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The North Carolina-class battleship was a class of two battleships that were the first United States Navy "big-gun warships" to be authorized in nearly two decades.[1] Completed just before World War II, the North Carolina-class went under extensive shakedowns due to propeller vibration problems[2].


USS Washington collision damage repaired NARA BS 63999

The USS Washington (BB-56), anchored at a dock.

USS North Carolina was the leading ship of the North Carolina class. She was commissioned on April 9th, 1941. USS North Carolina was one of the "fast battleships", that saw a lot of service during the Pacific War. USS North Carolina was decommissioned in 1947, and is still preserved today as a monument to the 10,000 North Carolinians who died during World War II.[3]

USS Washington was the sister ship of the USS North Carolina. USS Washington served a similar career to that of the USS North Carolina, however, she served a bit longer than the North Carolina in the North Atlantic before moving to the Pacific. The USS Washington was also the only fast battleship to ever sink a Japanese capital ship, which was Kirishima[4]. The USS Washington was decommissioned on June 27, 1947, and was sold for scrap in 1961.

Ships in class



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