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Baltimore class 8 in heavy cruiser USS Macon: she was commissioned barely a week before the formal Japanese surrender on 2 September 1945, and had to wait for the Korean War before seeing active service, having been in reserve previously. Finally decommissioned in 1961, she was scrapped in 1973.
Crewman on board the U.S. Navys Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Baltimore (SSN 704) stand by with a grappling hook to snag a mail shipment being lowered by an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter from Anti-Submarine Squadron Five (HS-5) July 17, 1996. The Baltimore is part of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) Battle Group, which is just days away from completing their scheduled six-month deployment in the Mediterranean.
8 in heavy cruiser USS Pensacola in 1943: lead ship of the first US Navy class built to 10000 ton Washington Treaty limits. They were over-gunned for their weight (10 guns in 4 turrets) and top heavy: only two were built (Salt Lake City being the other) before their deficiencies were remedied in the succeeding 9 gun / 3 turret 'Northampton' class. Nonetheless, she earned 13 battle stars.
Carrier Raids on Truk, 17-18 February 1944: Vought OS2U-3 "Kingfisher" is recovered USS Baltimore (CA-68) after she had rescued Lit JG, George M. Blair from Truk Lagoon, 18 February 1944. Plane's pilot is Lt JG Denver F. Baxter. His radioman, ARMC Reuben F. Hickman, is on the wing, preparing to attach the plane so it can be hoisted on board.Blair's F6F "Hellcat", of Fighting Squadron Nine from USS Essex (CV-9), had been shot down during the dawn fighter sweep over Truk.
PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 3, 2013) Sailors render honors as the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) passes the battleship USS Arizona (BB 39) memorial upon their arrival to Pearl Harbor. Nimitz is in Pearl Harbor for a scheduled port visit during their transit home after an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric M. Butler/Released)