|USS Vincennes CA-44 was the last of the class to be built and along with Quincy had the most modifications from the other New Orleans Class cruisers. Both ships were built to a modified design with their A main gun turret moved eight feet aft
and B turret raised six inches to clear the closer A turret and thinner funnels. Vincennes was laid down January 2, 1934, launched on May 21, 1936 and commissioned on February 24, 1937. In April had shake down cruises to Scandinavia,
France and England. In January 1938 she joined CRUDIV 7 of the Scouting Force and went to the Pacific, where she operated from Sn Pedro, California. She was at Mare Island, near Sn Francisco in April 1939 when she received orders
transferring her back to the Atlantic. Vincennes was on Neutrality Patrol from September 1, 1939 into 1940 in the Caribbean and the east coast. In May she was sent to the Azores and French Morocco. With the fall of France, Vincennes was
tasked with transporting French gold reserves from Casablanca to the United States. She left Casablanca on June 10, 1940 and after landing the gold went back on Neutrality Patrol until January 1941 when she went in Norfolk for a short refit.
After a short period of patrolling off the east coast, the Vincennes changed her area of operations to the south Atlantic. In March 1941 she steamed to Brazil and South Africa and her missions also included carrying British troops to Capetown,
South Africa. On January 4, 1942 Vincennes was back in Norfolk and was assigned another refit at New York Navy Yard, She then worked with USS Hornet CV-8 off the east coast, helping with the Hornet’s shake down. On March 4, 1942
Vincennes left for the west coast.