History of Ships and Navies
War of 1812
World War II
US Aircraft of WW2
Fargo (CL-85) was completed as Langley (CVL-27 (q.V.)
(CL-106: dp. 10,000; 1. 611'2"; b. 66'6"; dr. 20'
s. 33 k; cpl. 992; a. 12 6", 12 5"; cl. Fargo)
Fargo (CL-106) was launched 25 February 1945 by New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.: sponsored by Mrs. F. O. Olsen, and commissioned 9 December 1946, Captain W. Craig in command.
Fargo sailed from Philadelphia 15 April 1946, with Vice Admiral B. H. Bieri embarked for a good will cruise to Bermuda, Trinidad, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo, from which she took departure on 31 May for the Mediterranean. During this tour of duty, she visited a variety of ports in Turkey, Lebanon, Greece, Italy, and France, as well as North Africa and served as American representative at Trieste, then troubled by dissension between Italy and Yugoslavia over the city's status.
Returning to New York 2 March 1947, Fargo sailed once more for the Mediterranean 20 May, and during this tour of duty served for one month as flagship for Commander, Naval Forces Mediterranean. Returning to Newport 13 September, she prepared for extensive Atlantic Fleet exercises in October and November in the waters from Bermuda to Newfoundland, during which she carried Vice Admiral A. W. Radford, Commander 2d Task Fleet. Through her remaining 2 years of service, Fargo completed two more tours of duty in the Mediterranean, and twice joined in large scale exercises in the Caribbean. She was decommisioned and placed in reserve, berthed at Bayonne, N.J., 14 February 1950.