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U S S  Wilkes - Barre

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This was one of the prolific class of 27 Cleveland-class light cruises that were built during World War II. Thirteen additional hulls that were originally intended to be cruisers of this type were completed as Independence-class light aircraft carriers. This one had an active career in the Pacific during 1944-45. She was laid up after the war, and eventually became the last light cruiser still on the Navy's register. She was finally sunk in 1972 after tests of the effect of underwater explosives against her hull.

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