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Nevada Class Battleship
30,500 Tons (WWII)
583 x 95' 2.5" x 28' 6"
10 × 14" guns
21 × 5"
2 or 4 × 21' torpedo tubes
2 × floatplanes
1 × catapult (1942)
USN circa 1916
USN December 7, 1941
USN February 19, 1942
Nevada joined the U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Newport, Rhode Island on 26 May 1916 and operated along the east coast and in the Caribbean until World War I. After training gunners out of Norfolk, Virginia, she sailed 13 August 1918 to serve with the British Grand Fleet, arriving Bantry Bay, Ireland 23 August. She made a sweep through the North Sea and escorted the transport George Washington, with President Woodrow Wilson embarked, during the last day of her passage into Brest, France, before sailing for home 14 December.
Nevada served in both Atlantic and Pacific Fleets in the period between the wars. In September 1922 she represented the United States in Rio de Janeiro for the Centennial of Brazilian Independence. From July to September 1925, she participated in the U.S. Fleet's goodwill cruise to Australia and New Zealand, which demonstrated to these allies, and to the Japanese, US ability to make a self-supported cruise to a distance equal to that to Japan. Modernized at Norfolk Naval Shipyard between August 1927 and January 1930, Nevada served in the Pacific Fleet for the next decade.
During the Allied landings in Southern France, Nevada provided gun fire support between August 15 - September 25, 1944. Dueled with shore batteries at Toulon armed with 13.4" guns taken from scuttled French battleships. Afterwards, refit in New York including the relining of her gun barrels, then departed for the Pacific.
Okinawa and Japan
Serving off Okinawa until 30 June, from 10 July to 7 August she ranged with the 3rd Fleet which not only bombed the Japanese home islands from the air, but came within range for Nevada's guns during the closing days of the war. Nevada received 7 battle stars for World War II service.
On July 1, 1946 while anchored at Bikini Atoll during atomic bomb test "Able", B-29 "Dave's Dream" 44-27354 released bomb "Gilda" that missed, exploding 710 yards west of Nevada and only damaged the vessel. Afterwards, returned to Pearl Harbor and decommission August 29, 1946.
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