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USS PHOENIX (CL 46)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Juliet - Juliet

CLASS - BROOKLYN
Displacement 9,575 Tons, Dimensions, 608' 4" (oa) x 61' 8" 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 15 APR 1935 by the New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, NJ
Launched 19 MAR 1938
Commissioned 03 OCT 1938
Decommissioned 03 JUL 1946
Transferred to the Argentine Navy 09 APR 1951
Commissioned as DIECISIETE DE OCTUBRE (C-4) on 17 OCT 1951
Renamed GENERAL BELGRANO in 1956
Fate: Sunk by the British nuclear attack submarine HMS CONQUEROR (S-48) during the Falklands War on 02 MAY 1982

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Phoenix
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218k Pre-war photo, date and location unknown. Darryl Baker
Phoenix 108k

USS Phoenix (CL 46) Photographed while at anchor, 1939. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 68326

USHNC/Jon Burdett
Phoenix 88k

Pearl Harbor Raid, December 1941 - USS Phoenix (CL 46) steams down the channel off Ford Island's "Battleship Row", past the sunken and burning USS West Virginia (BB 48), at left, and USS Arizona (BB 39), at right, 7 December 1941.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 50766

USNHC
Phoenix 69k

Cape Gloucester Invasion, December 1943 - USS Phoenix (CL 46) firing her 6"/47 guns during the pre-invasion bombardment of Cape Gloucester, New Britain, circa 24-26 December 1943. Photographed from the ship's fantail, looking forward.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-57445.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Phoenix
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121k

Port bow view while underway in 1944, location unknown. She is in camouflage pattern measure 32/5D.

Caption updated by Aryeh Wetherhorn.

USN
Phoenix 112k

Admiralties Invasion, 1944 Vice Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid (left center) with General Douglas MacArthur (center) on the flag bridge of USS Phoenix (CL 46) during the pre-invasion bombardment of Los Negros Island, at the east end of Manus Island, 28 February 1944. At right is Colonel Lloyd Labrbas, acting aide to General MacArthur. Note 40mm quad gun mount in the background.

Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives #SC 188839.

National Archives/Fred Weiss
Phoenix 77k

Leyte Operation, October 1944 - The Australian heavy cruisers Shropshire (left) and Australia (right), with a U.S. heavy cruiser, photographed through a ring gun sight on board USS Phoenix (CL 46), off Leyte on 21 October 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-291377.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Phoenix 77k

USS Phoenix (CL 46) (right) screening escort carriers (CVE) off Leyte, 30 October 1944. Photographed from one of the CVEs. Note flight deck barriers rigged in the foreground.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-309448.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Phoenix 121

USS Phoenix (CL 46) - Crewmen at port side midships 5"/25, 20mm and 40mm anti-aircraft guns strain to identify a plane flying overhead, during the Mindoro invasion, 18 December 1944. This was a time of intense Kamikaze attacks, as the expressions on men's faces indicate. Note whaleboat in the lower left, anti-flash clothing, and floater net enclosed in a bag at right.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-47471.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
ARA General Belgrano (ex CL 46)
(1951 - 1982)
Phoenix
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44k

General Manuel Belgrano, Argentinian namesake of ex-USS Phoenix (CL 46)

Manuel Belgrano (Buenos Aires, June 3, 1770 – Buenos Aires, June 20, 1820) was an intellectual, lawyer, economist, journalist, politician and military man of the United Provinces of the River Plate, currently Argentina. He took part in the war of the Independence and was the creator of the flag of Argentina.

Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Phoenix
0404618
66k Undated image of the cruiser ARA General Belgrano off Ushuaia, Argentina. Robert Hurst
Phoenix
0404619
81k Undate image of the cruiser ARA General Belgrano in drydock. Robert Hurst
Phoenix
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77k Undate image of the cruiser ARA General Belgrano tied-up pierside. Robert Hurst
Phoenix
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86k Undate image of the cruiser ARA General Belgrano underway dressed overall with flags and crewmen manning her side and tops while entering port. Robert Hurst
Phoenix 32k Port bow view of ARA General Belgrano (ex CL 46) sometime prior to her sinking in 1982. Robert Hurst
Phoenix 91k Starboard bow of ARA General Belgrano (ex CL 46) sometime prior to her sinking in 1982. Robert Hirst
Boise
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175k undated image of the cruiser ARA Nueva de Julio tied up pierside and her sister General Belgrano on her starboard side. Robert Hurst
Phoenix
0404622
101k One of two Seacat Quad-launcher's installed on the General Belgrano in 1967.

Robert Hurst

Phoenix
0404617
77k Stern view of the Argentine light cruiser General Belgrano (ex-USS Phoenix, (CL 46)) tied-up in Puerto Belgrano with two unidentified 'A 69' type corvettes and the Type 42 destroyer Hercules in the background, 1980. Robert Hurst
Phoenix 182k ARA General Belgrano (ex CL 46) sinking after having been attacked by the British submarine HMS CONQUEROR (S-48) in June, 1982 during the Falklands war. Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
Phoenix
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84k ARA General Belgrano (ex CL 46) sinking after having been attacked by the British submarine HMS CONQUEROR (S-48) in June, 1982 during the Falklands war. Robert Hurst
Phoenix
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90k ARA General Belgrano (ex CL 46) sinking after having been attacked by the British submarine HMS CONQUEROR (S-48) in June, 1982 during the Falklands war. Robert Hurst

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Rankin, John Wilkes, CAPT   10/03/1938 - 06/03/1940
Fischer, Herman Edward, CAPT   06/03/1940 - 10/24/1942
Redman, Joseph Reasor, CAPT RADM 10/24/1942 - 03/02/1944
Noble, Albert Gallatin, CAPT ADM 03/02/1943 - 03/08/1944
Duncan, Jack Harlan, CAPT RADM 03/08/1943 - 05/20/1945
Challenger, Harold Lincoln, CAPT   05/20/1945 - 02/01/1946
Kelly, Richmond Kenneth, CAPT   02/01/1946 - 07/03/1946

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


USS PHOENIX (CL 46) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CL 46 - SSN-702

Contact Name: Mr. Andy Wilson
Address: PO Box 237 Vader, WA, 98593-0237
Phone: 360-295-3811
E-mail: reddevil@toledotel.com


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.
Pearl Harbor Attack - USS Phoenix Action Report from the Naval Historical Center.

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