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NAME

USS. INDIANAPOLIS

CLASS

HEAVY CRUISER

ENT/SERVICE 

NOVEMBER 15th 1932

BUILT

NEW YORK SHIPBUILDING / CAMDEN / NEW JERSEY / AMERICA

WEIGHT

9,850 TONS

LENGTH

610 FEET

WIDTH

66 FEET

SPEED

32.7 KNOTS - GEARED TURBINES - FOUR PROPELLERS

GUNS

9 - 8 INCH / 8 - 5 INCH / VARIOUS ANTI AIRCRAFT

ARMOR

5 INCH SIDE / 4 INCH DECK / 2.5 INCH TURRET FACES


Indianapolis and Portland were the only ships in this class built for the US Navy. Indianapolis first deployment during World War Two was to provide cover for aircraft carriers operating in the South Pacific. A patrol to the Alaska area in 1943 led to her first success in the war, the sinking of a Japanese transport ship. Later in 1943, Indianapolis was operated as the flagship of the Fifth Fleet supporting landings at the Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, Marianas and Peleliu. In March 1945, Indianapolis supported the landings at Iwo Jima, Japanese Home Islands and the Ryukyus. During the battle for the Ryukyus, a Kamikaze aircraft damaged her to an extent she had to be returned to America for repairs.

USS Indianapolis in dock

Following her re-entering service late in 1945, Indianapolis set out from San Francisco bound for the Pacific Island of Tinian carrying components of atomic weapons intended for use on the Japanese mainland. After successfully delivering the weapons to the US base at Tinian, Indianapolis was dispatched to Guam and from there ordered to join up with the battleship Idaho at Leyte Gulf. Whilst on route to Leyte, at 12.14 am July 30th 1945, one torpedo fired from the Japanese submarine I-58 slammed into her side. Indianapolis went down within 12 minutes taking around 330 of the crew with her, this leaving about 900 in the sea. Due to a blunder in communications, the sinking of Indianapolis went unnoticed until US aircraft spotted survivors on August 2nd. After nearly five days in the shark infested sea, only 321 survivors were picked up, four of which died in hospital soon after.

USS Portland scrapped 1959
USS Portland

USS Indianapolis

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