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600.3' x 66.1' x 16.5'
9 × 8" guns
8 × 5" guns
6 × 21 in torpedo tubes
24 x 40mm AA in quads
28 x 20mm AA
During 1931 shakedown cruise, from Bremerton via the Panama Canal to New York City. Returning from New York, she participated in the 1932 fleet problems before commencing gunnery exercises in the San Pedro to San Diego. During the winter of 1933 traveled to Hawaii then returned to San Pedro and was used as a school for anti-aircraft training.
In April 1934, the cruiser steamed out of San Diego to begin a nine-month voyage to Central America, Caribbean, and the east coast then returned to California in late fall. Participated in gunnery and tactical exercises until the spring of 1935, then departed for Dutch Harbor then to Pearl Harbor for fleet training.
Operated off the West Coast, participating in the 1936 and 1937 fleet problems, trips to Latin America and training. In January 1938, Louisville began a Pacific cruise to Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti. While at Sydney Harbor, the crew of rescued a number of passengers from a sightseeing ferryboat which had capsized when most of the passengers crowded to the rail to wave at the departing cruiser. Afterwards returned to Pearl Harbor for fleet problems.
During the winter of 1939 participated in fleet exercises in the Caribbean until May then returned to the west coast, then to Hawaii for training. Back to Long Beach, California for an extended cruise through the Panama Canal to South America including Bahia, Brazil, then to Simonstown, South Africa and received a $148 million in gold from the British government and delivered the gold to New York for deposit in the United States, then departed for the Pacific.
During February 1-2, 1942 she escorted the carriers that raided the Gilbert and Marshalls. During this action, she lost one of her floatplanes.
On August 7, 1942 Rear Admiral William W. Smith's Task Group 8.6 (TG 8.6) bombardment group shells Kiska Island including USS Louisville (CA-28), USS Indianapolis (CA-35), USS Nashville (CL-43), USS Honolulu (CL-48) and USS St. Louis (CL-49) plus destroyers USS Elliot (DD-146), USS Reid (DD-369), USS Case (DD-370), USS Gridley (DD-380) and USS McCall (DD-400). Although fog limited observation their floatplanes reported ships sinking in Kiska Harbor and fires burning among shore installations. The Japanese were caught by surprise and took fifteen minutes before shore batteries returned fire and Japanese seaplanes made ineffective attacks. The operation was considered a success despite the scanty information on its results.
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