USS Miami file photo [20767]

USS Miami

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassCleveland-class Light Cruiser
Hull NumberCL-89
BuilderCramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Laid Down2 Aug 1941
Launched8 Dec 1942
Commissioned28 Dec 1943
Decommissioned30 Jun 1947
Displacement10160 tons standard
Length610 feet
Beam66 feet
Draft25 feet
MachineryGeared turbines, 4 screws
Power Output100000 SHP
Speed33 knots
Crew1255
Armament12x150mm guns, 12x130mm guns, 28x40mm guns, 10x20mm guns
Armor5in belt, 6in turrets, 2in deck, 5in conning tower
Aircraft4

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ww2dbaseUSS Miami entered service in Dec 1943 and held her shakedown cruise in the Caribbean Sea. After a period of training along the east coast of the United States, she sailed for the Pacific Ocean alongside of her sister ships Vincennes and Houston, arriving at the Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii in May 1944. In Jul and Aug, She supported actions in the Mariana Islands and Bonin Islands during the American campaign to capture the Mariana Islands, mainly in the role of escorting aircraft carriers. In Sep, she escorted carriers and their aircraft hit Japanese positions on Peleliu and Angaur of the Palau Islands and in the Philippine Islands, in indirect support of the Palau campaign; her scout planes rescued downed US airmen on four occasions during this action. In Oct, she operated off the Okinawa, Japan and the Philippine Islands. During the Leyte Gulf campaign, the aircraft of the carriers she escorted achieved a significant vicotry in the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea on 24 Oct, accompanied the carriers northward as the Americans were baited away from the main action off Samar on the following day, and she, joined by other warships, sank Japanese destroyer Nowaki near the San Bernardino Strait. In Dec 1944, she survived Typhoon Cobra in the Philippine Sea, but suffered the loss of one seaplane and minor damage to the hull; on 19 Dec, the day after the most violent day of the typhoon, she helped rescue survivors of lost ships. In Jan 1945, she escorted carriers while their aircraft hit Japanese positions in Taiwan, Luzon of Philippine Islands, French Indochina, southern China, and Hong Kong. In early Feb, she operated close to Tokyo, Japan while the carrier aircraft struck targets near the Japanese capital. In Mar and Apr 1945, she operated east of Okinawa, Japan, serving in similar roles alongside carriers, facing very frequent Japanese air threats. She departed from the front lines in May for a scheduled overhaul in San Francisco, California, United States, where she would be when the war ended. She returned to the Ryukyu Islands in Sep, accepting the surrender of a Japanese garrison of a small Ryukyu island north of Okinawa. Returning to the United States in Dec 1945, she would serve off California until her decommissioning in 1947. She remained in the Pacific Reserve Fleet until she was scrapped in 1962.

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USS Miami Operational Timeline

2 Aug 1941 The keel of light cruiser Miami was laid down by William Cramp and Sons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
8 Dec 1942 Light cruiser Miami was launched in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sponsored by Mrs. C. H. Reeder, wife of the mayor of Miami, Florida, United States.
28 Dec 1943 USS Miami was commissioned into service with Captain John G. Crawford in command.
16 Apr 1944 USS Miami departed Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
6 May 1944 USS Miami arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
7 Sep 1944 USS Miami escorted aircraft carriers while the carrier aircraft struck Peleliu and Angaur of the Palau Islands.
12 Sep 1944 USS Miami operated off the Philippine Islands in indirect support of the Palau Islands campaign.
13 Sep 1944 USS Miami operated off the Philippine Islands in indirect support of the Palau Islands campaign.
14 Sep 1944 USS Miami operated off the Philippine Islands in indirect support of the Palau Islands campaign.
15 Sep 1944 USS Miami operated off the Philippine Islands in indirect support of the Palau Islands campaign.
29 Sep 1944 USS Miami arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands.
10 Oct 1944 USS Miami operated off Okinawa, Japan.
11 Oct 1944 USS Miami operated off Okinawa, Japan.
12 Oct 1944 USS Miami operated off Okinawa, Japan. After dark, she shot down a Japanese aircraft and assisted in the downing of another.
13 Oct 1944 USS Miami operated off Okinawa, Japan.
14 Oct 1944 USS Miami operated off Okinawa, Japan.
20 Jan 1945 USS Miami transited the Balintang Channel between Taiwan and the Philippine Islands.
21 Jan 1945 USS Miami shot down a Japanese A6M fighter.
1 Feb 1945 Captain Thomas Howell Binford was named the commanding officer of USS Miami while the ship was at sea south of Tokyo, Japan.
10 May 1945 USS Miami departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands.
17 May 1945 USS Miami arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
24 May 1945 USS Miami arrived at San Francisco, California, United States.
25 Aug 1945 USS Miami arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
11 Nov 1945 USS Miami arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands to survey bombing damage to the Japanese base.
25 Nov 1945 USS Miami received orders to return to the United States.
10 Dec 1945 USS Miami arrived at Long Beach, California, United States.
30 Jun 1947 USS Miami was decommissioned from service.
1 Sep 1961 Miami was struck from the US Navy Register.
20 Jul 1962 Light cruiser Miami was sold to Nicholai Joffe Corporation of Beverly Hills, California for scrapping.

Photographs

Launching of light cruiser Miami, William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 8 Dec 1942USS Miami in Camouflage Measure 32 Design 1d, early 1944; war time censor had erased radar antennae and gun directorsUSS Miami underway, date unknownUSS Miami underway, early 1944; note Camouflage Measure 32 Design 1d
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Launching of light cruiser Miami, William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 8 Dec 1942
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