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Besides the U.S.S. Curtiss, West Virginia, California, Pennsylvania, Texas, Lexington, Saratoga, Ranger, Yorktown, Enterprise, #### and Northampton, what other  ships were equipted with the XCAM radar system at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack?
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PostIcon Posted on: Nov. 27 2002,11:49 Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Aloha Jeffrey,
Had to do some research on this one.....ie: digging!

According to Radar in World War II by Henry E Guerlac [Tomash Pub/American Institute of Physics; 1987] ISBN 0-88318-486-9 page 88:

CXAM installations:
USS California [serial #1]
USS Northampton
USS Pensacola
USS Chester
USS Chicago
USS Yorktown

CXAM-1 installations:
USS Texas
USS Pennsylvania
USS West Virginia
USS North Carolina
USS Washington
USS Augusta
USS Lexington
USS Saratoga
USS Ranger
USS Enterprise
USS ####...W.a.s.p.
USS Curtiss
USS Albermarle
USS Cincinnati

According to a BuShips internal memo from J.B. Dow to Captain F.E. Beatty, 20 Dec 1941, file S67, 1941, records of the SecNav/CNO, 'secret series' [now unclassified]:

As of 18 Dec 1941, all six CXAMs and 13 of 14 CXAM-1s were installed.

I do not know which ship -of the ships listed above was awaiting the final CXAM-1 installation.

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Might have been the Arizona; she had the mount (ie platform, not the radar) installed at the time of the attack and some of the wiring but wasn't going to receive the actual radar until January or February (I believe the later) of 1942, along with 1.1" AA guns and directors. You can see the radar, gun, and director mounts in teh wreckage if you know what to look for.

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Thanks for the complete list of ships. I had posted this same question on [URL=www.warships1.com], and every ship was on the list except for the U.S.S. ALBERMARLE (AV-5) of PATWING  SEVEN of the Atlantic Fleet.
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Quote (Tracy White @ Nov. 27 2002,3:49)
Might have been the Arizona; she had the mount (ie platform, not the radar) installed at the time of the attack and some of the wiring but wasn't going to receive the actual radar until January or February (I believe the later) of 1942, along with 1.1" AA guns and directors. You can see the radar, gun, and director mounts in the wreckage if you know what to look for.

Hi Jeffrey,
If you count the ships versus the XCAM-1 installations...there is one more ship than those installed...which on the list did not have the XCAM-1 radar installed by that date was my reference. The radar installation on USS Arizona may be another radar type than the XCAM radar type about which you asked.

Deliverys and subsequent installations of other type radars were also noted in that 20 Dec 1941 document...FA, FC, SC and SD radars were being installed. The SD was a submarine radar.

Other radars that finally came to the front lines also include the XAR, SA, FB, ASB, XAT, ABA, and BI. Some of these were aerial radar installations.

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