What if she does not get unlucky and makes it to the end of the war. Is there a chance she is used as a experimental ship or does she just get scraped like her sister ship and other Pre War Cruisers ?
She gets scrapped, or sent to bikini. If she’s lucky, her nameplate and some other mementos are saved for the next ship bearing her name.What if she does not get unlucky and makes it to the end of the war. Is there a chance she is used as a experimental ship or does she just get scraped like her sister ship and other Pre War Cruisers ?
Nope. They were all decommissioned by 46/47 as were the Baltimores that saw war service. The Baltimores ended up recommissioning in the 50s, but none of the treaty cruisers ever saw active service again and they were sold sold for scrap in 1959
Captain McVay likely has a slightly better if low key post war career. He gets promoted to Rear Admiral sometime in the late 40s, given a couple important if low profile flag billets. He may or may not see actual service in Korea, but around that time he picks up his 3rd star upon promotion to Vice Admiral, stays in rank for 3, maybe 4 years, then retiresThe biggest impact is going to be in the 1975 film Jaws where Quint played by Robert Shaw will not give a scene stealing speech about being on the Indianapolis which gives his character a Captain Ahab vibe.
The US never sold or transferred any heavy cruisers to foreign nations. The only cruisers that the US transferred to other nations were 6 ships of the Brooklyn class. Two each to Chile, Brazil and Argentina.Might have been sold to a South American ally, or other NATO nation, like Turkey. If sold to Argentina she might have been torpedoed by the Royal Navy in 1982.
Berwick, Kent and Suffolk were in reserve by the end of 1946 and they were broken up in 1948.I think a few of the British treaty light cruisers hung around for another decade or so.