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Posted by Gary Johnson on May 7, 2018, 7:43:37, in reply to "Did the WW2 USN suffer from a shortage of heavy cruisers? "
Yes, the USN suffered major losses to the cruiser force during 1942. New cruisers were planned or being built (e.g., ATLANTA and BALTIMORE classes). However, the traditional role of the cruiser as a scouting force had already changed due to the emergence of aircraft carriers. The future of cruisers really was embodied in the ATLANTA AA cruisers whose primary function was to protect the carriers. The role was also thrust upon the fast battleships. The last action by a fast BB came in November 1942 when the WASHINGTON and SOUTH DAKOTA engaged the KIRISHIMA.
Thus, the cruiser shortage was largely a reflection of the need for AA platforms. To their credit and glory, the cruiser gorce's sacrifices carried the USN surface fleet through the South Pacific battles in 1942.
: Considering war losses at beginning of war why
: so few heavy cruisers being added to the USN
: WW2 fleet? Was it resources and economy or
: doctrine and tactic change?
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