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The third USS Los Angeles (CA-135) was a Baltimore class heavy cruiser, laid down by the Philadelphia Navy Yardmarker, Philadelphiamarker, on 28 July 1943 and launched on 20 August 1944. She was sponsored by Mrs. Fletcher Bowron and commissioned on 22 July 1945, with Capt. John A. Snackenberg in command.

Service history

1944–1948

After shakedown out of Guantánamo Bay, Cubamarker, Los Angeles sailed on 15 October for the Far East via the west coast and arrived at Shanghai, Chinamarker, on 3 January 1946. During the next year she operated with the 7th Fleet along the coast of China and in the western Pacific to the Marianasmarker. She returned to San Franciscomarker, California, on 21 January 1947, and was decommissioned at Hunters Pointmarker on 9 April 1948, and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet.

1951–1953

Los Angeles was recommissioned on 27 January 1951, Capt. Robert N. McFarlane in command. In response to the American efforts to thwart Communist aggression in the Republic of South Koreamarker, she sailed for the Far East 14 May and joined naval operations off the eastern coast of Koreamarker on 31 May as flagship for Rear Adm. Arleigh A. Burke's CRUDIV 5. During the next six months she ranged the coastal waters of the Korean Peninsula from Hungnammarker in the east to Haejumarker in the west while her guns pounded enemy coastal positions. After returning to the United Statesmarker 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, and in addition she cruised the Sea of Japanmarker with fast carriers of the 7th Fleet. While participating in the bombardment of Wonsanmarker 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 Beachmarker on 15 May.

1953–1963

Between November 1953 and June 1963 Los Angeles made eight more deployments to the Far East where she served as a cruiser division flagship with the 7th Fleet in support of "keeping the peace" operations in that troubled part of the world. Her operations sent her from the coast of Japan to the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Seamarker, and the East and South China Seasmarker; and with units of the 7th Fleet she steamed to American bases in the Philippinesmarker and Okinawamarker, as well as to Allied bases in South Korea, Hong Kongmarker, Australia, and Formosamarker. During the Quemoy-Matsu crisis in 1956, she patrolled the Formosa Straitmarker to help protect Formosa from possible invasion from Communist China. When not deployed in the western Pacific, Los Angeles operated out of Long Beach along the west coast and in the Pacific to the Hawaiian Islands. She returned to Long Beach from her final Far East deployment on 20 June 1963.

Decommissioning and sale

Los Angeles 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 (sale #16-5049) to the National Steel Corporation for $1,864,380.21, and scrapped in San Pedro, California.

The flying bridge of the Los Angeles is on display at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro, CA.

In media

USS Los Angeles was featured in the classic Tintin comic book The Red Sea Sharks written and drawn by Hergé. She is shown patrolling in the Red Seamarker and is involved in the rescue of Tintin and his friends from a post-war U-Boat operated by slave traders.

Awards

Los Angeles received five battle stars for service during the Korean conflict.

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