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from  1941-1941, MARDET USS Washington (BB-47)  album
USS Washington (BB-56), the second of just two North Carolina-class battleships, was the third ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the 42nd state. Her keel was laid down on 14 June 1938 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was launched on 1 June 1940, and commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 15 May 1941, with Captain Howard H.J. Benson in command. Washington has the distinction of having served the entire Pacific War without losing a man to hostile action, and only being hit once by enemy ordinance: a 5" shell that passed through her radar antenna without detonation. There were some close calls, as she was exiting the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, several Japanese "Long Lance" torpedoes detonated in her wake. Several Washington sailors died in minor accidents and she was involved in a collision with Indiana in 1943. Name: USS Washington Namesake: State of Washington Ordered: 1 August 1937 Laid down: 14 June 1938 Launched: 1 June 1940 Commissioned: 15 May 1941 Decommissioned: 27 June 1947 Fate: Sold for scrap, 24 May 1961 General characteristics Class and type: North Carolina-class battleship Displacement: 35,000 t Length: 729 ft (222 m) Beam: 108 ft (33 m) Draft: 38 ft (12 m) Speed: 27 kt (50 km/h) Complement: 108 officers, 1772 men Armament: 9 ? 16 in guns 20 ? 5 in 16 ? 1.1 in MGs
posted By Hittle, James Donald, BGen
Apr 30, 2008
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