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Saturday, February 18, 2012

COMPLETED TOO LATE FOR WWII SERVICE THE USS DES MOINES, SALEM AND NEPORT NEWS WERE TO BE THE ULTIMATE ALL-GUN HEAVY CRUISER OF THE U.S. NAVY

They were called the "Three-Sisters" and these three vessels actually came into being due to the 'kamikaze squadron's' that was having a heavy impact on our warships of the time.

To counter these squadrons we needed some heavy-caliber antiaircraft weapons.....so this is how the " All-Gun Cruisers" came into being designed and built.

They were being designed from the proved Baltimore-class of the 1940....and to couple these massive vessels with the new fast firing automatic 8in/.55-cal at the time being developed. 

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