USS Flint (CL-97)

USS Flint (CL-97) was an Atlanta class light cruiser that joined the fleet in time to take part in the Pacific campaigns of 1945, including the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the raids on the Japanese Home Islands. She received four battle stars for World War II service.

The Flint was launched on 25 January 1944, commissioned on 31 August 1944 and ready to join the fleet by December. She reached the 3rd Fleet at Ulithi on 27 December 1944, just in time to accompany TF 38 when it began a new sortie at the start of January.

This first combat sortie was made in support of the invasion of Luzon. The Flintprovided anti-aircraft cover during raids on Luzon, Taiwan and China, firing her guns in anger on 21 January 1945 during a kamikaze attack on the fleet.

The Flint was back at Ulithi from 26 January-10 February before joined TF 58 for her second combat sortie. This time the carriers hit Tokyo, the first major carrier raids on the Japanese capital. The fleet reached Iwo Jima on 21 February, two days after the invasion. The Flint stayed with the fleet off Iwo Jima until 12 March.

This time she was only at Ulithi for two days, before TF 58 set off to hit Kyushu. Between 18-22 March the fleet came under heavy air attack, and the Flint played a part in fighting off the Japanese aircraft. The fleet then moved to Okinawa to support the invasion. She took part in naval bombardments of the landing beaches, a rare chance to use her guns against anything other than aircraft. She then remained off Okinawa, supporting the invasion, until 14 May when she returned to Ulithi again.

The Flint was back off Okinawa for a second stint from 25 May to mid June, before sailing to Leyte Gulf, arriving on 13 June. 

On 1 July the Flint left Leyte to support the carriers as they pummelled the Japanese home islands. During this period she also took part in the bombardment of targets on the Home Islands.

After the end of the fighting the Flint was stationed off Nii Shima to act as a rescue ship and a homing station for transport ships flying American troops to Japan.

The Flint was in Tokyo Bay from 10-15 September. She then formed part of a carrier task force that watched central Honshu, before departing for Eniwetok. She then returned to Japan for a 'Magic Carpet' trip, carrying US servicemen home. She left Yokosuka on 13 October and reached San Francisco on 28 May. A second Magic Carpet trip took her to Kwajalein, but like most of the Atlanta class ships her post-war career was short. She was decommissioned and placed into the reserve on 6 May 1947, and struck off on 1 September 1965. She was sold for scrap in 1966.

Displacement (standard)

6,718t

Displacement (loaded)

8,340t

Top Speed

32.5kts

Range

15kts

Armour – belt

3.75in

 - bulkheads

3.75in

 - armour deck

1.25in

 - gunhouses

1.25in

 - deck over underwater magazines

1.25in

Length

541ft 6in oa

Armaments

Twelve 5in/ 38 guns (six two-gun turrets)
Sixteen 40mm guns (eight double mountings) - as ordered but modified in some
Up to Eighteen 20mm guns
Eight 21in torpedo tubes

Crew complement

623

Laid down

23 October 1942

Launched

25 January 1944

Completed

31 August 1944

Stricken

1 September 1965

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (9 July 2015), USS Flint (CL-97) , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_USS_Flint_CL97.html

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