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  • USS Minneapolis (CA-36) Heavy Cruiser Warship

    The USS Minneapolis was nearly destroyed in a violent torpedo strike but lasted the whole of the war and beyond.

     Updated: 5/30/2017; Authored By Dan Alex; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The USS Minneapolis was purchased and constructed before America had become embroiled in World War 2. She was the third ship in the seven-strong New Orleans-class that included the USS New Orleans, USS Astoria, USS Tuscaloosa, USS San Francisco, USS Quincy and the USS Vincennes. The vessel took part in many of the major Pacific Theater battles throughout the war. For her excellent service throughout the conflict, the USS Minneapolis and her fighting crews earned no fewer than 17 Battle Stars - quite the testament for any warship.

    Early Going

    After launching in 1933, the USS Minneapolis underwent the typical "shakedown" voyage to work out any kinks in her design. She was commissioned in May of 1934 and made ready for service. She operated as such throughout Europe from July through September of 1934. After some additional work at her home shipyard, she was relocated to the West coast of the United States by way of the Panama Canal. She arrived in San Diego, California, on April 18th, 1935 and was subsequently assigned to the Cruiser Division 7, Scouting Force ("CruDiv7"). From there, she was given peacetime patrolling assignments along the American coast, made a side trip to Caribbean waters in 1939, and - in response to increased tensions with the Japanese - made her new home at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1940.

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    USS Minneapolis (CA-36) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1934
    Type: Heavy Cruiser Warship
    National Origin: United States
    Ship Class: New Orleans-class

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Complement (Crew): 708
    Length: 574 feet (174.96 meters)
    Beam (Width): 61.8 feet (18.84 meters)
    Draught (Height): 19.4 feet (5.91 meters)

    Surface Displacement: 9,950 tons

    Installed Power and Base Performance

    Engine(s): 8 x Babcock and Wilcox boilers feeding 4 x Westinghouse geared turbines developing 107,000 shaft horsepower to 4 x shafts.

    Surface Speed: 32.7 knots (38 mph)

    Armament / Air Wing

    9 x 8-inch (200mm)/55 cal main guns in three triple-mounts on three turrets.
    8 x 5-inch (130mm)/25 cal anti-aircraft guns
    8 x 0.50 caliber (12.7mm) anti-aircraft heavy machine guns.

    Aircraft: 4 x Floatplane aircraft (recoverable)

    Global Operators

    United States

    Ships-in-Class (7)

    USS New Orleans (CA-32); USS Astoria (CA-34); USS Minneapolis (CA-35); USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37); USS San Francisco (CA-38); USS Quincy (CA-39); USS Vincennes (CA-44)