heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis, CA 35, was commissioned in
November, 1932. It saw its first combat of World War II in
the South Pacific Theater in February, 1942. The Indianapolis
became the flag ship for the 5th Fleet and it saw extensive
combat duty in the South Pacific, receiving ten battle stars
for action in numerous engagements
Japanese Home Islands
overall-610 ft.,3-3/4 in. [584 ft. at the waterline
Extreme breadth [beam] -66 ft., 5/8 in.
Projection forward of forward perpendicular - 18 ft., 3 in.
Projection aft of after perpendicular - 3/4 in.
Draft above bottom of keel (no load) - 19 ft., 5-1/2 in. [24
Treaty displacement 10,000 tons. [9,950 tons standard displacement]
by eight White-Forster type boilers and four sets of geared
Parsons turbines driving four out-turning propellers, the
ship has a plant designed to develop 1-7,000 horsepower at
366 R.P.M. and to attain a speed of 32.7 knots [37.6 statute
m.p.h.]. The builders were successful in meeting the requirements
set, for the ship,and at trials at sea, exceeded the speed
demanded in the contract.
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