Note: List is incomplete at this time
The ship had five departments
1st Division picture The 1st Division was responsible for 6 inch turrets numbers 1 & 2.
They were also responsible
for the upkeep of the forward part of the ship.
2nd Division picture The 2nd Division was responsible for 6 inch turrets number 3 & 4 (which were aft).
They were also responsible for the upkeep of the aft part of the ship.
In addition they
operated and maintained
the catapults used to launch our search aircraft.
3rd Division picture The 3rd Division was responsible for 5 inch gun mounts number 51, 52 & 53. They were also
responsible for upkeep of half of the middle of the ship.
4th Division picture The 4th Division was responsible for 5 inch gun mounts number 54, 55 & 56. They were also
responsible for upkeep of the other half of the middle of the ship.
5th Division picture The 5th Division was responsible for 40mm gun mounts number 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 49 & 50 and
10 20mm guns. In addition they were responsiable for the upkeep of the boat deck.
They were responsible for 40 mm gun mounts number 45 & 46 and some gun directors.
F Division picture
The F Division was responsible for all the Gun Fire Control Systems, Gun Directors
A Division A Division was called the Auxiliary Division. They operated and maintained the evaporators which
made fresh water from sea water. Columbia had the reputation for making more fresh water than any
other ship in Cruiser Division 12. The men rarely had to take salt water showers.
B Division NEW Dec. 2018 B Division was responsible for the two fire rooms (fore & aft). They made the steam that
powered the four turbines
that drove the ship's four screws.
List of men
Steam also powered the four turbines that drove the four electrical generators. B Division
was also responsible for operating and maintaining the electrical generator turbines.
M Division M Division was responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment in the two engine rooms.
There were two steam turbines for each engine room. The turbines drove the four props.
R Divison on stern R Division was responsible for the damage control stations, fire fighting and shipfitter shop which repaired
and replaced various equipment throughout the ship.
E Division picture E Division was responsible for generating the electricity that powered equipment throughout the ship.
They also maintained the lighting
addition they maintained the sound powered telephones and the dial telephone system.
V Division picture V Division was responsible for maintaining the search aircraft. The pilots were attached to the V Division.
L Division on stern L Division provided the ship lookouts, so vital for the safety of the ship.
L Division on quarter deck L Division function unknown
N Division was responsible for the ship's bridge. They manned the ship's wheel and provided the
navigation to get the ship from place to place. No picture.
UNIDENTIFED DIVISION PICTURES
Unknown Division u3
Division u3 has been ID as B Division, Dec. 2018 names unknown