On this day in Alabama history: Navy commissioned USS Birmingham

On this day in Alabama history: Navy commissioned USS Birmingham
Launching the USS Birmingham (CL-62) at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia on Mar. 20, 1942. (Courtesy of James Russell, Catalog #: NH 75592, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, DC)

January 29, 1943

The U.S. Navy commissioned the USS Birmingham, a light cruiser of the Cleveland class. Displacing 10,000 tons of water, the Birmingham carried a main armament of four turrets with three six-inch guns and six secondary turrets of dual-mounted five-inch guns and housed a crew of 1,200 that included more than a dozen from the city of Birmingham. The ship saw action in both the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters of World War II and suffered heavy damage on three occasions – the final time from a kamikaze attack during the Battle of Okinawa. The Birmingham earned nine battle stars for her service and was decommissioned in 1947.

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