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USS Helena CA-75

Photo courtesy U.S. Naval Historical Center. James C. Fahey collection of the US Naval  Institute Photo Collection, NHC photo number NH-95821.

USS Helena (CA-75) anchored in Apra Harbor, Guam in December 1952.

USS Helena (CA-75) Facts :

Ship Class: Baltimore Class Heavy Cruiser (Based on Wichita design)
Crew: 1426 men [wartime]
1183 men [peacetime]
Length: 674'9"
Beam : 70'8"
Draft : 24'3"
Displacement: 17,350 tons
Max. Speed: 32 knots
Propulsion: 4 Babcock & Wilcox Boilers (600psi Steam with controlled Superheat)
4 G&E Gear Turbines
4 shafts/screws
120,000 shp
Armor: Teakwood Deck
8" Belt
Armament : 3 - Triple 8"/55
5 - Twin 5"/38
26 - 20mm AA barbettes
12 - Quad 40mm AA (later converted to 7 Dual 3"/50 mounts)
Builder : Bethlehem Quincy (Quincy, MA)
Awarded : 09 SEP 1940
Keel Laid : 09 SEP 1943
Launched : 28 APR 1945
Sponsor: Mrs. John Haytin
Commissioned : 06 SEP 1945
Decommissioned : 29 JUN 1963, US Naval Station San Diego CA (Pier 5)
Stricken : 10 JAN 1970
Awards: Korean Presidential Unit Citation (1st Awarded to a U.S. Naval Ship)
Korean Service Medal
Present Status: Scrapped

USS Helena online crew roster

USS Helena (CA-75) served in the Pacific Fleet during the Korean War. She saw action off the coast of Pohang and Changsa-Gong in SEP 1950.

Fitted to carry and launch Regulus cruise missiles and underwent limited flagship conversion.

Embarked COMFIRSTFLT, home ported at North Island (San Diego), CA.


NAVSOURCE.ORG: Cruiser Photo Archive CA-75
Earl Pullin's CA-75 Page
DANFS Online (CA-75)
Naval Vessel Register (CA-75)
HyperWar: CA-75
20th Century Naval Odyssey



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