Here goes my entry. WC- 813
The USS Brooklyn class is a light cruiser, one of seven to be produced in the Brooklyn class cruisers. She was laid down as a response to the I.J.N Mogami-class cruisers. USS Brooklyn boasted a speed of 32.5 kt (37.4 MPH). Made possible by four geared turbines. Her main armament consist of 15 (5x3) 6'' (150 mm). For armor her main belt was 3 1/4- 5 in (83-127 mm), the deck armor was 2 in (51 mm). The dry ship weight came in around just under 10,000 tons (9,767), with her full load she comes in at 12,207 tons. As mentioned before her weight is just under 10,000 tons because of the 1992 Washington Naval Arms Limitation Treaty. The treaty limited the size and armament of warships to prevent a naval arms race between country's. Finally after the Brooklyn class was approved by Congress. USS Brooklyn was constructed and launched on November, 30th 1936. Later to be commissioned into the United States Navy on September, 30th 1937.
Duties and Pre- World War 2:
Before Brooklyn saw action in World war 2, she underwent a shakedown. They test the performance of the ship, as well as its crew on numerous things. It was in essence a max stress test of the ship and its crew. After shakedown, she joined the fleet in the Panama Canal during the latter of 1938 and was assigned to cruiser division 8. After doing regular duties with her fleet, she returned to the U.S. in mid April, attending the opening of the New York World fair in April 30th, 1939. In early June she participated in rescue and salvage operations of SS-192, six miles south of the Isles of Shoals. Brooklyn then set sail for the west coast, where she attended the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge (February 18th, 1940). Brooklyn served on the west coast until March of 1941. Throughout the rest of 1941, Brooklyn did a tour of the South Pacific, later to join the Atlantic Squadron on the east coast. She escorted the convoy of marines to the capitol of Iceland. For the remainder of 1941, Brooklyn took part in escorting convoys, and neutrality patrols.
World War 2 :
With entry of the United States into World War 2. Brooklyn went straight to the Caribbean form Bermuda to patrol the Caribbean. In April of 1942, Brooklyn was assigned convoy escort duty with the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. On September 3, During this trans-Atlantic escort USS Wakefield caught fire deep within her bowls. She ended up having to be abandon by her crew, Brooklyn rescued 1,173 troops that were aboard Wakefield. On October 24th 1992, Brooklyn sailed for North Africa. Once there she bombarded shore installations. During this a dud projectile did hit the ship, from an on shore installation, damaging two of her guns and wounding five of her crew. Between January and July of 1943, Brooklyn made three convoys escorts between the east coast and Casablanca. After which she provided screening and fire support in the Mediterranean, during the invasion of Sicily. While still in the Mediterranean, Brooklyn covered the Anzio-Nettuno (aka Operation Shingle) landings (22nd January- February 9th, 1944). From May 13th to the 23rd, Brooklyn bombarded the Formia-Anzio area. On the 15th of August 1944, Brooklyn participated in the heavy bombardment off the coast of southern France. In preparation for allied troops to land on the beach, Brooklyn remained in the Mediterranean until the 21st of November 1944. She arrived back in the U.S. on the 30th of November in New York.
Post War/ Aftermath:
Brooklyn ended up undergoing extensive overhaul at the New York Naval Yard. She spent a brief time on the eastern seaboard exercising. Thereafter, she reported to the Philadelphia ship yard, to stay in the reserves for about a year. Ultimately USS Brooklyn was decommissioned on the 3rd of January 1947. She was then transferred over to the Chilean Navy almost 4 years later under a new name O' Higgins. She would go on to serve 40 years in the Chilean Navy, before being sold for scrap in 1992. While on her way to the scrap yard she unfortunately sank, right off Pitcairn Island. One of her turrets was preserved at the Chilean Naval base in Talcahuano.
USS Brooklyn was a fine ship, she had a great service record having earned four battle stars for her service in World War 2. She was vital to all the convoys that she escorted, as well as her fire support in the many invasions and conflicts that she was in. Not only that, but for her to go over to a different Navy and serve another 40 years is memorable! In my opinion I think that just goes to show the testament of this ship and all that its been through.