Allied Warships

USS Canberra (CA 70)

Heavy cruiser of the Baltimore class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeHeavy cruiser
PennantCA 70 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1940 
Laid down3 Sep 1941 
Launched19 Apr 1943 
Commissioned14 Oct 1943 
End service2 Feb 1970 

USS Canberra was named in honour of the Australian cruiser HMAS Canberra lost in action at Savo Island on 9 August 1942.

Decommissioned 7 March 1947.
Recommissioned as guided missile cruiser on 15 June 1956.
Decommissioned 2 February 1970.
Stricken 31 July 1978.
Sold 31 July 1980 and broken up for scrap.

Former namePittsburgh

Commands listed for USS Canberra (CA 70)

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1Capt. Alexander Rieman Early, USN14 Oct 194325 Feb 1945
2T/Cdr. Richard Benjamin Levin, USN25 Feb 194517 Jul 1945
3T/Capt. Russell Million Ihrig, USN17 Jul 194518 May 1946

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