USS ''Atlanta''

  • World War II
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The namesake of The ''Atlanta'' – Class of Light Cruisers, USS ''Atlanta'' was launched in 1941. She would support The US Effort in World War II, after The Japanese Attack on The US Naval Installation at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (3 months after launching). She would fight at the epic Battle of Midway (1942) and The East Solomon Islands Campaign (also 1942). Severely damaged by Japanese Forces at The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (1942), ''Atlanta'' could not be salvaged. As a result, She was scuttled and sunk by Her Crew. Of note, ''Atlanta'' was Sponsored by American Author Margaret Mitchell (of ''Gone With The Wind'' fame).

 

''Atlanta'' was 540-feet in length with a Beam of 54-feet. She displaced 8,000-tons. ''Atlanta'' was powered by Twin Geared Steam Turbines (4 Boilers) and could achieve 40-mph. She crewed 670 Officers and Men. Her Armor ranged from 1 to 2-inches of plate throughout. Her Armament included (16) 5-inch Guns, (8) 20mm Anti-Aircraft Cannon and the ability to deploy (8) 21-inch Torpedoes.