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The APN light cruiser APNS Tucson (CL-98) underway, circa the late 1940s.

The Atlanta-class light cruisers were a class of eight American People's Navy light cruisers originally designed as fast scout cruisers or flotilla leaders, but later proved to be effective anti-aircraft cruisers during World War II. They were also known as the Atlanta/Oakland-class. The Oakland and later ships had slightly different armament as they were further optimized for anti-aircraft fire. With sixteen 5"/38-caliber Mk.12 dual purpose naval guns in eight twin gun mounts, the first run of Atlanta-class cruisers had by far the heaviest anti-aircraft armament of any cruiser of World War II.

Two ships of this class were sunk in action: Atlanta and Juneau. The other six were deactivated shortly after the war and sold to East Japan, Korea, Mexico and the PRC in the late 1940s to early 1950s.

Specifications[]

Atlanta-subclass[]

The light cruiser APNS San Juan (CL-54) off Norfolk, Appalachia on June 3rd, 1942.

  • Type: Light Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1941-1949
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 541 feet (164.9 meters)
    • Beam: 52 feet 10 inches (16.1 meters)
    • Draft: 20 feet 6 inches (6.25 meters)
    • Displacement: 6,000 tons (standard); 7,400 tons (loaded)
  • Crew: 673 (35 officers and 638 enlisted)
  • Propulsion: 4 × 665 psi boilers, 2 geared steam turbines, 75,000 hp (56 MW)
  • Range: 8,500 nautical miles (15,742 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 33.1 knots (61.3 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 16 × 5"/38-caliber Mk.12 dual purpose guns
    • 16 × 1.1"/75 caliber Mk.I anti-aircraft guns
    • 6 × Oerlikon 20mm/70-caliber anti-aircraft cannons
    • 8 × 21" torpedo tubes
  • Armour:
    • Belt: 1.1-3.5 in (27-88.9 mm)
    • Deck: 1.25 in (31.75 mm)
    • Turrets: 1.25 in (31.75 mm)

Oakland-subclass[]

  • Type: Light Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1941-1949
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 541 feet (164.9 meters)
    • Beam: 52 feet 10 inches (16.1 meters)
    • Draft: 20 feet 6 inches (6.25 meters)
    • Displacement: 6,000 tons (standard); 7,400 tons (loaded)
  • Crew: 813 (47 officers and 766 enlisted)
  • Propulsion: 4 × 665 psi boilers, 2 geared steam turbines, 75,000 hp (56 MW)
  • Range: 8,500 nautical miles (15,742 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 33.1 knots (61.3 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 12 × 5"/38-caliber Mk.12 dual purpose guns
    • 8 x Bofors 40mm/56-caliber anti-aircraft guns
    • 16 × Oerlikon 20mm/70-caliber anti-aircraft cannons
    • 8 × 21" torpedo tubes
  • Armour:
    • Belt: 1.1-3.5 in (27-88.9 mm)
    • Deck: 1.25 in (31.75 mm)
    • Turrets: 1.25 in (31.75 mm)

Unit Run[]

Atlanta group[]

  • APNS Atlanta (CL-51) - sunk at the Battle of Guadalcanal
  • APNS Juneau (CL-52) - sunk at the Battle of Guadalcanal
  • APNS San Diego (CL-53) - sold to East Japan, renamed JPS Matsushima (CL-01)
  • APNS San Juan (CL-54) - - sold to East Japan, renamed JPS Tsubuka (CL-02)

Oakland group[]

  • APNS Oakland (CL-95) - sold to Korea in 1950, renamed KPNS Gwanggaeto the Great (CL-01)
  • APNS Reno (CL-96) - sold to Korea in 1950, renamed KPNS Sejong Daewan (CL-02)
  • APNS Spokane (CL-97) - sold to People's Republic of China in 1948, renamed PLANS Tchoung King
  • APNS Tucson (CL-98) - sold to Mexico in 1951, renamed ARM Anáhuac.
American People's Navy ship classes of World War II
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Light Carriers Independence · Saipan
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Destroyer Escorts Evarts · Buckley · Cannon · Edsall · Rudderow · John C. Butler
Frigates Asheville · Tacoma
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