|Ship Class||Baltimore-class Heavy Cruiser|
|Builder||Bethlehem Fore River Shipyard|
|Laid Down||26 May 1941|
|Launched||28 Jul 1942|
|Commissioned||15 Apr 1943|
|Decommissioned||8 Jul 1946|
|Displacement||13,600 tons standard|
|Machinery||General Electric geared turbines with 4 screws|
|Power Output||120,000 SHP|
|Armament||9x8-in, 12x5-in anti aircraft, 48x40mm, 24x20mm|
|Armor||6-in belt, 8-in turrets, 2.5-in deck, 6.5-in conning tower|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe lead ship of a class of fourteen heavy cruisers was sent to the Gilbert Islands in Nov 1943 as her first mission, providing naval gun support during the landing operations at Makin Atoll. Assuming similar roles, Baltimore subsequent support operations at Kwajalein and Eniwetok, the Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands, Palau, New Guinea, and Marcus Island. She briefly became President Franklin Roosevelt's personal ship in Jul and Aug 1944 when she ferried the American leader from continental United States to Hawaii for a meeting with Admiral Chester Nimitz and General Douglas MacArthur. Late in 1944, she participated in bombardments in the Philippine Islands, Taiwan, and China, while directly supporting the landings on Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
ww2dbaseAfter WW2, Baltimore was briefly mothballed, but was recommissioned for the Korean War. She was decommissioned in 1956, and sold for scrapping in May 1972. Two hundred tons of armor plate removed from her was given to the Fermi National Accelerator Labratory.
ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center.
Last Major Revision: Dec 2005
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Baltimore Operational Timeline
|15 Apr 1943Â||Baltimore was commissioned into service.|
|21 Jul 1944Â||USS Baltimore depart San Diego, California, United States, with destroyers USS Fanning and USS Cummings in escort and US President Franklin Roosevelt aboard, for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.|
|9 Aug 1944Â||Franklin Roosevelt disembarked the cruiser USS Baltimore and embarked the destroyer USS Cummings at Auke Bay, Alaska near Juneau.|
|8 Jul 1946Â||Baltimore was decommissioned from service.|
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