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AMERICAN BATTLESHIP LEGACY


USS MissouriBelow is a listing of all American battleship and their fates. It was navy policy to name battleships after states of the union with the only exception being the USS Kearsage (BB 05). Today, missile submarines are named after states.

The history of the modern American big gun ship begins with the USS Maine, which was later sunk in Havana Harbor, Cuba which propelled the United States into a war with Spain and ends with the two Iowa class battleships (USS Missouri and USS Wisconsin) that served in Operation Desert Storm. The USS Oregon is part of the proud legacy of American battleships.

Notes concerning the below chart:

Name: Ships name; Names that appear in bold are the class leaders, i.e. Indiana (BB-01) is the lead ship for Massachusetts (BB-02), and Oregon (BB-03).

Designation: Ships hull number

War/Service: Major war are service provided during ships life. Abbreviations: S-A = Spanish-American War; GW = Great White Fleet; WW I = World War I; WW II = World War II; K = Korean Conflict; RV = Vietnam War; PG = Persian Gulf War (Desert Storm)

Length of Service: Date of commissioning to date of decommissioning.

Final Disposition: Fate of the ship. Memorial indicates that the ship is fully intact and can be toured (Exception is the USS Arizona). Treaty indicates the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922-1923. Treat II indicates the London Naval Treaty of 1930. Reserve indicates inactive reserve fleet.

Disposition Notes: Amplifying information on the final disposition. Treaty indicates the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922-23. Test target indicates ship was used as a target for weapons test including naval gunfire, aerial bombs, and atomic weapons.


AMERICAN BATTLESHIPS

 Name

Designation

War/Service

Length of Service

Final Disposition

Disposition Notes

Maine

ACR1/BB00

Spanish-American

 1895-1898

Sunk, 1898

Explosion

Texas

BB00

Spanish-American

1895-1911

Sunk, 1911

Test target

Indiana

BB01

Spanish-American

1895-1919

Sunk,1920

Test target

Massachusetts

BB02

Spanish-American

1896-1919

Sunk,1921 

Scuttled 

Oregon

BB03

S-A,WWI,WWII

1896-1925 

Sold,1956 

Scrapped 

Iowa

BB04

Spanish-American

1897-1919 

Sunk,1923 

Test target 

Kearsarge

BB05

GW, WWI 

1900-1920 

Sold,1955 

Scrapped

Kentucky

BB06

GW, WWI 

1900-1920 

Sold,1924 

Scrapped 

Illinois

BB07

Great White Fl. 

1901-1924 

Sold, 1956 

Scrapped 

Alabama

BB08

GW, WWI 

1900-1920 

Sunk,1921 

Test target 

Wisconsin

BB09

GW, WWI 

1901-1920 

Sold, 1922 

Scrapped

Maine

BB10

GW, WWI 

1901-1920 

Treaty 

Scrapped 

Missouri

BB11

GW, WWI 

1903-1919 

Treaty 

Scrapped 

Ohio

BB12

GW, WWI 

1904-1922 

Sold, 1923 

Scrapped 

Virginia

BB13

GW, WWI 

1906-1920 

Sunk,1923 

Test target 

Nebraska

BB14

GW, WWI 

1907-1920 

Treaty 

Scrapped 

Georgia

BB15

GW, WWI 

1906-1920 

Sold, 1923 

Scrapped 

New Jersey

BB16

GW, WWI 

1906-1920 

Sunk,1923 

Test target 

Rhode Island

BB17

GW, WWI 

1906-1920 

Sold,1923 

Scrapped 

Connecticut

BB18

GW, WWI 

1906-1922 

Sold,1923 

Scrapped 

Louisiana

BB19

GW, WWI 

1906-1920 

Sold,1923 

Scrapped 

Vermont

BB20

GW, WWI 

1907-1920 

Sold,1923 

Scrapped 

Kansas

BB21

GW, WWI 

1907-1923 

Sold,1923 

Scrapped 

Minnesota

BB22

GW, WWI 

1907-1921 

Sold,1924

Scrapped 

Mississippi

BB23

GW, WWII 

1908-1914 

Sunk,1941 

Note 1 

Idaho

BB24

-- 

1908-1914 

Sunk,1941 

Note 1 

New Hampshire

BB25

World War I 

1908-1921 

Sold,1923 

Scrapped 

South Carolina

BB26

World War I

1908-1921 

Sold,1923 

Scrapped 

Michigan 

BB27

World War I 

1910-1922 

Treaty

Scrapped

Delaware 

BB28

World War I 

1910-1923 

Sold, 1924

Scrapped 

North Dakota 

BB29

World War I 

1910-1923 

Sold,1931 

Scrapped 

Florida

BB30

World War I 

1911-1931 

Treaty II 

Scrapped 

Utah

BB31

WW I, WW II 

1911-1930 

Treaty II 

Note 2 

Wyoming

BB32

WW I, WW II 

1912-1947 

Sold,1947 

Scrapped 

Arkansas

BB33

WW I, WW II 

1912-1946 

Sunk,1946

Test target 

New York

BB34

WW I, WW II 

1914-1946 

Sunk,1948 

Test target 

Texas

BB35

WW I, WW II 

1914-1948 

Memorial 

Name State

Nevada

BB36

WW I, WW II 

1916-1946 

Sunk,1948 

Test target 

Oklahoma

BB37

WW I, WW II 

1916-1944 

Sold,1944 

Sunk,1947 

Pennsylvania

BB38

WW I, WW II 

1916-1946 

Sunk,1948 

Test target 

Arizona

BB39

WW I, WW II 

1917-1941 

Sunk,1941 

Memorial 

New Mexico

BB40

World War II 

1918-1946 

Sold,1947 

Scrapped 

Mississippi

BB41

World War II 

1917-1956 

Sold,1956 

Scrapped 

Idaho

BB42

World War II 

1919-1946 

Sold,1947 

Scrapped 

Tennessee 

BB43

World War II 

1920-1945 

Sold,1959 

Scrapped 

California

BB44

World War II 

1921-1946 

Sold,1959 

Scrapped 

Colorado 

BB45

World War II 

1923-1947 

Sold,1959 

Scrapped 

Maryland 

BB46

World War II 

1921-1946 

Sold,1959 

Scrapped 

Washington

BB47

N/A 

1922-1922 

Sunk,1924 

Note 3 

West Virginia

BB48

World War II 

1923-1947 

Sold,1959 

Scrapped 

South Dakota

BB49

N/A 

N/A 

Scrapped 

Treaty 

Indiana

BB50

N/A

N/A 

Scrapped 

Treaty 

Montana

BB51

N/A

N/A 

Scrapped 

Treaty 

North Carolina

BB52

N/A 

N/A 

Scrapped 

Treaty 

Iowa

BB53

N/A 

N/A 

Scrapped 

Treaty 

Massachusetts

BB54

N/A 

N/A 

Scrapped 

Treaty 

North Carolina

BB55

World War II

1941-1947 

Memorial 

Name State 

Washington

BB56

World War II

1941-1947 

Sold,1961 

Scrapped 

South Dakota

BB57

World War II

1942-1946 

Sold,1962 

Scrapped 

Indiana

BB58

World War II

1942-1947 

Sold,1962 

Scrapped 

Massachusetts

BB59

World War II

1942-1947 

Memorial 

Name State 

Alabama 

BB60

World War II

1942-1947 

Memorial 

Name State 

Iowa

BB61

WWII, Korea

1943-1991 

Reserve 

-- 

New Jersey

BB62

WWII, K, RV

1943-1991 

Reserve 

--

Missouri

BB63

WWII, K, PG

1944-1992

Reserve 

-- 

Wisconsin

BB64

WWII, K, PG

1944-1991

Reserve 

--

Illinois

BB65

N/A

N/A

Canceled

Scrapped 

Kentucky

BB66

N/A

N/A

Canceled 

Scrapped 

Montana

BB67

N/A

N/A 

Canceled 

-- 

Ohio

BB68

N/A

N/A

Canceled 

--

Maine 

BB69

N/A 

N/A

Canceled 

--

New Hampshire 

BB70

N/A

N/A

Canceled

--

Louisiana

BB71

N/A

N/A

Canceled

--

Information derived from "American Battleships" by Max R. Newhart

Notes-

Note 1- USS Mississippi (BB-23) and USS Idaho (BB-24) was sold and transferred to the Greek Navy as coastal defense ships. Both were sunk by the German Air Force in World War II while in port.

Note 2- USS Utah was reclassified as a Mobile Training Target Ship (AG) in order to meet compliance with the London Naval Treaty of 1930. Ship was at Pearl Harbor on Dec 07, 1941. She was hit by a torpedo during the attack, rolled over, and sank.

Note 3- Sunk as a gunnery target ship in order to meet compliance with the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. She was near 80 percent complete when she was canceled.

 

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