Allied Warships

USS Quincy (ii) (CA 71)

Heavy cruiser of the Baltimore class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeHeavy cruiser
PennantCA 71 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1940 
Laid down9 Oct 1941 
Launched23 Jun 1943 
Commissioned15 Dec 1943 
End service2 Jul 1954 

Laid down as St Paul, renamed Quincy on 16 Oct, 1942 to perpetuate the name after the loss of the USS Quincy at Savo Island on 9 August 1942.

USS Quincy was the first warship to open fire on the shore during the Normandy landings.

Decommissioned 19 October 1946.
Recommissioned 31 January 1952.
Decommissioned 2 July 1954.
Stricken 1 October 1973.
Sold 20 August 1974 to be broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Quincy (ii) (CA 71)

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1Capt. Elliott Marchant Senn, USN15 Dec 194314 Jun 1945
2T/Capt. John Augustine Waters, Jr., USN14 Jun 194513 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Quincy (ii) include:

3 Jun 1944
Around 0800B/3, the heavy cruisers USS Tuscaloosa (Capt. J.B.W. Waller, USN, flying the flag of T/R.Adm. M.L. Deyo, USN), USS Quincy (Capt. E.M. Senn, USN), HMS Hawkins (Capt. J.W. Josselyn, DSC, RN), light cruisers HMS Glasgow (Capt. C.P. Clarke, DSO, RN), HMS Enterprise (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, DSO, RCN), HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN), HMS Black Prince (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN) and the destroyers USS Butler (T/Cdr. M.D. Matthews, USN, with COMDESDIV 34, T/Capt. W.L. Benson, on board), USS Herndon T/Cdr. G.A. Moore, USN), USS Shubrick (T/Cdr. W. Blenman, USN) and Murphy (T/Cdr. R.A. Wolverton, USN) departed Belfast Lough for the operations area of Normandy.

Around 0745B/4, HMS Glasgow, HMS Bellona and USS Murphy parted company off Falmouth.

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