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USS New Mexico began her service when the Navy commissioned her in May 1918. During the remainder of the First World War, she patrolled the Eastern shoreline of the United States. By the end of 1919, the Navy designated the ship as the flagship of the Pacific and she reported for duty on the West Coast. For the next couple of decades, USS New Mexico worked in the Pacific with visits to Australia, New Zealand, and South America. From 1931 to 1933, the ship underwent a modernization project that improved her armament and guns.

In May 1941, USS New Mexico reported for duty in the Atlantic. This caused her to miss the Pearl Harbor raid later that year. The Navy sent her back to the Pacific in early 1942 to bolster the reduced forces operating in this area. The ship played a major role in many operations within the Pacific Theater for the remainder of the War. She took part in the invasions of Attu, Kiska, the Gilbert Islands, the Marshall Islands, New Ireland, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Mindoro, Luzon, and Okinawa. Along the way, suicide planes hit her twice. She lost over 250 crewmen between the two. The Navy decommissioned her in July 1946 and sold for scrapping the next year.

BB-40 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT1915-Keel Date: 14 OCT 1915
at New York Navy Yard
APR1917-Launch Date: 13 APR 1917
MAY1918-Commissioned: 20 MAY 1918
JUL1946-Decommissioned: 19 JUL 1946

BB-40 General Specifications

Class: New Mexico-class battleship

Named for: New Mexico

Complement: 1084 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 32000 tons

Length: 624 feet

Beam: 97 feet

Flank Speed: 21 kn

Final Disposition: Sold 9 November 1947 and broken up for scrap in Newark NJ