USS LOS ANGELES CA-135
USS Los Angeles was
a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser, laid down by
the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, on 28 July
1943 and launched on 20 August 1944. She was
sponsored by Mrs. Fletcher Bowron and commissioned
on 22 July 1945.
1951–1953: USS Los
Angeles was recommissioned on 27 January 1951, Capt.
Robert N. McFarlane in command. She joined naval
operations off the eastern coast of Korea on 31 May
as flagship for Rear Admiral Arleigh A. Burke's
CRUDIV 5. During the next six months she ranged the
coastal waters of the Korean Peninsula from Hungnam
in the east to Haeju in the west while her guns
pounded enemy coastal positions. After returning to
the United States on 17 December for overhaul and
training, she made her second deployment to Korean
waters on 9 October 1952 and participated on 11
October in a concentrated shelling of enemy bunkers
and observation points at Koji-ni. During the next
few months, she continued to provide off-shore
gunfire support for American ground operations.
While participating in the bombardment of Wonsan
late in March and early in April 1953, she received
minor damage from enemy shore batteries, but
continued operations until sailing for the west
coast in mid-April. She arrived at Long Beach on 15
CA-135 was decommissioned at Long Beach on 15
November 1963 and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet
at San Diego. Stricken on 1 January 1974, and sold
on 16 May 1975 to the National Steel Corporation for
$1,864,380.21, and scrapped in San Pedro,
This primarily wood model was commissioned in 2019 by Mr. Sommerfield who served aboard the ship as Electronic Tech ET2 from 1951 to 1954. The model's configuration reflected that of 1951-1954 - Armament: 12", 5" and 3" only
(no 20mm or 40mm.) Radars Fire control for all batteries, SR3 air search, SG6 surface search, SP fighter control. During the construction process, our staff in California communicated frequently with Mr. Sommerfield for constant advises and we learned a thing or two about US warships at the time of the Korea War.
The model will be donated to the Los
Angels Maritime Museum later by its owner. The warship's flying bridge and a small portion of the bow are on permanent display at the museum.
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cruiser, let us build it for you. We have detailed
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is built per commission only.
Comes with a regular dark brown base which is about 2/3
the length of the model.
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have structural errors like others', minor changes will be achieved in very
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