Light Cruisers


Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Phoenix

By: Mark Loproto

Named in honor of Arizona’s capital city, the light cruiser USS Phoenix (CL-46) was launched in March of 1938 and commissioned into the US Navy on October 3. Her initial... Read More

USS Juneau Sailor Finally Receives Recognition

By: Mark Loproto

On November 13, 1942, during the Battle of Guadalcanal, USS Juneau (CL-52) was hit by several torpedoes from the Japanese submarine I-26 and sank. All but ten men died, some... Read More

Pearl Harbor Ships on the Morning of the Attack

By: Bruce Danforth

There were 130 vessels of the US Navy's Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, the day of the Japanese surprise attack. Ninety-six of the Pearl Harbor ships... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Detroit

By: Bruce Danforth

USS Detroit (CL-8), an Omaha-class light cruiser, was first laid down on November 10, 1920 and commissioned into the US Navy on July 31, 1923. Detroit's early years were mainly... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Raleigh

By: Mark Loproto

The USS Utah (AG-16), originally commissioned as a battleship designated (BB-31), had long been demilitarized and used as a target ship. Unarmed, she posed no threat, a fact the leaders... Read More

Wreckage of USS Helena Located

By: Mark Loproto

On April 11, 2018, a research team headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen discovered the wreckage of the USS Helena (CL-50, the team's third World War II-era shipwreck discovery of... Read More

USS Juneau: Another Historic Find for RV Petrel

By: Mark Loproto

On March 17, 2018, an autonomous underwater vehicle operating from the Research Vessel Petrel discovered the wreckage of the American light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52). The explorations of the Petrel are led by Paul... Read More

The American Fleet Damaged at Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

When discussing the ships lost at Pearl Harbor, it’s easy to focus solely on the battleships that took the brunt of the attack, but there were many other ships present, and few of... Read More

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