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Hull Id: B-39 / (BB-39)
Christened: Arizona
Ordered: 4 March 1913
Laid down: 16 March 1914
Launched: 19 June 1915
Commissioned: 17 October 1916
Constructor: Brooklyn Navy Yard
Cost: $12,993,579.23
($7,425,000.00 hull & machinery only)
Pennsylvania class
Ships: Pennsylvania, Arizona.
Sunk by aircraft, 7 December 1941.
United States of America naval ensign

USS Arizona

American super-dreadnought battleship

USS Arizona was the second ship of the Pennsylvania class.

For the duration of America's participation in the First World War USS Arizona was based in Norfolk, Virginia. She patrolled the Eastern seaboard of the United States from the Virginia Capes to New York and also served as a gunnery training ship.

Modernised between the wars; improvements included new machinery, increased protection and replacing the cage-masts with tripods.

During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941, USS Arizona was struck by two bombs, the second of which started a fire that ignited the forward magazine for the main armament. The resulting explosion devastated the front half of the ship and sank her. In all 1,177 of the 1,400 crew were killed.

USS Arizona was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 December 1942, being deemed to badly damaged to repair. Subsequently a memorial was constructed on the site of the wreck, which was never raised.


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