Haze Gray Mystery Picture #161 Answer


Can You Identify This Ship?

This is the frigate USS Norfolk (DL 1).

Norfolk was a unique ship in the immediate post-WWII experimental era. Originally classed as a "Hunter-Killer Cruiser" (CLK 1), she was reclassified as a large frigate (or destroyer leader) (DL 1) before commissioning. Norfolk was intended as an all-weather, long-range surface ASW ship, a role shown by the prominent pair of Weapon Alpha ASW rocket launchers seen in this view. Another pair of Weapon Alphas were carried forward, along with eight torpedo tubes. Her defensive armament was intended to be four of the new dual 3"/70cal gun mounts, but as seen here, ordinary 3"/50cal mounts were initially fitted until the 70cal weapons were available.

Norfolk was commissioned in 1953 and spent most of her career as an experimental ship, as the concept of fast surface ASW units was overtaken by changes in naval warfare. She was decommissioned in 1970 and scrapped several years later.

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