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USS Fresno (CL 121)

- later CLAA 121 -
- decommissioned -


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USS FRESNO was the last ship in the OAKLAND - class of light cruisers and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. USS FRESNO was decommissioned in May 1949 to become part of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Following a decade and a half in "mothballs", she was stricken from the list of Navy list in April 1965 and sold for scrapping in June 1966.

General Characteristics:Awarded: 1943
Keel laid: February 12, 1945
Launched: March 5, 1946
Commissioned: November 27, 1946
Decommissioned: May 17, 1949
Builder: Federal Shipbuilding Co., Kearny, N.J.
Propulsion system: geared turbines, 75,000 shp
Propellers: two
Length: 541.7 feet (165.1 meters)
Beam: 53.15 feet (16.2 meters)
Draft: 20.7 feet (6.3 meters)
Displacement: approx. 8,340 tons fully loaded
Speed: 32.5 knots
Aircraft: none
Armament: twelve 12.7cm 5-inch/38 caliber guns in six twin mounts, 28 x 40mm guns
Crew: 63 officers and 785 enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS FRESNO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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USS FRESNO History:

USS FRESNO was launched 5 March 1946 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. Ruth R. Martin; and commissioned 27 November 1946, Captain E. B. Strauss in command.

During her first operational cruise, from 13 January 1947 to 7 May, FRESNO not only concluded her preliminary training in the Caribbean, but also visited Montevideo, Uruguay, during a presidential inauguration and called at Rio de Janeiro. On 1 August, she sailed from Norfolk for a tour of duty which took her to ports both of northern Europe and the Mediterranean, returning to Norfolk 1 December.

A second overseas deployment, from 3 March 1948 to 19 June, found FRESNO visiting Amsterdam, Dublin, Bergen, and Copenhagen from her overseas base at Plymouth, England. She was reclassified CLAA 121 on 18 March 1949.

Her coastwise operations from Norfolk included cruises to Prince Edward's Island and Bermuda prior to her decommissioning at New York Naval Ship Yard 17 May 1949. Placed in reserve, she was berthed at Bayonne, N.J. She was sold for scrap 17 June 1966.


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