USS Tallahassee (CL-61) under construction, 1 July 1941

USS Tallahassee (CL-61) under construction, 1 July 1941
Here we see the Cleveland class light cruiser USS Tallahassee (CL-61) at a very early stage in her construction, on 1 July 1941, within a month of being laid down. Early in 1942 she was chosen to be completed as a carrier, and became the Independence class carrier USS Princeton (CVL-23). As the Princeton she was sunk on 24 October 1944, making her the only member of the Cleveland or Independence class ships to be sunk by the Japanese.
US Navy Light Cruisers 1941-45, Mark Stille. Covers the five classes of US Navy light cruisers that saw service during the Second World War, with sections on their design, weaponry, radar, combat experience. Nicely organised, with the wartime service records separated out from the main text, so that the design history of the light cruisers flows nicely. Interesting to see how new roles had to be found for them, after other technology replaced them as reconnaissance aircraft [read full review]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (20 August 2017), USS Tallahassee (CL-61) under construction, 1 July 1941 , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_USS_Tallahassee_CL61_construction.html

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