters) Raymond V. Ingersell. (Buro Pres, Brooklyn, Almetr Hoff Rep, Bklyn, Civic Council) Holder on Louis C. Wills (Rep, Bklyn COFC. Supervising. Yates Sterling Jr, Commadant G.A. Dunn Manager. F1104-C-14"

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Brooklyn 178k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y., 6-25-35 - U.S.S. Brooklyn, C.L.40, View looking forward F1104-C-15."

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Brooklyn 135k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y., 9-27-35 U.S.S. Brooklyn, C.L.40 F1104-C-25."

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Brooklyn 82k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y. 12-4-35 U.S.S. Brooklyn welded bow assembly forward of frame 4 and below 3rd deck F1104-C-36."

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Brooklyn

149k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y. 4-10-36 U.S.S. Brooklyn CL 40 midships looking forward F1104-C-53."

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Brooklyn 161k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y. 10-6-36 U.S.S. Brooklyn C.L. No 40 F1104-C-65."

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Brooklyn 113k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y. 11-27-36 U.S.S. Brooklyn, F1104-C-84."

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Brooklyn 71k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y. 11-27-36 U.S.S. Brooklyn, F1104-C-90."

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Brooklyn 97k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y. NOV.30, 1936 U.S.S. Brooklyn
F1104-C-77."

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Brooklyn 80k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y. 1-4-37 U.S.S. Brooklyn C.A. 40 F1104-C-101."

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Brooklyn 83k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y. 3-30-37 U.S.S. Brooklyn C.L. 40, F1104-C-103."

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Brooklyn 109k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y. 12-11-36 U.S.S. Brooklyn C.L. 40 Turret No 5 F1104-C-104."

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Brooklyn 67k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y. 6-24-37 U.S.S. Brooklyn F1104-C-107."

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Brooklyn 75k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y. 10-4-37 U.S.S. Brooklyn F1104-C-112."

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Brooklyn 45k

Caption from photo:

"Navy Yard N.Y. 6-14-38 U.S.S. Brooklyn F1104-C-284."

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Brooklyn 21k Undated, Pre war image. USN
Brooklyn
0404038

Brooklyn
0404039

98k

 

 

78k

 

This tabacco card was issued by John Player and Son's in the U.K. in 1939 and came from a series entitled "Moden Naval Craft" Tommy Trampp
Brooklyn 128k

USS Brooklyn (CL 40) in the Hudson River, off New York City, 1939. The Palisade Amusement Park is in the center background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-1023215.

National Archives/Fred Weiss
Brooklyn 63k

USS Brooklyn (CL 40) Anchored in the Hudson River, off New York City, 1939. Donation of Lieutenant Gustave J. Freret, USN (Retired), 1972.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 81189.

USNHC
Brooklyn 63k

USS Brooklyn (CL 40) Anchored in the Hudson River, off New York City, 1939. The Palisade Amusement Park is in the left background, beyond Brooklyn's aircraft crane. Donation of Lieutenant Gustave J. Freret, USN (Retired), 1972.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 81262.

USNHC
Brooklyn 87k Port side view, 1940 (caption updated by Robert Hirst). Jesse P. Mannix
Brooklyn 117k Port side view, 1942. Fabio Peņa/USN
Brooklyn 117k

USS Brooklyn (CL 40) Underway at sea, 15 May 1943. Photographed from an aircraft based as Naval Air Station Weeksville, North Carolina.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-68106.

National Archives
Brooklyn 71k

USS Brooklyn (CL 40) Underway on 11 June 1943. Photographed by Fleet Air Wing Nine.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-383754.

National Archives
Brooklyn 109k

Invasion of Sicily, July 1943 - Empty shell cases litter the deck near the forward 6"/47 gun turrets of USS Brooklyn (CL 40), after she had bombarded Licata, Sicily, during the early hours of the invasion, 10 July 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-42522.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Brooklyn 109k

Anzio Campaign, 1944 - USS Brooklyn (CL 40) bombarding with her 6"/47 guns, during the landings at Anzio, Italy, 22 January 1944. Photographed from USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-223500.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Chilean Navy O'Higgins (02)
(1951 - 1992)
Brooklyn
0404000a
30k Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme. Born near Chillán Viejo, Capitanía General de Chile, 20 August 1778; died in Lima, Peru, 24 October 1842. Chilean politician and military man. He is considered the Father of the Homeland in Chile and was one of the key military figures of the independence of his country and Latin America. He was the first Head of State of independent Chile under the title of Director Supremo (Dictator) between 1817 and 1823, when he resigned voluntarily to avoid a civil war, going into exile in Peru until his death. He was Captain General of the Chilean Army, Brigadier of the United Provinces of the River Plate, General of Great Colombia and expedition organizer. Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Brooklyn
0404035
33k Starboard bow view of ex USS Brooklyn at the Philadelphia Navy Yard before comissioning in Chilean Navy, 12 July 1951. Pedro Carrasco Bravo.
Brooklyn
0404046
109k Starboard bow view, date and location unknown. Eduardo Aracena Cuéllar
Brooklyn
0404047
187k

Chilean light cruiser O'Higgins (02) underway. Note her camouflage paint scheme.

Chilean Navy official photo.

Robert Hurst
Brooklyn
0404037
16k O'Higgins at anchor in 1953, location unknown. Robert Hurst
Brooklyn
0404036
15k O'Higgins (ex-USS Brooklyn), at anchor in 1954, Location unknown. Robert Hurst
Brooklyn 65k Starboard bow view of Brooklyn as O'Higgins while underway in 1962. Robert Hurst
Brooklyn 26k Seen here as O'Higgins, In service with the Chilean navy. Undated. Fernando Enrique Espinoza Diaz
Brooklyn 58k Seen here as O'Higgins, In service with the Chilean navy. Undated. Fernando Enrique Espinoza Diaz
Brooklyn
0404033
38k Starboard bow view while underway as O'Higgins, In service with the Chilean navy. Undated. Jorge Ramírez Zambrano
Brooklyn
0404034
75k Port side view while under way as O'Higgins, In service with the Chilean navy. Undated. Jorge Ramírez Zambrano
Brooklyn
0404031
228k CL O'Hìggins (ex USS Brooklyn CL 40) in service 40 years in the Chilean Navy, from June 30, 1951, until September 27, 1991) firing a broadside off the port side, date and location unknown. Patricio Villalobos
Captain (R)
Chilean Navy
Brooklyn
0404032
142k CL O'Hìggins (ex USS Brooklyn CL 40) in service 40 years in the Chilean Navy, from June 30, 1951, until September 27, 1991) Underway, half Dress-Ship, date and location unknown. Patricio Villalobos
Captain (R)
Chilean Navy
Equipment Manuals
Brooklyn
0404045
142k Instructions GEI-9316 - Generator and Distribution Switchboards for United States Cruisers CL-40, CL-41 and CL-48. Ed Zajkowski
Brooklyn
0404040
504k Photos from booklet "Instructions GEI-9316 - Generator and Distribution Switchboards for United States Cruisers CL-40, CL-41 and CL-48". Ed Zajkowski
Brooklyn
0404041
503k Photos from booklet "Instructions GEI-9316 - Generator and Distribution Switchboards for United States Cruisers CL-40, CL-41 and CL-48". Ed Zajkowski
Brooklyn
0404042
531k Photos from booklet "Instructions GEI-9316 - Generator and Distribution Switchboards for United States Cruisers CL-40, CL-41 and CL-48". Ed Zajkowski
Brooklyn
0404043
528k Photos from booklet "Instructions GEI-9316 - Generator and Distribution Switchboards for United States Cruisers CL-40, CL-41 and CL-48". Ed Zajkowski
Brooklyn
0404044
570k Photos from booklet "Instructions GEI-9316 - Generator and Distribution Switchboards for United States Cruisers CL-40, CL-41 and CL-48". Ed Zajkowski

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Brereton Jr., William Denny, CAPT   09/30/1937 - 05/18/1939
Smith, William Ward, CAPT RADM 05/18/1939 - 04/05/1941
Stone, Ellis Spencer, CAPT   02/05/1941 - 06/12/1942
Denebrink, Francis Compton, CAPT VADM 06/12/1942 - 02/14/1943
Ziroli, Humbert William, CAPT COMO 02/14/1943 - 10/11/1943
Cary, Jr., Robert Webster, CAPT   10/11/1943 - 02/16/1944
Layne, Frank Chester, CAPT   02/16/1944 - 03/12/1944
Dodge, Frank Riley, CAPT RADM 03/12/1944 - 01/14/1945
Eckberg, Herbert Frederic, CDR   01/14/1945 - 04/12/1945
Fitzgerald Jr., William Francis, CAPT RADM 04/12/1945 - 09/26/1945
Whitehurst, Edson Hill, CDR (30)   09/26/1945 - 10/30/1945
Zimanski, Frank Anthony, LCDR (38)   10/30/1945 - 01/05/1946
Lank, Harold Clase, LCDR (39)   01/05/1946 - 09/20/1946
Jackson, Robert Linden, CDR   09/20/1946 - 02/03/1947

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


USS BROOKLYN (CL 40) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

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