USS Portland (CA 33)
Heavy cruiser of the Portland class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||17 Feb 1930|
|Launched||21 May 1932|
|Commissioned||23 Feb 1933|
|End service||12 Jul 1946|
Decommissioned 12 July 1946.
Commands listed for USS Portland (CA 33)
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|1||Capt. Howard Hall Crosby, USN||2 Jun 1938||31 May 1940|
|2||Clifford Evans van Hook, USN||31 May 1940||Jan 1942|
|3||Capt. Robert Rowe Thompson, USN||Jan 1942||25 Apr 1942|
|4||Benjamin Perleman, USN||25 Apr 1942||16 May 1942 (1)|
|5||Capt. Laurance Toombs Du Bose, USN||16 May 1942||20 Apr 1943|
|6||T/Capt. Theodore Rudolph Wirth, USN||20 Apr 1943||5 May 1943|
|7||T/Rear-Admiral Laurance Toombs Du Bose, USN||5 May 1943||7 May 1943|
|8||Arthur Daniel Burhans, USN||7 May 1943||3 Feb 1944|
|9||T/Rear-Admiral Thomas Greenhow Williams Settle, USN||3 Feb 1944||26 Jul 1945|
|10||T/Capt. Lyman Augustus Thackrey, USN||26 Jul 1945||12 Jul 1946 (1)|
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Notable events involving Portland include:
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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