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U.S.S. ARIZONA

(BB-39)

THE SUNSET STATE

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BB-39 USS ARIZONA

The Navy brought USS Arizona into service with her commission in October 1916. For the first few years, the ship operated in the Atlantic with cruises to France, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean Sea, and down to Peru. In August 1921, the ship transferred to serve in the Pacific Fleet based out of Southern California. She remained there for much of the next decade. Between 1929 and 1931, USS Arizona underwent a major modernization at Norfolk. Once completed, the ship escorted President Herbert Hoover on his Caribbean tour. At the end of that tour, she returned to service in the Pacific Fleet.

In 1940, USS Arizona, along with other ships, began working out of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. On the morning of December 7, 1941, the ship was sitting in the harbor along with sister ships. The Japanese attacked the Fleet here with devastating results. After surviving other bombs, one penetrated the deck and entered her forward ammunition magazines. The subsequent explosion spelled her doom. When she sank, USS Arizona took 1177 men with her. The Navy worked to salvage as much of her armament as possible. After several assessments, the Navy determined that raising her would involve too much time and resources. She remains at rest in Pearl Harbor as a monument to the men lost there.

BB-39 Deployments - Major Events

Add a BB-39 Shellback Initiation Add a BB-39 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1914 - Keel Date: 16 MAR 1914
at Brooklyn Navy Yard
JUN 1915 - Launch Date: 19 JUN 1915
OCT 1916 - Commissioned: 17 OCT 1916
DEC 1941 - DEC 1941 SUNK

BB-39 General Specifications

Class: Pennsylvania-class battleship

Named for: The State of Arizona

Complement: 1385 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 31400 tons

Length: 600 feet

Beam: 97 feet

Flank Speed: 21 kn

Range: 8 000 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition:Sunk during attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941