Thanks guys. One more (the last iteration):
This is WORCESTER in September of 1958, as the ship entered Mare Island Navy Yard for deactivation.
WORCESTER's final electronics fit was slightly more modern than her sister ROANOKE's at this point. The SG-6 surface search radar at the foretop has been replaced with the fiberglass dome of the AN/URN-3 TACAN system. The smaller radome of AN/URD-4 (also a TACAN antenna) sits at the masthead, with the original tactical radio antennas moved to U-shaped yards below the foretop. Main air search is still the AN/SPS-6B, and the mesh antenna of AN/SPS-4 has replaced the magnesyn compass on a small platform ahead of the foremast. The large SPS-8A antenna remains on the mainmast.
By this time, WORCESTER had received the AN/SLR-2 ECM suite standard to almost all USN warships of the time. An AS-570 antenna inside a radome has been installed atop the number one stack, and AS-616 / AS-571 antennas have been installed atop the number two stack. These were countermeasures receiving antennas intended for passive warning. The wartime TDY has been deleted from the foremast.
WORCESTER's bridge windows have been revamped along the same lines as ROANOKE, this time with a more modern style of glazing at the 03 level around the navigating bridge.
|erik_t wrote: *||July 6th, 2018, 6:29 pm|
All of this talk of telescoping topmasts is interesting. Was this a particular focus of the Worcesters (being very big for cruisers, perhaps they needed help fitting into traditionally cruiser berths, or something), or does this instead reflect your ever-deepening mania for research?
My plans of Roanoke show "top of telescopic mast", and right below that a dashed line marked "126'-0" CLEARANCE LINE ABOVE MEAN HIGH WATER UNDER BROOKLYN BRIDGE AT 24'-0" DRAFT". Not as impressive as Forrestal's folding mast though!