USS Chester (CA 27)
Heavy cruiser of the Northampton class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||New York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||6 Mar 1928|
|Launched||3 Jul 1929|
|Commissioned||24 Jun 1930|
|End service||10 Jun 1946|
Decommissioned 10 June 1946.
Commands listed for USS Chester (CA 27)
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|1||Capt. Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick, USN||1 Jul 1938||10 Apr 1940|
|2||Mahlon Street Tisdale, USN||10 Apr 1940||21 Mar 1941|
|3||Capt. Thomas Macy Shock, USN||21 Mar 1941||15 Dec 1942|
|4||T/Capt. William Handy Hartt, Jr., USN||15 Dec 1942||20 May 1943|
|5||T/Cdr. Garry William Jewett, Jr., USN||20 May 1943||12 Jul 1943|
|6||Capt. Francis Thomas Spellman, USN||12 Jul 1943||16 Jul 1944|
|7||T/Capt. Henry Hartley, USN||16 Jul 1944||7 Aug 1945|
|8||T/Capt. Laurence Allen Abercrombie, USN||7 Aug 1945||early 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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