Destroyer USS Laffey (foreground) and cruiser USS Juneau in Luganville anchorage, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 16 Sep 1942. Both ships arrived with survivors of the sunken USS Wasp (Wasp-class). Photo 2 of 4.

Caption   Destroyer USS Laffey (foreground) and cruiser USS Juneau in Luganville anchorage, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 16 Sep 1942. Both ships arrived with survivors of the sunken USS Wasp (Wasp-class). Photo 2 of 4. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
Identification Code   NH 97866
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Juneau   Main article  Photos  
Laffey (Benson-class)   Main article  Photos  
Mark 12 5-inch/38 caliber   Main article  Photos  
Photos in Series See all photos in this series
Photos on Same Day 16 Sep 1942
Photos at Same Place Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 Jan 2019

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. steve voorhees says:
5 Jan 2020 04:41:04 PM

The date of the photo, Sept 16, 1942 predates the Laffey's construction and main gun mounts are wrong. The ship shown is a Fletcher class DD.
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
6 Jan 2020 04:53:09 PM

Steve Voorhees (above):
Well, we were half right. This image had been linked to the USS Laffey (Allen M Sumner-class – DD-724) which, as you say, had not been built by the date of the photograph. The photograph actually shows the USS Laffey (Benson-class – DD-459) which was sunk off Savo Island two months after this photo was taken. Our mistake was that this photo was linked to the wrong Laffey. This has now been corrected and thank you for bringing this to our attention.
3. steve voorhees says:
11 Jan 2020 10:08:26 AM

David, I did recognize my error on the ID as a Fletcher class. As you say, half right.

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