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USS Pensacola CA-24 (1926), (1943 configuration)

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  Pensacola was a Pensacola class heavy cruiser, in service between 1929 to 1945. She was the lead ship of the Pensacola class, the third Navy ship to be named after the city of Pensacola, Florida, and she was nicknamed the "Grey Ghost" by Tokyo Rose. She received 13 battle stars for her service in WWII.

Her service during the interwar period was quite routine, participating in fleet exercises, known as "Fleet problems" during her service in the 1930s. In 1940, Pensacola was one of six ships to receive the new RCA CXAM radar. Just before the war, Pensacola departed Pearl Harbor on 29 November 1941, with the so-called "Pensacola Convoy" bound for Manila, in the Philippines. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the convoy was diverted to Australia, entering Brisbane harbor on 22 December. Pensacola returned to Pearl Harbor on 19 January 1942, and put to sea on 5 February to patrol the approaches to the Samoan Islands. On 17 February 1942, she rendezvoused off Samoa with Carrier Task Force 11.

During WWII, she was present in many major engagements during the Pacific theater, including the Battle of Midway, where she helped provide defensive AA fire against Japanese attack planes, and during the Guadalcanal campaign. During the Battle of Tassafaronga, Pensacola was hit by a torpedo, which hit her below the mainmast on the portside. Her engine room flooded, three gun turrets went out of commission, and her oil tanks ruptured. The oil-fed flames engulfed Pensacola's main deck aft where ammunition exploded. Only supreme effort and skillful damage control by her men saved the ship. The fire—punctuated by the frightful explosion of 8-inch projectiles in her Number 3 turret—gradually subsided. Pensacola made steady progress toward Tulagi. She arrived there still aflame. After 12 hours the last fire was quenched. Her dead numbered seven officers and 118 men. One officer and 67 men were injured.

Pensacola would spend the latter half of the war screening aircraft carriers, and participating in occasional shore bombardment, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa. When the war ended, she would embark 200 veterans from Iwo Jima, and then nearly 700 from Guam for transport to the continental United States.

She participated in Operation Crossroads, surviving two atomic bombs. She was then decommissioned on August 26. Pensacola was then sunk as a target ship on November 10, 1948, sinking 100 miles off the Washington coast.

In Minecraft, Pensacola is in her 1943 configuration, as her RCA CXAM radar is present on her, and she is equipped with OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes. This ship was requested by one of my friends a while ago, and it's one of the first ships that I decided to focus on detail and historical accuracy, and I constructed this ship way before I made my PMC account. I also have a Youtube video that was also made a while ago, so you can check that out too. I will be offering a map file for this ship, as parts of this ship can not be built in survival.


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Source: USS Pensacola (CA-24) - Wikipedia
Picture of Pensacola with USS Hornet: NavSource Naval History - Photo Archive Main Index
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