View Full Version : Paul Allen and the USS Helena

04-21-2018, 10:20 AM

The USS Helena was the third World War II discovery in less than three weeks by Allen’s R/V Petrel team. The aircraft carrier the USS Lexington was discovered March 4 and the USS Juneau, another light cruiser, was located March 17.


04-21-2018, 01:05 PM
Here is Helena's entry in the online Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/cruisers/cl50.txt). Helena was of the Brooklyn class of light cruisers (CL; "light" refers more to having 6" rather than 8" guns). Helena had 15 6" guns. My opinion (as a lifelong civilian) is that between the number of guns on a Brooklyn class CL and their faster rate of fire, they were probably more useful than the heavy cruisers with 9 8" guns.

04-21-2018, 03:22 PM
History of USS Helena (CL-50) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Helena_(CL-50))

History of USS Juneau (CL-52) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Juneau_(CL-52))

Interesting fact. The Argentine warship ARA General Belgrano, sunk during the Falklands War on 2 May 1982 by the attack submarine HMS Conqueror, was the former USS Phoenix (CL-46), a Brooklyn class Light Cruiser.

04-25-2018, 03:43 PM
After WW2 a good number of USN WW2 vintage light cruisers, destroyers, and submarines went to allies's navies and served long after the USN retired their classes of ships. Brooklyn and Nashville went to Chile; Philadelphia and St. Louis went to Brazil; Boise also went to Argentina. At least one Fletcher class DD went to West Germany. Turkey received 21 Balao and Tench class submarines.