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Cruisers are the cavalry of the seas. Not as heavily armed or armoured as battleships, cruisers are generally faster and (in their original conception) designed to run ahead of the main battle fleet. In this video, contributor PO3SMITH gives us a drone's eye view of the USS Salem, a Des Moines Class heavy cruiser launched shortly after World War II. TThe 17k ton displacement ship was de-commissioned in 1959, as cruiser technology evolved away from guns towards missile armament.
Description: She may need a fresh coat of paint, but she still has a mighty presence! Moored less than 10 miles from Boston, The USS Salem is the ONLY surviving example of a naval heavy cruiser in the world! One of most powerful warships ever built, she and her sister ships served a vital roll in the U.S Navy. On 14 May, 1995 - 46 years to the day since her original commissioning - Salem was re-commissioned - this time as a member of the Historic Naval Ships Association. She now serves her country once again with her new mission of teaching people of all generations our nation's rich history of shipbuilding and naval duty.