Allied Warships

USS Portland (CA 33)

Heavy cruiser of the Portland class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeHeavy cruiser
PennantCA 33 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down17 Feb 1930 
Launched21 May 1932 
Commissioned23 Feb 1933 
End service12 Jul 1946 

Decommissioned 12 July 1946.
Stricken 1 March 1959.
Sold 6 October 1959 to be broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Portland (CA 33)

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1Capt. Herbert Fairfax Leary, USN23 Feb 19331 Jun 1934

2Robert Rowe Thompson, USN1 Jan 194225 Apr 1942
3Capt. Laurance Toombs Dubose, USN16 May 194220 Apr 1943
4Theodore Rudolph Wirth, USN20 Apr 194325 Apr 1943
5Benjamin Perleman, USN25 Apr 19435 May 1943 (1)
6Capt. Laurance Toombs Dubose, USN5 May 19437 May 1943
7Arthur Daniel Burhans, USN7 May 19433 Feb 1944
8Capt. Thomas Greenhow Williams Settle, USN3 Feb 194426 Jul 1945
9Capt Lyman Augustus Thackrey, USN26 Jul 1945 (1)

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Notable events involving Portland include:

Feb 1933
USS Portland, first of a class of two 9800-ton heavy cruisers, was built at Quincy, Massachusetts. Commissioned in February 1933, she took part in the search for survivors of the crashed airship Akron in April of that year. During the rest of the 1930s, Portland operated with the U.S. Fleet in the Pacific and Caribbean areas, with occasional special assignments that took her elsewhere. In October 1935, she escorted USS Houston (CA-30), with President Roosevelt on board, on a voyage from San Diego, California, through the Panama Canal to Charleston, South Carolina. She first crossed the Equator during Fleet manoeuvres in May 1936. (2)

13 Nov 1942
During the First Battle of Guadalcanal she was hit by a "Long Lance" torpedo. Explosion caused rudder damage. USS Portland was able only to circulate, but survived this battle and even managed to do some damage to the Japanese battlecrusier Hiei. (2)

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