Allied Warships

USS Northampton (CA 26)

Heavy cruiser of the Northampton class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeHeavy cruiser
PennantCA 26 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down12 Apr 1928 
Launched5 Sep 1929 
Commissioned17 May 1930 
Lost1 Dec 1942 
Loss position9° 12'S, 159° 50'E

During the Battle of Tassafaronga on 30 November 1942, USS Northampton (Captain Willard Augustus Kitts) was hit by two "Long Lance" torpedoes from the Japanese destroyer Oyashio and sank the following day 50 died and 35 were wounded as a result and 775 survivors were rescued by the USS Drayton/Fletcher which included the Commanding officer;off Lunga Point in position 09º12'S, 159º50'E.


Commands listed for USS Northampton (CA 26)

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1Walter Newhall Vernon, USN17 May 19306 Nov 1932

2Samuel Spottswood Payne, USN7 May 193928 Mar 1941
3William Dwight Chandler, Jr., USN28 Mar 1941Sep 1942
4Captain Willard Augustus Kitts, III, USNSep 19421 Dec 1942

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