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The U.S.S. Mobile, CL-63
Authorized at a time when hostilities in Europe were arousing keen concern over our own naval shortcomings, the story of the Mobile corresponds closely with the development of our naval strength in the Pacific. Only one other ship has borne the name: she was a small warship operating under the Union colors with Admiral Farragut's fleet during the Civil War.
The keel of the new Mobile was laid on April 14, 1941 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company and on May 15 of the following year the hull of CL 63 slid down the ways. The sponsor was Mrs. Harry T. Hartwell, wife of the president of Mobile's city commission. On March 24, 1943 the commission pennant was raised with appropriate ceremony and Captain C. Julian Wheeler took command.
After a short period of training in the Chesapeake Bay and a brief visit to Casco Bay, Maine, the Mobile turned toward the Pacific, leaving the Canal a stern on the 20th of June. With eleven "Battle Star" operations to her credit the story of the "Mighty Mo" is told by the record of her achievements, by the accomplishments of the fleets in which she worked, and, in part, by the pictures which follow.
United States Navy, World War 1939-1945, Regimental Histories, U.S.S. Mobile, CL-63, "Mighty Mo"
United States Navy, "The story of a ship--USS Mobile, and the men who fought her" (1946). World War Regimental Histories. 172.
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