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USS PORTSMOUTH (CL 102)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - November - Lima

CLASS - CLEVELAND
Displacement 10,000 Tons, Dimensions, 610' 1" (oa) x 66' 4" x 25' (Max)
Armament 12 x 6"/47, 12 x 5"/38AA, 28 x 40mm, 10 x 20mm, 4 Aircraft
Armor, 5" Belt, 6" Turrets, 2" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 1255.
Operational and Building Data
Ordered 15 DEC 1941
Keel laid on 28 JUN 1943 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA
Launched 20 SEP 1944
Commissioned 25 JUN 1945
Decommissioned 15 JUN 1949
Stricken 15 JAN 1971
Fate: Sold for scrap on 26 FEB 1974 to Union Minerals & Alloys Co., Kearney, NJ.
Two of her main engines were used as part of the MARF facility for the S7G nuclear reactor prototype in Ballston Spa, NY.
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - World War II Occupation Medal w/Europe Clasp

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Portsmouth
0410218
1.2m

Preparation for the launching of Portsmouth.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Portsmouth
0410219
1.3m

The Portsmouth had 2 sponsors, Left is the wife of the Mayor of Portsmouth, Virginia, Sarah B. Leigh. Right is the wife of the Governor of New Hampshire, representing the city of Portsmouth, Maine, Mrs. Marian M. Dale.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Portsmouth
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1.5m U.S. Navy photo. David Buell
Portsmouth
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1.1m U.S. Navy photo. David Buell
Portsmouth
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1.2m

Portsmouth sliding down the ways.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Portsmouth
0410216
1.1m

Portsmouth sliding down the ways.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Portsmouth
0410217
1.2m

Portsmouth sliding down the ways.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Portsmouth
0410207
27k Starboard side midships view while at Newport News Shipyard, 16 June 1945. Pieter Bakels
Portsmouth
0410208
16 June 1945 Port bow view while at Newport News Shipyard, 16 June 1945 Pieter Bakels
Portsmouth
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30k Starboard bow view while at Newport News Shipyard,16 June 1945 Pieter Bakels
Portsmouth
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21k Starboard bow view while at Newport News Shipyard,16 June 1945 Pieter Bakels
Portsmouth
0410212
1.6m Crew and guests awaiting the start of the Commissioning ceremony. David Buell
Portsmouth
0410213
1.3m Commissioning ceremony. Note the band on turret 4. David Buell
Portsmouth
0410214
1m What appears to be the Invocation during the Commissioning of the Portsmouth. Captain Brumbaugh is to the left of the Chaplin David Buell
Amsterdam 60k

USS Portsmouth (CL 102) Off Newport News, Virginia, 25 June 1945, while being delivered to the Navy by her builder, the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland. Collection of James C. Fahey.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 94704.

USNHC
Amsterdam 91k

USS Portsmouth (CL 102) Off the Portsmouth (Norfolk) Navy Yard, Virginia, 22 July 1945. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland. Collection of James C. Fahey.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 94705.

USNHC
Amsterdam 97k

USS Portsmouth (CL 102) Off the Portsmouth (Norfolk) Navy Yard, Virginia, 22 July 1945. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland. Collection of James C. Fahey.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 94706.

USNHC
Portsmouth
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1.2m Captain Brumbaugh on the bridge during the Shakedown Cruise. David Buell
Portsmouth
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1.2m Captain Brumbaugh on the bridge during the Shakedown Cruise. David Buell
Portsmouth
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1.4m Captain Brumbaugh on the bridge during the Shakedown Cruise. David Buell
Portsmouth
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981k Captain Brumbaugh with the Governor of New Hampshire, Charles M. Dale, during the Shakedown Cruise. David Buell
Portsmouth
0410211
164k

Photo of the Midway Battlegroup during her first Med deployment. There are three Cleveland-Class cruisers shown. From front to back; USS Portsmouth (CL 102), USS Providence (CL 82), and either USS Little Rock (CL 92) or USS Manchester (CL 83). Two destroyers are also visible. From the collection of Charles J. Beggy, Jr., Electronics Technician Second Class, USN (ret.)

Robert Hurst
Portsmouth 97k

USS Portsmouth (CL 102) Underway at sea, 22 April 1948. Photographed from USS Providence (CL 82). Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland. Collection of James C. Fahey.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 94707.

USNHC
Providence 81k USS Providence (CL 82); USS Little Rock (CL -92); and USS Portsmouth (CL 102) (listed left to right) At San Juan, Puerto Rico, 15 May 1948. Note the differing radar antenna rigs, and other details of these three Cleveland class light cruisers, each ten numbers apart in the cruiser hull number series. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-343434. National Archives
Fargo 104k

USS Fargo (CL 106) Laid up in the Reserve Basin at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, in about 1965. USS Portsmouth (CL 102) is at right.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 72660.

USNHC
Fargo 102k

USS Fargo (CL 106) Laid up in the Reserve Basin at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, in about 1965. Photographed from on board the ship, looking forward from the stern, with her after 6"/47 gun turrets in the foreground. USS Portsmouth (CL 102) is at left.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 72662.

USNHC
Portsmouth 51k

Port bow view, moored in Philadelphia, PA with the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, 1971.

From the collection of the Naval Record Club.

Richard Leonhardt
       

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Brumbaugh, Heber Byron, CAPT   06/25/1945 - 03/1946
Maher, Arthur Laurence, CAPT RADM 12/1947 -

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


USS PORTSMOUTH (CL 102) History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Joseph C Barber
Address: 70 Maloney Ct Winsted, CT, 06098-1853
Phone: 860-379-5364
E-mail: JRBF87F@prodigy.com

Note About Contacts.

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