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The United States Navy brought USS North Carolina into service with her commission in April 1941. The first new battleship built in two decades, the ship undertook operations for the next year in the Atlantic. In June 1942, the ship reported to the Pacific for operations. She was part of the Guadalcanal effort and participated in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in August 1942. A torpedo damaged her in September. She was able to return to action later that year after repairs. In November, she participated in the capture of the Gilbert Islands.

For the rest of the Second World War, USS North Carolina served as protection for carriers and offered bombardment of island targets during invasions. She played a part in the Marshall Islands, the Marianas, and in the Battle of Philippine Sea during the first part of 1944. Later that year, she shifted operations to the Western Pacific. In 1945, she saw action during the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. As the War ended, she operated off the Japanese coast. After a brief stint in the Atlantic after the war, the Navy decommissioned her in June 1947. After removal from the Navy’s list in 1960, the ship transferred to Wilmington, North Carolina, to become a museum. That is her home today.

BB-55 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1937 - Keel Date: 27 OCT 1937
at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corporation
JUN 1940 - Launch Date: 13 JUN 1940
APR 1941 - Commissioned: 9 APR 1941
JAN 1943 - JAN 1951 Guantanamo Bay
JUN 1947 - Decommissioned: 27 JUN 1947

BB-55 General Specifications

Class: North-Carolina-class battleship

Named for: North Carolina

Complement: 144 Officers and 2195 Enlisted

Displacement: 37484 tons

Length: 728.8 feet

Beam: 108.3 feet

Flank Speed: 26 kn

Range: 17 450 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition:Museum ship