Allied Warships

USS Chester (CA 27)

Heavy cruiser of the Northampton class

USS Chester during the Second World War.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeHeavy cruiser
PennantCA 27 
Built byNew York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down6 Mar 1928 
Launched3 Jul 1929 
Commissioned24 Jun 1930 
End service10 Jun 1946 

Decommissioned 10 June 1946.
Stricken 1 March 1959.
Sold 11 August 1959 to be broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Chester (CA 27)

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1Capt. Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick, USN1 Jul 193810 Apr 1940
2Capt. Mahlon Street Tisdale, USN10 Apr 194021 Mar 1941
3Capt. Thomas Macy Shock, USN21 Mar 194115 Dec 1942
4T/Capt. William Handy Hartt, Jr., USN15 Dec 194220 May 1943
5T/Cdr. Garry William Jewett, Jr., USN20 May 194312 Jul 1943
6Capt. Francis Thomas Spellman, USN12 Jul 194316 Jul 1944
7T/Capt. Henry Hartley, USN16 Jul 19447 Aug 1945
8T/Capt. Laurence Allen Abercrombie, USN7 Aug 1945early 1946

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Notable events involving Chester include:

20 Oct 1942
USS Chester is hit by a torpedo from the Japanese submarine I-176 (offsite link) about 120 nautical miles south-east of San Cristobal, Solomons Island in position 13°31'S, 163°17'E.

USS Chester is hit on the starboard side in her No. 1 engine room. She goes dead in the water but after two hours she is able to slowly steam towards Espirtu Santo where she arrived on 23 October for emergency repairs.

On 29 October she left for Sydney, Australia for further repairs.

On 24 December 1942 Chester departed Sydney for the Norfolk Navy Yard for a complete overhaul. (1)


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