Sunday, November 26, 2006

Ships and Boats, USS Arizona

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Statistics: Displacement: 31,400 tons, Length: 608', Beam: 97'1", Draft: 28'10", Speed: 21 knots, Complement: 1,081, Armament: Twelve 14" guns; twenty-two 5" guns; four 3" guns; two 21" torpedo tubes, Class: Pennsylvania.

Text from The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships published by the Naval Historical Center

The second Arizona (Battleship No. 39) was laid down on 16 March 1914 at the New York Navy Yard; launched on 19 June 1915; sponsored by Miss Esther Ross, daughter of a prominent Arizona pioneer citizen, Mr. W. W. Ross of Prescott, Ariz.; and commissioned at her builder's yard on 17 October 1916, Capt. John D. McDonald in command.

Arizona departed New York on 16 November 1916 for shakedown training off the Virginia capes and Newport, proceeding thence to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Returning north to Norfolk on 16 December to test fire her battery and to conduct torpedo-defense exercises in Tangier Sound. The battleship returned to her builder's yard the day before Christmas of 1916 for post-shakedown overhaul. Completing these repairs and alterations on 3 April 1917, she cleared the yard on that date for Norfolk, arriving there on the following day to join Battleship Division 8. USS Arizona (BB 39) FULL TEXT

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