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CAPTAIN BERTRAM I. RODGERS. USN
Icxnuary 1943 to September 1943
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U15 Peace years - 192 9-1941
On December ll, 1029, the Salt Lake City went into com-
mission at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and became the pride
of the fleet.
Her commissioning was a national event. She was the first
major naval vessel to be commissioned in two years. She was
a symptom that the nation was rousing from an optimistic dream
world in which serious people believed that peace would last
forever. Other nations had started intensive cruiser building
programs, and the Salt Lake City was the first example of our
answer that was to play an important part in the greatest war
The Salt Lake City was built by the New York Shipbuilding
Co. at Camden, N. I. She was ordered luly 0, l920, and her keel
was laid Iune 9, l927. The launching took place on lanuary 23,
l929, iwith Miss Helen Budge of Salt Lake City, Utah, acting as
sponsor and Miss Gaylie Rich as maid of honor. A sister ship,
the Pensacola, had been ordered sixteen months before the
Salt Lake City, but she was built at the New York Navy Yard
and was not commissioned until two months after the Salt
Lake city. A
Commissioning ceremonies were simple. The flag was run
up. Admiral lulian T. Latimer, U.S.N., read the commissioning
order. The Star Spangled Banner was played by the ship's
band. Capt. Fredrick L. Oliver, U.S.N., took command and ad-
dressed the crew. Mr. A. L. Mackenzie, representing Salt Lake
City, Utah, presented a silver service, the city's gift to the ship,
and the .cruiser became a part of the United States Navy.
The ship was built under the limitations of the Washington
Arms Conference, which sought to end war by limiting the
size of weapons. Her 10,000 tons nudged the treaty maximum.
Her .eight inch guns were the largest allowed. Although later
cruisers so outstripped the Salt Lake City in protection that she
and the Pensacola were referred to as "tin clads", her light armor
and compartmentation were hailed then as outstanding.
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