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Indianapolis (ID 3865)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Nan - Pup - Queen


  • The first Indianapolis was built as War Serpent in 1918 by Pusey and Jones, Gloucester [City], NJ
  • Renamed Indianapolis prior to completion
  • Acquired by the Navy 12 December 1918 and commissioned USS Indianapolis (ID 3865) the same day at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Decommissioned 9 July 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Scrapped in 1933 at Baltimore, MD.


  • Displacement 16,900 t.
  • Length 439' 6"
  • Beam 60'
  • Draft 28'
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: One 3,000ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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