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USS Texas came into service when the Navy commissioned it in March of 1914. It belonged to the New York class of battleships. Until the beginning of World War I, the ship worked throughout the North Atlantic. During the War, the battleship was part of the Grand Fleet that patrolled and worked the North Sea. Between the wars, USS Texas alternated between the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. She underwent a major modernization project in 1925. During the late 1930s, the ship was central to training officers and men in the Atlantic.

As the Second World War broke out in Europe in September of 1939, USS Texas was part of the patrol that monitored shipping interests. Once the United States entered the war in December of 1941, the ship started out by escorting troops and supplies to various ports. The ship provided ship to ground fire during the invasions of North Africa, Normandy, and Southern France. USS Texas reported to the Pacific Theater in time for the Iwo Jima invasion in February 1945. She also provided fire support at Okinawa. After escorting war personnel home, the ship remained inactive until her decommission in 1948. She is now a memorial at San Jacinto, Texas.

BB-35 Deployments - Major Events

Add a BB-35 Shellback Initiation Add a BB-35 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1911 - Keel Date: 17 APR 1911
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
MAY 1912 - Launch Date: 18 MAY 1912
MAR 1914 - Commissioned: 12 MAR 1914
APR 1948 - APR 1948 Decommisioning

BB-35 General Specifications

Class: New York-class battleship

Named for: The State of Texas

Complement: 954 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 27000 tons

Length: 573 feet

Beam: 95 feet 3 inches

Flank Speed: 21 kn

Final Disposition: Museum ship