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|Tonnage||8100 tons standard displacement
|Dimensions||465'9" by 60'2" by 18'
141.96m by 18.34m by 5.49m
|Maximum speed||16 knots|
||2-shaft triple expansion reciprocating (7500 shp)
3 White-Forester boilers
||Armament increased to 1 5"/51 gun, 4 3" guns, and 2x2 40mm Bofors antiaircraft guns by the end of the war.
The Prometheus class were former colliers converted to repair ships in 1913-1914. The two ships were not strictly sister ships, but were similar enough that they are sometimes listed as such, as we have done here.
The Vestal was
moored alongside the Arizona
Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor,
and she took two bomb hits as well
as considerable damage from the Arizona
magazine explosion. Her captain beached her to prevent her
from sinking, and
she was repaired for service throughout the war, giving particularly crucial service during the South Pacific campaign of 1942-1943.
||Recommissioned 1942-5-15 (Bremerton)
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