29 August 2015, United States' Des Moines Class Cruisers
The Des Moines class were an improved Oregon City class that weren't finished until after World War II.
23 August 2015, United States' Baltimore Class Cruisers
The Baltimore class cruisers were improved Witchita class.
CA-68 USS Baltimore at the Boston Navy Yard on September 10, 1943:
US Navy Photo, NH-91452
21 August 2015, United States' Wichita Class Cruisers
The USS Wichita was to be a heavy cruiser based on the Brooklyn class.
CA-45 USS Wichita with the USS Wasp:
US Navy Photo, NH-97884
15 August 2015, United States' New Orleans Class Cruisers
The New Orleans class was a better protected Northampton class cruise.
CA-36 USS Minneapolis at Pearl Harbor after repairs in April 1943:
US Navy Photo, 80-GK-541
1 August 2015, United States' Portland Class Cruisers
The Portland class was based upon the Northampton class of cruisers. Only two of the planned five were built.
CA-33 USS Portland on August 23, 1935:
US Navy Photo, NH-97832
25 July 2015, United States' Northampton class cruisers
The Northampton class were to be improved Pensacola class cruisers.
CA-29 USS Chicago at Mare Island Navy Yard December 12, 1942:
US Navy Photo
19 July 2015, United States' Pensacola class cruisers
The Pensacola class were the first American cruisers designed under the restrictions of the Washington Naval Treaty.
CA-24 USS Pensacola in the 1930s:
US Navy Photo, NH-662
17 July 2015, United States' Omaha class cruisers
The Omaha class were to be Scout Cruisers. They were used for Destroyer flotilla leaders and convoy escorts primarily during World War II.
CL-4 USS Omaha at New York Navy Yard on February 10, 1943:
US Navy Photo, NH-97972
11 July 2015, Soviet Union's Kirov class cruisers
The Kirov class were based on a design from the Italians.
5 July 2015, Soviet Union's Krasnyi Krym cruiser
The Krasnyi Krym was similar to the Chervona Ukraina and served in the Black Sea during World War II.
4 July 2015, Soviet Union's Chervona Ukraina cruiser
The Chervona Ukraina was yet another World War I ear cruiser. It did serve a few month before being sunk by German aircraft.
4 July 2015, Soviet Union's Krasnyi Kavkaz cruiser
The Krasnyi Kavkaz was another World War I era cruiser. However, it had only been partially completed by the time of the German - Russian armistice of 1917. It had very active service in the Black Sea.
3 July 2015, Soviet Union's Komintern cruiser
A pre-World War I ship, the Komintern was woefully out of date by the start of World War II and actually had been scheduled to be scrapped but the Germans invaded. It was used in the Black Sea region until it was heavily damaged by bombs.
28 June 2015, Netherlands' Eendracht class cruisers
The Eendracht class cruisers were to replace the woefully out of date Java class cruisers. However they were still under construction when Germany invaded. They were eventually finished after World War II.
28 June 2015, Netherlands' Tromp class cruisers
To shore up their defenses, by adding destroyer flotilla flagships, in the Dutch East Indies the Tromp class ships were produced.
The Jacob van Heemskerck wasn't completed by the time of the German invasion but it sailed to Great Britain where it was finished.
HNMLS Jacob van Heemskerck in August 1942:
Imperial War Museum, A-12922
27 June 2015, Netherlands' De Ruyter cruiser
It was felt a third cruiser was needed to patrol the Dutch East Indies and the De Ruyter was designed and produced. It sacrificed armor and armament due to financial restrictions.
HNMLS De Ruyter in 1936:
Royal Netherlands Navy
26 June 2015, Netherlands Java class cruisers
The Java class cruisers were intended to patrol their Dutch East Indies empire. Both had construction start in World War I but did not complete until the mid-1920s.
26 June 2015, Japan's Type B class cruiser
The Type B class was to be a high speed cruiser that would be the squadron leader for the Shimakaze class destroyers. However, none had construction started.
26 June 2015, Japan's Ibuki cruiser
The Ibuki started out to be a modified Mogami class heavy cruiser but in 1943 construction was halted and it was decided to convert it into an aircraft carrier.
25 June 2015, Japan's Oyodo cruiser
Similar to the Agano class before it, the Oyodo was to be the first of eight. They were intended to be flagships for subs and destroyers.
IJN Oyodo capsized in Kure on July 28, 1945:
US Naval Museum, 1977-031-074-084
21 June 2015, Japan's Agano class cruiser
The Agano class cruisers were designed to be destroyer flotilla leaders.
IJN Agano at Sasebo in October 1942:
Mikasa Memorial Museum
20 June 2015, Japan's Katori class cruiser
The Katori class were designed to be training cruisers and once Japan started the war they were used as flagships of submarine and escort units.
IJN Kashii during commissioning at Yokohama on July 15, 1941:
Mikasa Memorial Museum
19 June 2015, Japan's Tone class cruiser
To help with scouting in the the fleet the Tone class was to have all of the main armament forward and an area aft that handled 5 floatplanes.
14 June 2015, Japan's Mogami class cruiser
For some reason out of all the Japanese cruisers the Mogami class stick in my mind either from reading or pictures. If last year someone had asked me to name Japanese cruisers I would have said Mogami and Mikuma, and that would have probably been about it!
IJN Mogami during trials in the Bungo Straits in 1935:
US Navy, 80-G-414422
7 June 2015, Japan's Takao class cruiser
The Takao class were the next in line of cruisers.
IJN Atago doing 34 knots after reconstruction off Tateyama on August 25, 1939:
Imperial War Museum, MH-6205
5 June 2015, Japan's Myôkô class cruiser
The Myôkô class were the first of the 10,000 ton heavy cruisers that Japan built after the signing of the Washington Naval Treaty.
IJN Myôkô in Singapore during surrender with German U-boats alongside on September 25, 1945:
Imperial War Museum, A-30701
31 May 2015, Japan's Aoba class cruiser
The Aoba class cruisers were similar to the Furutaka class.
Imperial War Museum, MH-6201