USS Worcester (CL-144), 1948-1972
The lead ship of her class, USS Worcester (CL-144) was commissioned on June 26, 1948, at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey. Deployed initially to the Mediterranean Sea, she was sent to provide gunfire support during the Korean War, arriving in August 1950. During this time, Worcester supported the Inchon Invasion and the Wonsan Landings. Following her duty, she returned for deployments in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. In January 1956, Worcester transferred to the Pacific Fleet where she remained until decommissioning in December 1958 at Mare Island, California. Relocating to Bremerton, Washington, she was part of the "mothball fleet" until stricken from the Naval Register in December 1970. Worcester was sold for scrapping in July 1972.
A model of Worcester was on display in the Korean War section at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy (Cold War Gallery), Bldg. 70, until 2022.
Image: NH 91832: USS Worcester (CL-144) port view while underway in the Mediterranean Sea, June 1950. NHHC Photograph Collection.