Salt Lake City (CA 25) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1946

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The size of the fleet reviewed, contrasted with the hundreds of vessels engaged in the late war, indicates wartime growth of the Navy. The fleet reviewed by President Hoover consisted of ten slow, cage-masted battleships, nine cruisers, thirty de- stroyers, two aircraft carriers, two submarines and the dirigible Los Angeles. During the maneuvers, the Salt Lake City had her first "air attack", a playful zooming by planes from the Saratoga, a far cry from the startling Kamikaze attacks she was to undergo later. ln subsequent years, the Salt Lake City proved her leader- ship in the peacetime fleet competitions. She was first in engineering performance among Pacific Fleet heavy cruisers. She made the highest torpedo score ever made by a cruiser of the United States Navy and in l933 her aviation unit won the highest merit for aircraft gunnery in the heavy cruiser class. ln sports, she was outstanding. Her crew contained the all-Navy wrestling champion and the wrestling and boxing champs of the scouting force. She won the general excellence athletic trophy for the year l933-34, and her whaleboat crews were the best in the fleet. From l93l to l933, her whaleboaters scored the highest number of points in the scouting force. Her first enlistment crew was especially good. lt lost only one race, and that by only two-fifths of a second. 'ir ir if THE ONE SHIP FLEET 7 December 1941-12 October 1942 "She is the oldest heavy cruiser in the U. S. Navy. So bare of streamlined beauty is her ungainly silhouette that corre- spondent Bob Casey CTorpedo lunctionl fondly fastened the nickname 'Swayback Maru' on her when the censors would not let him reveal her real name. Because she never got hit hard enough to be sent home for repairs, she never got much pub- licity. But many a high-ranking Navy man willingly conceded by last week that on performance the Salt Lake City was the No. l U. S. cruiser of the war."-From, Time, March 3, l943. When war came, the Salt Lake City was 200 miles west of 8

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