Allied Warships

USS Brooklyn (CL 40)

Light cruiser of the Brooklyn class


USS Brooklyn in 1942.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeLight cruiser
ClassBrooklyn 
PennantCL 40 
Built byNew York Navy Yard (New York, New York, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down12 Mar 1935 
Launched30 Nov 1936 
Commissioned30 Sep 1937 
End service3 Jan 1947 
History

Decomissioned 3 January 1947. Transferred to Chile on 9 January 1951 being renamed O'Higgins.
O'Higgins was decomissioned early in the 1990's and she foundered on the way to the ship breakers.

 

Commands listed for USS Brooklyn (CL 40)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. William Denny Brereton, Jr., USN30 Sep 193718 May 1939
2Captain William Ward Smith, USN18 May 19395 Feb 1941
3Capt. Ellis Spencer Stone, USN5 Feb 194112 Jun 1942
4Francis Compton Denebrink, USN12 Jun 194214 Feb 1943 (1)
5Capt. Humbert William Ziroli, USN14 Feb 194311 Oct 1943 (1)
6Capt. Robert Webster Cary, Jr., USN11 Oct 194316 Feb 1944
7T/Capt. Frank Chester Layne, USN16 Feb 194412 Apr 1944
8Capt. Frank Riley Dodge, USN12 Apr 194414 Jan 1945 (1)
9T/Cdr. Herbert Frederick Eckberg, USN14 Jan 194512 Apr 1945
10T/Capt. William Francis Fitzgerald, Jr,, USN12 Apr 194526 Sep 1945
11T/Cdr. Edson Hill Whitehurst, USN26 Sep 194530 Oct 1945
12Frank Anthony Zimanski, USN30 Oct 19455 Jan 1946
13Harold Chase Lank, USN5 Jan 194630 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Brooklyn include:


19 Nov 1943
Around 1100 hours, USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) and her escort; USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN) joined USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN) and her escort; USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Edison (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN). In the afternoon USS Ellson, USS Rodman and USS Emmons were detached.

20 Nov 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) arrived at Mers El Kebir where her 'passengers' left the ship.

She departed Mers El Kebir later the same day to proceed to Bahia, Brazil.

At sea she re-joined USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN), HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.T. Addis, RN) and their escort; USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Edison (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

21 Nov 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) passed Gibaltar Straits westbound into the Atlantic.

Around 0540 hours, HMS Sheffield, departed the formation.

Around 0820 hours, USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN) arrived to take over the escort of USS Iowa and USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN) and her escort; USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Edison (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) departed the formation and set course for Gibraltar.


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