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Pre-war convoy escorts in the Pacific

December 30 2010 at 10:23 PM
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Louis Dorny, CDR, USN (ret.)  (no login)

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The United States started escorting its maritime traffic to the Philippines as a result of the July 1941 decision to defend the Philippines. Several Pacific Fleet cruisers performed such escort assignments, including CHESTER, ASTORIA, and LOUISVILLE, and others. BOISE and PENSACOLA were simply the last ones. All had made Central Pacific crossings until PENSACOLA was routed further south due to the suspected and impending outbreak of war with Japan.

As to why cruiser escorts, by mid-1941 the threat of German raiders was largely but not entirely past - and HMAS SYDNEY vs KORMORAN is germane. A cruiser escort, aside from the intangibles of image and presence, was little defense against anything else.

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  • Re: Pre-war convoy escorts in the Pacific - Nelson on Dec 31, 2010, 7:54 AM
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