MIGHTY NINETY

Views of USS ASTORIA CL-90
Images of Mighty Ninety in chronological order throughout her U.S. Navy service.



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USS ASTORIA CL-90 underway early in her shakedown cruise, 8 June 1944.  She is freshly painted in Measure 33 Pattern 24d light contrast disruptive camouflage.
-U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Tony and Andy Coffaro




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A second photo of USS ASTORIA CL-90 taken moments later as she completes a turn to port.
-U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Larry Cote




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USS ASTORIA CL-90 underway during her shakedown cruise, 20 June 1944.
-U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Larry Cote



USS ASTORIA CL-90 underway for Philadelphia from Norfolk following her shakedown, 22 July 1944.
-U.S. Navy photo reproduced from www.navsource.org, large version courtesy of John Moccia




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Bow on view of USS ASTORIA CL-90 at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 October 1944.
-U.S. Navy photo in NARA San Francisco Branch, courtesy Tracy White.



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Port bow view of USS ASTORIA at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 October 1944.
-U.S. Navy photo in NARA collection, courtesy of Larry Cote.



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Port beam view of USS ASTORIA at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 October 1944.
-U.S. Navy photo in NARA San Francisco Branch, courtesy Tracy White.



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Port quarter view of USS ASTORIA at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 October 1944.
-U.S. Navy photo in NARA collection, courtesy of Larry Cote.



Stern view of USS ASTORIA at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 October 1944.
-U.S. Navy photo reproduced from
www.navsource.org



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Bow view of USS ASTORIA CL-90 dockside at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 October 1944.
-U.S. Navy photo in NARA collection, courtesy of Larry Cote.



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View amidships forward of USS ASTORIA dockside at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 October 1944.
-U.S. Navy photo in NARA collection, courtesy of Larry Cote.




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View amidships looking aft of USS ASTORIA dockside at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 October 1944.
-U.S. Navy photo in NARA collection, courtesy of Larry Cote.



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View looking aft of USS ASTORIA dockside at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 October 1944.
-U.S. Navy photo in NARA collection, courtesy of Larry Cote.



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Forecastle view of USS ASTORIA in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands circa June 1945.  She has recently been repainted into Measure 21 camouflage.
-photo courtesy Corey Bullard from his grandfather Paul Bullard's collection



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USS ASTORIA in Measure 21 camouflage.  This photo was taken in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands circa June 1945.  Note the three carriers at anchor in the background.
-LT John Lisle photo courtesy of USS ASTORIA ship's photographer Herman Schnipper



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USS ASTORIA CL-90 and RANDOLPH CV-15 in column with other ships of Task Group 38.3 during exercises off the Philippines in late June 1945.  Photo taken from ESSEX CV-9.
-photo taken by Chief Photographer's Mate Paul Madden, courtesy of USS ASTORIA ship's photographer Herman Schnipper



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USS ASTORIA underway during her war cruise circa June 1945.
-U.S. Navy photo reproduced from Mighty Ninety cruise book.



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USS ASTORIA at Terminal Island Navy Shipyard on 4 Feb 1946.  Still in Measure 21 camouflage, she has two twin 40mm antiaircraft mounts added on her fantail behind the catapults.  Her OS2U Kingfishers have been replaced by Curtiss SC-1 Seahawks.
-photo taken by and courtesy of USS ASTORIA ship's photographer Herman Schnipper



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USS ASTORIA at Terminal Island Navy Shipyard circa April 1946.  This photo was made into a postcard.
-photo courtesy of CAPT Dominic DeScisciolo, USN




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A colorized photo of USS ASTORIA CL-90 shortly after she was painted in Measure 22 in mid-1946.
-photo courtesy of CAPT Dominic DeScisciolo, USN




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USS ASTORIA passes under the Longview Bridge in the Columbia River between Ranier, OR and Longview, WA in the first week of June 1946.  She is en route to a guest appearance at the Portland Rose Festival.  Mighty Ninety has been repainted into her third camouflage measure, MS22.
-photo from 1946 Portland Rose Festival souvenir in Brent Jones collection



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USS ASTORIA circa 1946 in Measure 22 paint.
-photo courtesy of Deborah Willis and her father Robert E. Willis from his collection



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Stern view of USS ASTORIA, likely taken during her Central Pacific cruise between October 1946 and March 1947.
-photo from SSM(B)3/c Ernie Gunnarson album in Brent Jones collection




USS ASTORIA CL-90 in her fourth and final paint scheme, peacetime Measure 13 haze gray, circa 1947 in what appears to be San Diego Bay.  Note the continued use of a small wartime-style pennant number on her hull.
-U.S. Navy Photo reproduced from
www.navsource.org.



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USS ASTORIA CL-90 passes under the Golden Gate Bridge on 23 June 1948.
-Sammlung Casoly photo reprinted from Cruisers of the U.S. Navy, Terzibaschitsch.



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A tug moves USS ASTORIA CL-90 in San Francisco Bay circa June 1948.  Yerba Buena Island and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are visible in the background.
-photo courtesy of Dave Schroeder.



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USS ASTORIA CL-90 at Pearl Harbor on 25 February 1949 following her Far East cruise.  From here she departed for San Francisco and decommissioning three months later.
-photo courtesy of U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association.




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Sources:

Bullard, Corey.  Private photo collection.

Coffaro, Tony and Andy.  Private photo collection.

Cote, Larry.  Private photo collection.

DeScisciolo, CAPT Dominic, USN.  Private photo collection.

Jones, Brent.  Private photo collection.

Moccia, John.  Private photo collection.

Schroeder, Dave.  Private photo collection.

Terzibaschitsch, Stefan.  Cruisers of the U.S. Navy 1922-1962.  Annapolis, MD.: Naval Institute Press, 1984.

Unk. editor.  MIGHTY NINETY: USS ASTORIA CL-90 Cruise Book.  Unk. Publisher, 1946.

White, Tracy.  Photo collection from http://www.researcheratlarge.com/.

Willis, Robert E.  Private photo collection.

http://www.navsource.org/ cruiser photo archive.

http://www.navycruisers.org/ U.S. Navy Cruisers Sailors Association photo collection.
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