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USS ''Washington''

  • World War II
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The USS ''Washington'' was a US Naval ''North Carolina'' – Class Battleship, and last of that Class constructed. First launched in 1940, The ''Washington'' (named for The American State and not President), was a Training Ship operating from The Philadelphia Naval Port and Eastern Seaboard. With the start of World War II (Pearl Harbor), ''Washington'' was deployed to support Convoy Protection between Great Britain and The Soviet Union (1941). By 1944, ''Washington'' was re-deployed to The Pacific Theater of The War, and participated in several Major Campaigns – to include The Battle of The Philippine Islands. Her last engagement was in support of The Battle of Okinawa. After The War, ''Washington'' was one of many US Warships detailed to transport thousands of American Soldiers home from The Pacific. Decommissioned in 1947, She would be ''mothballed'' until Her scrapping in 1961. ''Washington'' displaced 35,000-tons, and was 730-feet long with a Beam of 108-feet. Powered by (4) steam Boilers and (8) Turbines, which produced 32-mph on ''open seas''. She could range 12,000-miles. The ''Washington'' had a Crew Compliment of 1,800 Officers and Men. Her Armor plating ranged from 5 to 16-inches. The ''Washington'' had the following Armament – (9) 16-inch Main Guns, (20) 5-inch Guns, (18) .50 Caliber Machine Guns (AA) and (16) 1-inch AA Guns. She could also support launching of (2) Float/Observational Float Planes.