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. Completed just before World War II, the North Carolina-class went under extensive shakedowns due to propeller vibration problems.
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.
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. The USS Washington was decommissioned on June 27, 1947, and was sold for scrap in 1961.
Ships in class
- ↑ http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/usnshtp/bb/bb55cl.htm
- ↑ http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_north_carolina_class_battleships.html
- ↑ http://www.worldwar2facts.org/uss-north-carolina-bb-55.html
- ↑ http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_USS_Washington_BB_56.html