The International Naval Research Organization is a non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement of the study of naval vessels and their histories, principally in the era of iron and steel warships (about 1860 to date). Its purpose is to provide information and a means of contact for those interested in warships. The principal activity of INRO for over 50 years has been the publication of a quarterly journal, Warship International, recognized internationally as the leading and most authoritative publication in the field. Auxiliary services include a Book Service, offering a 10 per cent discount on current naval books, and the Photo Service, which provides warship photos at a nominal price.
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USS Newport News (CA-148), a Des Moines Class Heavy Gun cruiser The USS Newport News, along with the USS Salem and Des Moines, made up this class of USN heavy cruisers.  These vessels did not enter service until well after the end of WW II, with the Newport News not being commissioned until 29 January 1949.  The ship was laid down on 1 November 1945 and launched on 6   March 1948,  and  was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., located in Newport News, Virginia. The ship had a length of 716 feet over all, which was 36 feet longer than the USN’s Indiana Class of 36,000 tons standard displacement, battleships.  They were considered to be the largest heavy gun cruisers ever built.  These ships had a standard displacement of 17,000 tons. Highlights of this class of ships, beside their large size, was the installation of nine -   8 inch automatic rapid-fire guns, and the first USN warship to be completely air-conditioned. During the years after commissioning, the Newport News spent a major portion of her deployments in the Mediterranean and other European waters, visiting many area ports of call.  The vessel also participated in a number of NATO exercises during this period.  Newport News was assigned to the U.S. Sixth Fleet from 1950 to 1962 and the U.S. Second Fleet from 1962 to 1974.  The ship also participated in the Cuban Quarantine. The Newport News was then sent to Vietnam during the periods 1967/68, 1968/1969, and 1972.  During assignment to Vietnam, the ship saw extensive service, having fired her guns in anger for the first time. On 1 October 1972, during a shore bombardment, there was an explosion in the center gun of turret number two. The gun was completely destroyed and had to be replaced.  Twenty members of the crew were killed in the accident.  Please see the attached photograph of the ship; it shows that the middle gun is missing from turret number two.  The ship was decommissioned on 27 June 1975 at Norfolk, Virginia and assigned to the inactive fleet.  Newport News was sold for scrap on 25 February 1993. The photograph is not dated, nor is there any notation as to the location.  Please see the attached photograph of the ship; it shows that the middle gun is missing from turret number two.  This helps date the photograph to sometime after October 1972.  The photograph is from the collection and through the courtesy of our member Leo van Ginderen.
The International Naval Research Organization is a non- profit organization dedicated to the encouragement of the study of naval vessels and their histories, principally in the era of iron and steel warships (about 1860 to date). Its purpose is to provide information and a means of contact for those interested in warships. The principal activity of INRO for over 50 years has been the publication of a quarterly journal, Warship International, recognized internationally as the leading and most authoritative publication in the field. Auxiliary services include a Book Service, offering a 10 per cent discount on current naval books, and the Photo Service, which provides warship photos at a nominal price.
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April 2018

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