Personally I like the Omaha
class just because there is a light cruiser called the USS Detroit
, a useful ship to the USN and after Pearl Harbor served as an escort on the West Coast, was later deployed having a long service life off Alaska, and ended her war service as a flagship for the 5th Fleet replenishment group. After the War Detroit
served in Operation Magic Carpet
and was scrapped in the post war period.
Yes, the Omaha
class were fragile, those rivets made them worrisome ships in a combat zone. Strange the 4 Piper type destroyers of WWII did not have the same liability issue with rivets.
Still, the Omaha
s were much more useful than the German post WWI light cruiser Emden
or the Königsberg
The Navy knew full well that the Omahas were fragile sisters, and kept well away in secondary areas until the period of overwhelming superiority. The Marblehead's story was a minor epic at the time when good news was rare, and her repair reflects that. If it had happened in 1945, she'd have been left in a dockyard to await scrapping.
Where Away? is hard to find, but there's a nice Kindle edition available.