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American battleship histories. American naval battleship USS Florida. Battleship website dedicated to the history of USS Florida from launch to participation in major wars also notice board for naval historians and descendents of crew of USS Florida.

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USS FLORIDA (BB30)

Built at The New York Navy Yard and launched on the 12th  May 1910 and commissioned into the US navy on the 15th September 1911. The USS Florida along with her sister ship USS Utah were the first US battleships engaged off Vera Cruz during the 1914 crisis. Both ships landed 1,000 soldiers and marines for the three day fighting lead by the Captain of USS Florida. The Americans lost 94 casualties and the Mexicans lost a few hundred.  After The US entered World war One the USS Florida was attached to the British Grand Fleet during 1917 - 1918, serving in the 6th Battle squadron.  USS Florida was the oldest battleships retained by the US under the Washington Treaty.  and underwent to modernization programme sin July 1924 and again in June 1926. during which Curtis Turbines, anti Torpedo Bulges and eight Anti Aircraft Guns were fitted..  But to comply with the terms of the London naval treaty of 1930 USS Florida was scrapped in September 1932.

 

       USS Florida  BB30 

 

USS Florida c.1912.

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USS Florida

USS Florida

USS Florida - photo published 1915.

USS Florida

USS Florida at St Kitts

USS Florida. 

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USS Florida, photographed 1914.  Thanks to Bjarne Kaastrup for identification.