CUS Honolulu (CL-1938)


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With the Wichita class laid down and in production the CUA heard of the Japanese and British building cruisers armed with 15-16 6" guns. Not to be outdone and realising that ships so armed would be real destroyer 'killers' the CUA Navy ordered a squadron of their own. Using the same hull and layout as the Wichita class with the five triple 6" replacing the three triple 8". The trade off was the removal of the two twin 4.5" turrets from C and X positions, reducing the secondary armament to eight guns instead of twelve.

The Honolulu class proved to be tough and durable in service, they were exceptionally good in ship-to-ship combat and excelled in shore bombardment where their 15 shells arriving in the same area deluged the enemy with steel. The light AA armament was fitted from the start with the 40mm and 20mm becoming available before the class completed. The term "light cruiser" was made purely on gun size.


Displacement 12,750 tons std 15,400 tons full load
Length 610 ft
Breadth 62 ft
Draught 23 ft
Machinery 4 shaft steam turbines 100,000shp
Speed 33 knots
Range 10,000 miles at 15 knots
Armour 5" Belt, 3" Turrets, 2" Deck
Armament 15 x 6" (5x3)

8 x 4.5" (4x2)

24 x 40mm (6x4)

22 x 20mm (22x1)

Aircraft 4-5
Torpedoes nil
Complement 1050
Notes CUS Honolulu


Honolulu on bombardment duties in the Mediterranean 1942/43.


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