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| CLASS - WORCESTER
Displacement 14,700 Tons, Dimensions, 679' 6" (oa) x 70' 8" x 25' (Max)
Armament 12 x 6"/47AA, 24 x 3"/50AA, 12 x 20mm.
Armor, 5" Belt, 6 1/2" Turrets, 3 1/2" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 120,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1401.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 15 May 1945 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ
Launched 16 JUN 1947
Commissioned 4 APR 1949
Decommissioned 31 OCT 1958
Stricken 1 DEC 1970
Fate Sold for scrap to Levin Metals Corporation of San Jose, CA on 22 FEB 1972
Two Hundred tons of Armor Plate from the USS Roanoke have been put to use at the Fermi National Accelerator Labratory.
(Thanks to Mark Janowski for this information)
Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
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|120k||Overhead port quarter view, as built.||USN|
Overhead, port bow, as built.
U.S. Navy Photo
|282k||Starboard bow view, date and location unknown.||Robert M. Cieri|
|2m||Port bow aerial view, dte and location unknown||DCC(SS/SW) David Johnston, USN|
|163k||Highline transfer between the USS Roanole and USS Gainard (DD 706). Taken from USS Gainard by Bernard Devlin.||Bill Devlin|
|149k||USS Gainard (DD 706) making an approach on USS Caloosahatchee (AO 98) while the Roanoke takes on fuel. Taken from USS Gainard (DD 706) by Bernard Devlin.||Bill Devlin|
USS Roanoke (CL 145) underway at slow speed, circa the early 1950s. Note the ship's crew at quarters, her call sign NIQE flying at the port yardarm, a motor whaleboat off her port side amidships and the lighthouse on the tip of the jetty in the background.Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo #NH 106501
|60k||Algiers, 1950.||Larry Bohn|
|129k||Starboard bow view while at anchor in an unknown port between 1953 & 1955.||Jim Hewson|
|479k||Nice view of the fantail and after turrets including the MK-27 Fire Control Radars mounted on the 6"/47 MK-16 DP turret fascia along with other details. Photo taken in 1954.||Jim Hewson|
|231k||Moored in Genoa, Italy sometime between 29 May to 03 June 1954. The ship to the right is the SS Andrea Doria, which sank off of Nantucket, Massachusetts on 25 July 1956 when it collided with the MS Stockholm.||Carlo Martinelli|
|1.9m||Another nice photo of the fantail including the starboard 3"/50 MK-33 single gun mount in a hull mounted blister. She ship is Med-moored in an unknown port sometime between 1953 & 1955.||Jim Hewson|
|261k||Liberty party heading ashore while anchored sometime between 1953 & 1955, location unknown.||Jim Hewson|
|140k||Algiers, 20 May 1954, just completed blowing tubes in the after boiler room. Ship behind is the USS Tidewater (AD-31).||Larry Bohn|
|1972k||Underway in San Francisco Bay, California, at the time of
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz' review of the First Fleet, 13 June 1957.
Photo taken by Allied Photographers of San Francisco.
|Robert M. Cieri|
|270k||A painting of USS Roanoke (CL 145) entering San Francisco Bay in 1957 by artist Wayne Scarpaci. The title of the painting is "Summer Fog".||Wayne Scarpaci|
|508k||Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA, 31 March 1963. From Right to Left: Unknown Cleveland Class Light Cruiser, USS Vicksburg (CL 86), USS Bremerton (CA 130), USS Worcester (CL 144), USS Roanoke (CL 145), USS Tucson (CLAA 98).||Dennis Tyra|
|Kelsey, John Donald, CAPT||RADM||04/04/1949 - 12/16/1949|
|Yeomans, Elmer Eugene, CAPT||RADM||12/16/1949 - 12/09/1950|
|Veeder, William Schuetze, CAPT||RADM||12/09/1950 - 11/04/1951|
|Parish, Herman Oliff, CAPT||11/04/1951 - 11/03/1952|
|Deutermann, Harold Thomas, CAPT||VADM||11/03/1952 - 09/15/1953|
|Burlingame, Creed Caldwell, CAPT||RADM||09/15/1953 - 03/03/1955|
|Knoll, Denys William, CAPT||RADM||03/03/1955 - 11/14/1955|
|Sands, Eugene Thomas, CAPT||11/14/1955 - 01/24/1957|
|Chew, John Louis, CAPT||VADM||01/24/1957 - 01/15/1958|
|Cone, James Ingham, CAPT||01/15/1958 - 10/02/1958|
|McIntosh, Neil Broce, CDR||10/02/1958 - 10/31/1958|
(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)
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