CL-53 U.S.S. SAN DIEGO


Light Cruiser Class: Atlanta
Commissioned 018/10/1942
Length Overall 541' 6"
Extreme Beam: 53'
Mean Draft: 26'6"
Standard Displacement tons: 6718
Normal tons: 8340
Designed Complement: Off.: & Enl.: 796
Armament: Primary: 
(16) 5"/38 cal.
Armament: Secondary:  
(3) 40 mm twins
(1) 40 mm quad
(15) 20 mm
Torpedo Tubes: (2) 21" quad TT
(2) DC tracks
Aircraft: (3) SC-1
Designed Speed: 32 kts.
Designed Shaft Horse Power: 75,000
Screws: 2
Engine Manufacturer: Wstsh.
Type: Gear Turbine
Fuel (oil) tons 1528


  CL53/A12-1
TS133 (080)
                          U. S. S. SAN DIEGO

                                               Care Fleet Post Office,
                                               San Francisco, Calif.,
                                               December 12, 1942.

From:         The Commanding Officer.
To  :         The Chief of Naval Operations (Office of
                  Naval Records and Library).

Subject:      War Diary for Month of November, 1942 -
              Forwarding of.

Reference:    (a) Cominch and CNO joint let. FF1/A12-1(7)
                  serial 291 A12-1(420222) of 22 Feb. 1942.

Enclosure:    (A) Copy of subject diary.

    1.        As directed by reference (a), enclosure (A)
is forwarded herewith.

                             B. F. PERRY


                          U. S. S. SAN DIEGO

                            WAR DIARY


From: November 1, 1942.                 November 30, 1942.


                                                1 - 10 November, 1942.

    Unit.
      U.S.S. SAN DIEGO (CL-53), U. S. Pacific Fleet.

        No remarks.  At anchor, Noumea, New Caledonia.

                                                    11 November, 1942.

    Unit.
      U.S.S. SAN DIEGO (CL-53), U. S. Pacific Fleet.

    Operation Order.
      None received.

    Position, Course, Weather, ect.
      1147 Underway with Task Force 16 for sea.  Using
      various courses and speeds.

                                                    12 November, 1942.

    Unit.
      U.S.S. SAN DIEGO (CL-53), U. S. Pacific Fleet.

    Operation Order.
      None receives.

    Position, course, Weather, etc.
      Noon position-Lat. 19°-48' S, Long. 162°-38' E.
      Distance made good since previous noon-300 miles.
      Steaming on northwesterly courses at 20 knots.  except
      when launching and recovering planes.  Calm sea,
      wind force 2-4 from southeast.  Partially cloudy to
      overcast, good visibility with surface haze.


                                                    13 November, 1942.

    Unit.
      U.S.S. SAN DIEGO (CL-53), U. S. Pacific Fleet.

    Operation Order.
      None Received.

    Position, Course, Weather, etc.
      Noon position-Lat. 13°-55' S, Long. 161°-3' E.
      Distance made good since previous noon, 370 miles.
      Steering northwesterly, northerly and southerly
      courses at 20 knots.  2150 Course 300°T, speed 23
      knots.  2308 Speed 25 knots.  Calm sea, wind force
      2-3 from southeast.  Partially cloudy, excellent
      visibility with slight haze at upper altitudes.

    Operations.
      Task Group 16.3 left formation. 


                                                    14 November, 1942.

    Unit.
      U.S.S. SAN DIEGO (CL-53), U. S. Pacific Fleet.

    Operation Order.
      None received.

    Position, Course, Weather, etc.
      Noon position-Lat. 12°-46' S, Long. 159°-07' E.
      Distance made good since previous noon-251 miles.
      Steaming on various courses at various speeds
      following carrier.  Over cast, fair to good visibility.
      Moderate sea, wind force 2-5 from southeast.

    Operations.
      Carrier launched search and attack groups during 
      forenoon to strike enemy forces to northward.  No
      surface contacts.  Retired to southward during
      during afternoon.  1207 Combat air patrol shot down
      one enemy patrol bomber.


                                                    15 November, 1942.

    Unit.
      U.S.S. SAN DIEGO (CL-53), U. S. Pacific Fleet.

    Operation Order.
      None received.

    Position, Course, Weather, etc.
      Noon position-Lat. 17°-54' S, Long. 159°-59' E.
      Distance since previous noon, 337 miles.  Steaming 
      in southeasterly direction at 18-20 knots.  Rough
      sea, wind force 5 from southeast.  Mostly cloudy,
      good visibility with surface haze.


                                                    16 November, 1942.

    Unit.
      U.S.S. SAN DIEGO (CL-53), U. S. Pacific Fleet.

    Operation Order.
      None received.

    Position, Course, Weather, etc.
      Noon position-Lat. 22°-31' S. Long. 165°-53' E.
      Distance made good since pervious noon-457 miles.
      Proceeding on various courses to Noumea, New Caledonia,
      where ship moored at 1422.


                                                17- 30 November, 1942.

    Unit.
      U.S.S. SAN DIEGO (CL-53), U. S. Pacific Fleet.

      No remarks.  At anchor, Noumea, New Caledonia.

  


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