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U.S.S. UTAH

(BB-31)

THE BATTLE WAGON

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BB-31 USS UTAH

The Navy, upon her commission, in August 1911 brought USS Utah into service. During the first few years of her service, the ship patrolled the Atlantic with a trip to the Mediterranean in 1913. She remained part of the Atlantic Fleet during the First World War with noted service off the coast of Ireland in 1918. After the war, USS Utah served in various locations including along the Eastern Seaboard, Caribbean, South America, and Europe. After a modernization project in 1925, she became part of the Scouting Fleet in the Atlantic.

As USS Utah aged, the Navy decided to make her a radio-controlled target ship in 1931. With the new designation of AG-16, the ship began her final mission as a training ship. She also helped train anti-aircraft gunnery personnel in later years. By 1941, she had joined the Pacific Fleet near Hawaii carrying on her training duties. On December 7, 1941, USS Utah became part of the Pacific Fleet hit so hard at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese hit her with aerial torpedoes. The damage sustained was too much and she sank. Some years later, the Navy had her hull brought up and moved towards Ford Island. That is her final resting place.

BB-31 Deployments - Major Events

Add a BB-31 Shellback Initiation Add a BB-31 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1909 - Keel Date: 9 MAR 1909
at New York Shipbuilding Corporation
DEC 1909 - Launch Date: 23 DEC 1909
AUG 1911 - Commissioned: 31 AUG 1911
FEB 1941 - Shellback Initiation - 18 FEB 1941 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR 1941 - Shellback Initiation - 4 MAR 1941 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1941 - JUN 1941 Dry Dock
DEC 1941 - Shellback Initiation - 12 DEC 1941 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1941 - AUG 1945 West Pac
JAN 1942 - JAN 1942 Alaska
SEP 1944 - Decommissioned: 5 SEP 1944
OCT 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 18 OCT 1958 - Pacific Ocean

BB-31 General Specifications

Complement: 1041 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 21825 tons

Length: 521.5 feet

Beam: 88.3 feet

Draft: 28.3 feet

Flank Speed: 20 Knots