Allied Warships

USS Trenton (CL 11)

Light cruiser of the Omaha class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeLight cruiser
PennantCL 11 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down18 Aug 1920 
Launched16 Apr 1923 
Commissioned19 Apr 1924 
End service20 Dec 1945 

Decommissioned 20 December 1945.
Stricken 21 January 1946.
Sold 29 December 1946 to Patapsco Scrap Co. (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) to be broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Trenton (CL 11)

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1Cdr. Arthur Dewey Struble, USN2 Jan 194125 May 1942 (1)
2T/Capt. Joseph Wesley Gregory, USN25 May 194226 Jun 1943
3T/Capt. Stanley Cook Norton, USN26 Jun 194324 Jun 1944
4T/Capt. William Bryan Coleman, USN24 Jun 194420 Aug 1945
5T/Cdr. Joseph Truitt Talbert, USN20 Aug 194520 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Trenton include:

13 Dec 1941
Around 1600R/13, the British light cruiser HMS Diomede (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, RN) departed Balboa to escort the Norwegian transport Ferncliff (4333 GRT, built 1924) to the Galapagos Islands where the Americans were building a base on Seymour Island.

Around 1100R/14, the American light cruiser Richmond (Capt. J.H. Brown, Jr., USN) joined company followed around 1330R/14 by her sister ship Trenton (Capt. A.D. Struble, USN).

Around 0730RS/17, USS Trenton, USS Richmond and the Ferncliff were detached to Seymour Island. HMS Diomede set course to return to Balboa. USS Trenton rejoined her around 1430RS/17 and HMS Richmond did the same around 1600RS/17.

They arrived at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone around 1700R/19. (2)


  2. ADM 53/114128

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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