departing North African waters on 10 June, the cruiser returned
to the United States to offload her precious metallic cargo and
return to the drudgery of Neutrality Patrols. Overhauling at Portsmouth
Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va. into the first week of January 1941, Vincennes
departed Hampton Roads on 7 January in company with Wichita (CA-45),
New York (BB-44), and Texas (BB-35) bound for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
once again in the Caribbean, the heavy cruiser fired battle practice
and gunnery exercises in company with Wichita through 18 January,
when the two cruisers proceeded for Portland Bight, Jamaica, British
West Indies. Conducting Neutrality Patrols from this port, Vincennes
patrolled in company with other ships safeguarding neutral waters
and America's recently acquired Caribbean bases. Vincennes joined
other Fleet units for landing exercises at Culebra, Puerto Rico,
on 4 February 1941 and sent her 50-foot boats to assist in unloading
and troop debarkation drills. She assisted McCawley (AP-10) and
Wharton (AP-7) in landing men and material before taking station
with Fire Support Group II. The cruiser then fired simulated gunfire
support operations with her main and secondary batteries in exercises
which foreshadowed her future combat role in the South Pacific.
the remainder of February, the ship continued her landing support
operations with Transport Divisions 2 and 7, anchoring on occasion
at Mayaguez or Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. Conducting operations out
of Puerto Rican waters, Vincennes called at Pernambuco, Brazil,
on 17 March and got underway for Capetown South Africa, on the 20th.
Arriving to a warm welcome nine days later, the ship took on a large
shipment of gold bullion to pay for arms purchased in the United
States by the United Kingdom and then headed home on the 30th. En
route to New York, she conducted exercises.