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USS Bremerton (CA 130)

- decommissioned -

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USS BREMERTON was a BALTIMORE - class heavy cruiser and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. Decommissioned on July 29, 1960, and stricken from the Navy list in October 1973, the BREMERTON was sold for scrapping in July 1974.

General Characteristics:Awarded: 1942
Keel laid: February 1, 1943
Launched: July 2, 1944
Commissioned: April 29, 1945
Decommissioned: April 9, 1948
Recommissioned: November 23, 1951
Decommissioned: July 29, 1960
Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ.
Propulsion system: geared turbines; 120,000 shaft horsepower
Length: 673.5 feet (205.3 meters)
Beam: 70.9 feet (21.6 meters)
Draft: 24 feet (7.3 meters)
Displacement: approx. 17,000 tons full load
Speed: 33 knots
Aircraft: none
Armament: nine 8-inch (20.3cm)/55 caliber guns from three triple mounts, twelve 5-inch (12.7cm)/38 caliber guns from six twin mounts, 14 3-inch (7.6 cm)/50 caliber guns, three Regulus I missiles
Crew: 59 officers and 1083 enlisted

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Crew List:

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

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USS BREMERTON was launched 2 July 1944 by New York Shipbuilding Corps., Camden, N.J.; sponsored by Miss Elizabeth K. McGowan; and commissioned 29 April 1945, Captain J. B. Mallard in command.

BREMERTON left Norfolk for her shakedown cruise in the waters off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 29 May 1945. Toward the end of the shakedown period she served as flagship for Admiral Jonas Ingram, Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet, during his South American tour of inspection. She returned to the United States and engaged in experimental work at Casco Bay, Maine, from 22 July to 2 October 1945.

On 7 November 1945 she sailed to Guantanamo Bay for further training. She then proceeded to Pearl Harbor, enroute for duty in the 7th Fleet. BREMERTON arrived at Pearl harbor 15 December 1945 and Inchon, Korea, 4 January 1946. She operated in the Far East until 20 November 1946 when she arrived at San Pedro, Calif. She participated in type training and made one reserve training cruise off the west coast before placed out of commission in reserve at San Francisco 9 April 1948.

BREMERTON was recommissioned 23 November 1951. After refresher training she joined the 7th Fleet for her first cruise of the Korean war zone. Her guns blasted enemy lines at Wonsan, Kojo, Chongjin, and Changjon Hang, Korea. On 13 September 1952 she was relieved and returned to Long Beach.

Seven months were devoted to overhaul, drills, and gunnery exercises and then on 5 April 1953 BREMERTON again departed Long Beach for a tour with the 7th Fleet. Upon joining TF 77 her guns pounded enemy installations, troops, and railroads in Korea.

Completing this tour in November, BREMERTON returned to Long Beach and commenced a shipyard overhaul. With overhaul completed, she conducted extensive training and then departed for another tour of the Western Pacific 14 May 1954. On 17 October 1954 BREMERTON returned to Long Beach. On 12 July 1955 after a rigid training period, BREMERTON again sailed for duties in the Far East. After the completion of this cruise 12 February 1956, she made another tour of the Western Pacific.

BREMERTON was modified in about 1957 to carry Regulus surface-to-surface guided missiles. Decommissioned for the last time in July 1960, the ship remained in the Reserve Fleet until October 1973, when she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. She was sold for scrapping in July 1974.

BREMERTON received two battle stars for service performed during the Korean action.

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