From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships

A group of volcanic islands in the southwest central Pacific.

The name Samoa was selected for CB-6, an Alaska-class large cruiser ordered on 9 September 1940 from New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J. Although Samoa was scheduled for completion by 1 December 1946, all available materials and slipways were allocated to higher priority ships: aircraft carriers, destroyers, and submarines. This postponed her keel laying until large cruisers were no longer required. Samoa's construction, never begun, was finally cancelled on 24 June 1943.