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USS LOS ANGELES (CA-135); commissioned in July, 1945, and her construction was entirely funded through sales of bonds purchased by Los Angeles residents.

USS LOS ANGELES (CA-135); commissioned in July, 1945, and her construction was entirely funded through sales of bonds purchased by Los Angeles residents.

Ships of a Japanese convoy burning heavily off the coast of French Indochina on 12 January 1945. -U.S. Navy photo

Ships of a Japanese convoy burning heavily off the coast of French Indochina on 12 January 1945. -U.S. Navy photo

Cimarron-class oiler (1939) - The Cimarron class oilers were an underway replenishment class of oil tankers which were first built in 1939 as "National Defense Tankers," United States Maritime Commission Type T3-S2-A1, designed "to conform to the approved characteristics for naval auxiliaries in speed, radius and structural strength", anticipating their militarization in the event of war.

Cimarron-class oiler (1939) - The Cimarron class oilers were an underway replenishment class of oil tankers which were first built in 1939 as "National Defense Tankers," United States Maritime Commission Type T3-S2-A1, designed "to conform to the approved characteristics for naval auxiliaries in speed, radius and structural strength", anticipating their militarization in the event of war.

1944- Fire fighters save plane and pilot after F6F "Hellcat" burst into flames aboard the carrier U.S.S. COWPENS.

1944- Fire fighters save plane and pilot after F6F "Hellcat" burst into flames aboard the carrier U.S.S. COWPENS.

HMCS Swansea in rough seas, during the Battle of the Atlantic, January 1944. (National Archives of Canada PA 116839)

HMCS Swansea in rough seas, during the Battle of the Atlantic, January 1944. (National Archives of Canada PA 116839)

Normally you’d have to sail about 12,000 miles to see Melbourne. HMS Diamond did it in half that.    Admittedly, HMAS Melbourne rather than the antipodean metropolis, but it’s a start.    Indeed the link-up with the Adelaide-class frigate east of Suez was the perfect introduction for the Portsmouth-based destroyer to her new mission.

Normally you’d have to sail about 12,000 miles to see Melbourne. HMS Diamond did it in half that. Admittedly, HMAS Melbourne rather than the antipodean metropolis, but it’s a start. Indeed the link-up with the Adelaide-class frigate east of Suez was the perfect introduction for the Portsmouth-based destroyer to her new mission.