USS Nashville (CL-43)

Nashville off Mare Island Navy Yard, c.August, 1943, after repairs from her turret explosion. US Navy photo.

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USS Nashville (CL-43) was a Brooklyn-class cruiser, commissioned 6 June, 1938. During her shakedown cruise to Europe, Nashville transported $25 million in British gold to the US. She spent June, 1939, to May, 1941, in the Pacific, before participating in Neutrality Patrols out of Bermuda. In March, 1942, Nashville joined up with the USS Hornet, in preparation for the Doolittle Raid on Japan. On 18 April, Nashville sank a 70 ton patrol boat, before the Hornet launched Doolittle and his raiders to strike the Japanese mainland. After returning to Pearl Harbor, Nashville was sent to the Aleutians and served as the area flagship until November. Nashville participated in bombardment missions in the Solomons until May, 1943, when she suffered a powder explosion in one of her turrets. She returned to the US for repair and refit, and then spent the next year and a half in flagship roles, supporting raids and landings in the Central and Southwest Pacific. Nashville was struck by a kamikaze on 13 December, 1944, which caused major damage, and killed or wounded a third of her crew. After repairs in the US, Nashville finished out the War in the Dutch East Indies, continuing to support landings and carrier raids. She spent two months as flagship of the Yangtze River Patrol, before joining in Operation Magic Carpet. Nashville rescued the transport USS St. Mary's on 3 January, 1946, and decommissioned 24 June. She was sold to the Chilean navy as Capitán Prat (CL-03) 9 January, 1951, and remained in active service until 1985, but renamed Chacabuco in 1982. She was scrapped in Taiwan in 1985.