USS Texas

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

USS Texas was built by Newport News and laid down on the 17th April 1911, launched 18th May 1912 and commissioned into the navy on the 12th March 1914 , joining the 6th battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet. serving with it  until being transferred to serve with the British grand Fleet from January 1918 until December 1918. USS Texas was the first US battleship to carry Anti aircraft Armament. She was re-boilered after the war using the boiler which had been built for the Battle Cruisers ordered in 1916 which were never built. Became a training ship in 1936. and was listed for disposal once their replacements had been built.  During World war two USS Texas supported the Normandy landings. and while bombarding Cherbourg she was hit several times by 11 inch shells from German Coastal defences. On the 25th June went to Plymouth for repairs. On the 15th August 1944 supported landings in Southern France. and In November 1944 transferred tot he Pacific to support the landings at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. On the 27th October 1945 she was decommissioned and towed to San Jacinto Basin. where she is preserved as a state Musuem.

Displacement: 27,000 tons,  Full load of 28,367 tons.  Speed: 21 Knots.  range 7060 nautical miles at 10 knots.  Crew 1042.  Armament: Ten 14-inch guns in pairs. twenty One 5 inch / 51 calibre guns/  Four 21-inch torpedo Tubes (submerged in the beam)

BB35 USS Texas, 15th March 1943

Order Code BB35

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

BB35 USS Texas, 15th March 1943

Order Code BB35B

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

BB35 USS Texas, 19th August 1942, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia

Order Code BB35C

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

BB35 USS Texas, 19th August 1942, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia

Order Code BB35D

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

USS Texas

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PUB125

USS Texas pictured c.1920 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PUB126

USS Texas - published 1915.  Sent in by Alan Jefferson