USS Des Moines

Heavy Cruiser Des Moines

One of the most significant problems of cruiser “Baltimore”, and of all the heavy cruisers in general, was a relatively low rate of fire. American naval designers began creating new naval guns, which soon turned into the draft heavy cruiser, “Des Moines”. The rate of fire of eight-inch guns almost doubly excels all the guns of its predecessors and its strong air defense makes it a deadly threat to enemy air groups

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