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608' 4" x 61' 9" x 19' 5"
15 x 6" guns
8 x 5" guns
16 x 1.1" AA
8 x 50 cal MG
USN July 20, 1943
On January 12, 1942 departed Pearl Harbor escorting a convoy arriving at to San Francisco nine days later. Afterwards, escorted a convoy to Australia and back to the west coast of the United States until the end of May 1942. On May 29, 1942 Honolulu departed bound for Kodiak in the vicinity for two months before proceeding to the Aleutian Islands.
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.
On August 21, 1942, she screened the first American landing at Adak Island. After shipyard work at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, the Honolulu departed from San Francisco on 3 November 1943, escorting a convoy to Noumea in the South Pacific. Later that month the Honolulu departed Espiritu Santo to intercept a Japanese Navy convoy bound for Guadalcanal.
Battle of Tassafaronga
During early 1943, Honolulu operated out of Espiritu Santo with Task Force 67 (TF-67) in an attempt to engage the "Tokyo Express". During May 1943 she participated in shore bombardments of New Georgia.
Battle of Kula Gulf
Battle of Kolombangara
After the additional repairs at Mare Island, the Honolulu departed from San Francisco on 17 November 1943 to continue her role in the struggle against Japan. She arrived at Espiritu Santo on 11 December, and then resumed operations in the Solomons later that month. On 27 December 1943 she engaged in the bombardment of an enemy barge, troop, and supply concentration on Bougainville Island. In the early months of 1944 the cruiser continued bombardments and patrols in the Solomon Islands. She screened the landings on Green Island on 13 February, before retiring from the Solomons to begin preparations for the Saipan and Guam operations in the Marianas Islands.
The USS Honolulu took part in bombardments of the southeastern part of Saipan Island in early June as the Navy and Marines leaped across the Pacific. While bombarding Guam in mid-June, the Honolulu was deployed northwest to intercept the Japanese fleet. She returned to Eniwetok Atoll on 28 June 1944 for replenishments, before providing support for the invasion of Guam. She remained on station for 3 weeks performing great service with her accurate gunfire before returning to Purvis Bay on Florida Island in the Solomons, on 18 August. The Honolulu steamed out on 6 September to provide fire support for the landings in the Palau Islands, such as at Peleliu Island and Anguar, remaining in this area during September unopposed by the Japanese fleet. America now had decisive command of the sea, and therefore nearly full freedom of operations.
The Honolulu departed from the staging area at Manus Island in the Admiralty Islands on 12 October 1944 and steamed towards the Philippines for the invasion of Leyte. She began a bombardment 19 October from Leyte Gulf, and the next day she began screening the landings. At 16:00 hours, on 20 October an enemy torpedo plane was sighted as it aimed its torpedo at the Honolulu. Despite the skillful maneuvering of Captain Thurber, USN, to evade, the torpedo found its mark on her port side.
The Honolulu sailed out the next day, arriving at Manus on October 29 for temporary repairs, and departed November 19, 1944 via Pearl Harbor, San Diego, and the Panama Canal before arriving at Norfolk, Virginia on December 20, 1944. Honolulu remained at Norfolk for the duration of the war, undergoing repairs.
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