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Greetings everyone, for my third cruiser of this series I went with Flint (CL-97). This is the Atlanta-Oakland class that most of us won’t get in game.
Flint (CL-97) was commissioned in August 1944 and would go on to receive 4 battle stars during the war. Arriving at Ulithi for duty in December 1944, a few days later the cruiser steamed into combat when she was assigned to cover the invasion of Luzon in the Philippines adding her AA guns to defend from kamikaze attacks.
In the last eight months of the war she continued fighting air attacks but was also able to use her main guns on shore targets on Okinawa and the Japanese home islands. Flint then went to serve as a rescue ship and homing station for transport planes bringing occupation troops to Japan.
Deactivated in January 1946, she was placed in reserve in May 1947 and was finally stricken and scrapped in September 1965.
Source: American Cruisers of World War II by Steve Ewing