USS Worcester

CL-144 -- 1948 - 1958

Ship's Specifications:

Specifications at commissioning:

Displacement - 14,000 tons

Length - 680 feet

Width - 71 feet

Draft - 26 feet

120,000 SHP – 4 x 620 PSI boilers

Geared steam turbines, 4 screws

Maximum speed 33 knots at flank speed

Ship's Complement - 1,070 men

Construction cost - $30,000,000

Armament (as built and early 1949):

Main battery:

   12 x 6-in/47 Mk16 dual purpose guns mounted in six 2-gun turrets

Secondary battery:

    5 x dual 3-in/50 Mk27 caliber mounts port side (3-in/50s were installed in early 1949)

    5 x dual 3-in/50 Mk27 caliber mounts starboard side

    1 x dual 3-in/50 Mk27 caliber mount bow

    2 x single 3-in/50 Mk33 caliber mounts on blisters on each side of the fantail

Before commissioning approximately six 20mm mounts were installed for gunnery practice during the shakedown cruise. These 20mm guns were removed when the 3-in/50s were installed as noted above.

 

RADAR and Fire Control (as built and early 1949):

Main Search Radars:

SR-2 - type radar - located on the mainmast (replaced by the SR-6)

SR-6 - type radar - located on a stub mast forward of aft stack

SG-6 - surface search radar - located on the mainmast

SP-1 - height-finding radar - located on the aftermast

 

Fire Control Radars/Fire Control Systems:

Qty

Radar System

Fire Control System

Weapon System

2

Mk 13

Mk 37

surface fire control via 2 centerline Mk 37s

4

Mk 25

Mk 37

6" guns (2 on centerline, 2 on waist)

4

Mk 35

Mk 56

3"/50 guns, except bow and aft mounts

6

Mk 27

 

Mounted on 6" turrets - projectile velocity and ranging

1

 

 

bow 3"/50

2

Mk 34

Mk 63

aft 3"/50s

 Armor (as built):

5” tapering to 3" Main Belt

1" main deck with 3 1/2" overbelt to cover magazines and machinery

6 ½”  Face, 4" crown and 2-3" rear on Turrets

5” Barbettes

4" Bulkheads

5” Conning Tower