postwar Worcester class light cruisers

Considering the devastating amount of firepower the Atlanta/JuneauII class light antiaircraft cruisers could throw up, it was decided to upscale the concept/configuration to twin 6" automatic gun turrets. And instead of Bofors 40mm guns for intermediate range antiaircraft fire, the Worcesters had the postwar twin 3" gun mounts.

Worcester and sistership Roanoke never saw battle against enemy surface or air units, but they were beautiful ships. My high school football placekicking coach, Mr. Jim Johnstone, served on one.

I would think that, as for the Atlantas, with such high rates of fire for their twelve main battery guns, they would have had huge magazines of shells and would have blown up like powderkegs, had they been hit.

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18Apr09