USS North Carolina (BB55)

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Battleship histories. American naval battleship USS North Carolina. Battleship website dedicated to the history of USS North Carolina from launch to participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of USS North Carolina.

USS North Carolina was built at new York Navy Yard and paid down on the 27th October 1937 and launched 13th June 1940, commissioned into the US navy on the 9th April 1941. ready for deployment in August 1941. On the 15th September 1942 USS North Carolina was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine  south east of the Solomon islands. repairs took just over a month, before sailing to Puget Sound for refit on the 23rd June  1944 to 1 October 1944. Employed in 1946 as a training ship. she was de commissioned on the 27th June 1947 and stricken form the list on the 1st June 1960. later in 1960 she was presented  to North Carolina as a national Monument. where she still re sides at Wilmington.

Displacement: 37,484    Speed: 28.0 knots   Compliment: 1880

Armament: Nine 16-inch guns in threes, twenty 5-inch guns in pairs, sixteen 1.1-inch guns in fours and 12 0.5-inch guns.  Three aircraft.

BB55 USS North Carolina, 3rd June 1942, Norfolk Navy Yard

Order Code BB55

One copy only of original 1940's printed photo plate, 10" x 8" available, price ?15.  Please note image shown has been cropped for website purpose and more sky and sea and text is shown on the photo plate.   Please add post of  ?3 post for UK ?10 overseas, recorded airmail order photograph here

BB55 USS North Carolina, December 1941

Order Code BB55B

One copy only of original 1940's printed photo plate, 10" x 8" available, price ?15.  Please note image shown has been cropped for website purpose and more sky and sea and text is shown on the photo plate.   Please add post of  ?3 post for UK ?10 overseas, recorded airmail order photograph here

BB55 USS North Carolina, April 1942

Order Code BB55C

One copy only of original 1940's printed photo plate, 10" x 8" available, price ?15.  Please note image shown has been cropped for website purpose and more sky and sea and text is shown on the photo plate.   Please add post of  ?3 post for UK ?10 overseas, recorded airmail order photograph here

BB55 USS North Carolina, 3rd June 1942, Norfolk Navy Yard

Order Code BB55D

One copy only of original 1940's printed photo plate, 10" x 8" available, price ?15.  Please note image shown has been cropped for website purpose and more sky and sea and text is shown on the photo plate.   Please add post of  ?3 post for UK ?10 overseas, recorded airmail order photograph here

BB55 USS North Carolina, June 1942

Order Code BB55E

One copy only of original 1940's printed photo plate, 10" x 8" available, price ?15.  Please note image shown has been cropped for website purpose and more sky and sea and text is shown on the photo plate.   Please add post of  ?3 post for UK ?10 overseas, recorded airmail order photograph here

Displacement: 37,484    Speed: 28.0 knots   Compliment: 1880

Armament: Nine 16-inch guns in threes, twenty 5-inch guns in pairs, sixteen 1.1-inch guns in fours and 12 0.5-inch guns.  Three aircraft.