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  USS Astoria (CA-34)
New Orleans Class
Heavy Cruiser

9,375 tons
588' 2" x 61' 9" x 19' 5"
9 × 8"guns (3x3)
8 × 5" guns
2 x 37mm guns
8 × 50 cal machine guns

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USN July 8, 1942

Ship History
Astoria was the lead ship of her class, first to be laid down but received a later hull number than USS New Orleans because she was launched second. Laid down on September 1, 1930 at the Puget Sound Navy Yard. Reclassified as a heavy cruiser CA-34 on July 1, 1931. Launched on December 16, 1933 and commissioned on April 28, 1934 with Captain Edmund S. Root in command.

During the summer of 1934, Astoria conducted lengthy shake-down cruise in the course of which she voyaged extensively in the Pacific. In addition to the Hawaiian Islands, the heavy cruiser also visited Samoa, Fiji, Sydney Australia, and Nouméa on the island of New Caledonia. She returned to San Francisco on 26 September 1934.


Sinking History
On August 9, 1942 sunk during the Battle of Savo Island into Iron Bottom Sound to the southeast of Savo Island.

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020


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