Antiaircraft Cruisers (CLAA)

Photograph of USS Atlanta

Naval Historical Center #NH 97807

Antiaircraft cruisers were lightly armored ships armed with large numbers of dual-purpose guns.  Most resembled armored super destroyers and even carried significant antisubmarine gear.  The British particularly liked the concept, which meshed well with their convoy escorting requirements.  The U.S. Navy's Atlanta class was similar in conception, but relatively few were built.

British antiaircraft cruisers

Dido class

U.S. antiaircraft cruisers

Atlanta class
Oakland class

Dutch antiaircraft cruisers

Jacob van Heemskerck


Dunnigan and Nofi (1998)

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