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USS FLINT (CL/CLAA 97)


     
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Quebec - Uniform

CLASS -Oakland
Displacement 6,000 Tons, Dimensions, 541' 0" (oa) x 53' 2" x 26' 6" (Max)
Armament 12 x 5"/38AA, 8 x 40mm, 16 x 20mm, 6 x 21" tt.
Armor, 3 3/4" Belt, 1 1/4" Turrets, 1 1/4" Deck, 2 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 75,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 650.
Operational and Building Data
Ordered 09 SEP 1940
Keel laid on 23 OCT 1942 by the Bethlehem Steel Co., San Francisco, CA
Launched 25 JAN 1944
Commissioned 31 AUG 1944
Inactivation 01 JUNE 1946
Decommissioned 06 MAY 1947
Reclassified CLAA 97 18 MAR 1949
Stricken 01 SEP 1965
Fate: Sold for scrap on 06 OCT 1966 to Zidell Explorations, Portland, OR.

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Flint 58k USS Flint (CL 97) Ready for christening, at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, San Francisco, California, 25 January 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98511. USNHC
Flint 76k USS Flint (CL 97) Launching, at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, San Francisco, California, 25 January 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98512. USNHC
Flint
0409713
203k

Ship's officers saluting during commissioning ceremonies, at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, San Francisco, California, on 31 August 1944. The view looks south.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-K-14276.

Robert Hurst
Flint
0409714
157k

Camouflage Measure 33, Design 22D (Starboard side)

Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme intended for light cruisers of the CL-51 (Atlanta) class. This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 18 April 1944. It shows the ship's starboard side, exposed decks and superstructure ends. USS San Juan (CL 54) and USS Flint (CL 97) were painted in this camouflage pattern. However, photographs of the ships indicate that the paints actually used were the darker colors of Measure 32 (Dull Black, Ocean Gray and Light Gray) rather than the Measure 33 paints (Navy Blue, Haze Gray and Pale Gray) shown in this drawing.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #80-G-173267, now in the collections of the National Archives.

USN
Flint
0409715
161k

Camouflage Measure 33, Design 22D (Port side)

Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme intended for light cruisers of the CL-51 (Atlanta) class. This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 18 April 1944. It shows the ship's port side. USS San Juan (CL 54) and USS Flint (CL 97) were painted in this camouflage pattern, though photographs of the ships indicate that the paints actually used were the darker colors of Measure 32 (Dull Black, Ocean Gray and Light Gray) rather than the Measure 33 paints (Navy Blue, Haze Gray and Pale Gray) shown in this drawing. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #80-G-173266, now in the collections of the National Archives.

 
Flint 100k

USS Flint (CL 97) Off San Francisco, California, 18 September 1944. The original print has been annotated to identify radar and other antennas.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 64665.

USNHC
Flint 23k Starboard bow view, 1 December1944, while at anchor in San Francisco Bay (caption updated by Wil P Kraushaar) USN
Flint 108k

USS Flint (CL 97) Probably at Ulithi Atoll, circa late March 1945, as the Fifth Fleet was departing for the Okinawa operation. Photographed from USS West Virginia (BB 48). Flint's camouflage is Measure 33, Design 22d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-3813.

National Archives
Flint
0409710
73k

Port side view, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Flint
0409711
132k

(Low-resolution original that the above photo was cropped from) - U.S. Navy destroyer minelayer USS Shannon (DM 25) steams past task forces gathering at Uithi Atoll for the Okinawa Operation, circa March 1945. Ships in the near background include USS Flint (CL 97), in left center, and USS Miami (CL 89), at right. Three Essex-class aircraft carriers are anchored in the middle distance. USS Enterprise (CV 6) is at the far left.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-K-3816

Robert Hurst
Flint 70k

USS Flint (CL 97) At anchor at a western Pacific base, circa mid-1945.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98513.

USNHC
Flint
0409712
175k

Aerial view of the USS Flint (CL 97) on 31 August 1945. Both gun directors and all main guns, except No. 5 are trained to starboard, At this time the ship on station off Ni Shima to serve as rescue ship and homing station for transport planes carrying occupation troops. The ship carries MS33/22d camouflage scheme. (caption updated by Mike Green)

Australian War Memorial, Photo #302597

John Spivey
Reno
0409618
321k Inactivation (decommissioning) ceremony pamphlet cover from the collection of CPhM Hama Roy Gunnels, Jr., member of the Reno’s crew from October 1945 until the ship’s inactivation in 1946. Curtis Barber
Reno
0409619
433k Inactivation (decommissioning) ceremony pamphlet page 2 & 3 from the collection of CPhM Hama Roy Gunnels, Jr., member of the Reno’s crew from October 1945 until the ship’s inactivation in 1946. Curtis Barber

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Will, Charles Raymond, CAPT USN   08/31/1944 - 10/05/1945
Poole, Elwood Dixon, CAPT 1921B   10/05/1945 - 03/23/1946
Johnson, Willis Ormond, CDR 1931   03/23/1946 - 10/26/1947
Reuland, Walter Philip, CDR USNR   10/26/1947 - 05/06/1947

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


USS FLINT (CL/CLAA 97) History
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