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“ USS Tennessee (BB-43) targeting Japanese fortifications on Okinawa in support of the invasion

“ USS Tennessee targeting Japanese fortifications on Okinawa in support of the invasion

Tennessee bombarding Okinawa with her 14"/50 main battery guns, as LVTs in the foreground carry troops to the invasion beaches, 1 April 1945.

Modernised dreadnought USS Tennessee providing 14 in cover to the Okinawa landings in April

USS Tennessee (BB 43) firing her main battery. Note the massive volume of smoke. The reason visibility during naval gun battles degraded so rapidly is starkly evident.

USS Tennessee (BB firing her main battery. Note the massive volume of smoke. The reason visibility during naval gun battles degraded so rapidly is starkly evident.

14 in battleship USS Tennessee, name ship of her class, entering San Pedro Bay in June 1942.  As modernised she was too broad to transit the Panama Canal, effectively limiting her to the Paccific theatre.

USS Tennessee (BB-43) entering San Pedro Harbor showing the addition of two quadruple 1.1"/75 caliber A.A. mounts in place on the main deck just forward of #3 turret. June 1942 [2224x2835]

14 in battleship USS Tennessee, name ship of her class, entering San Pedro Bay in June As modernised she was too broad to transit the Panama Canal, effectively limiting her to the Pacific theatre.

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USS Tennessee Underway in Puget Sound, Washington, on 12 May after modernization. Note the greatly increased beam that was one element of this work. Tennessee provided gunfire support for the Saipan invasion.

USS Tennessee bombards Okinawa with her 14"/50 main battery, as LVTs carry troops to the invasion beaches. 1 April 1945.

USS Tennessee bombarding Okinawa with her main battery guns, as LVTs in the foreground carry troops to the invasion beaches, 1 April (NH - War History Online

USS Tennessee as constructed in 1918 - very little other than her main turrets remains recognisable in her 1944 guise (see nearby).

USS Tennessee Overhead view showing the graceful hull lines of "The Big Five" battleships of the Tennessee and Colorado classes.

BB-48 USS West Virginia - Colorado-class battleship

Identified as USS West Virginia this is probably USS Maryland due to the presence of the armored range finder atop turret

"USS WYOMING" (BB-32) was a (562') Wyoming Class Dreadnought Battleship - Commissioned: 25 September 1912 - Crew: 1,063 Officers, Enlisted - Armament: 12 x 12 Inch (305mm) Mk.7 Guns (6 Twin Turrets) 21 x 5 Inch (127mm) Guns, 4 x 47mm Saluting Guns and 2 x 21 Inch (533mm) Submerged Torpedo Tubes - Decommissioned: 1 August 1947 - Scrapped: 30 October 1947

USN - "USS WYOMING" Was a Wyoming Class Dreadnought Battleship (One of Two) Commissioned: 25 September 1912 - Compliment: Officers and Enlisted Men - Armament: Decommissioned: 1 August 1947 - Scrapped: 30 October 1947

USS Colorado (BB-45) - Class and type: Colorado-class battleship Displacement: 32,100 long tons (32,600 t) (unloaded) Length: 624 ft 3 in (190.27 m) Beam: 97.5 ft (29.7 m) Draft: 38 ft (12 m) Speed: 21 kn (24 mph; 39 km/h) Armament: 8 × 16 in (406 mm)/45 cal guns 14 × 5 in (127 mm) guns 4 × 3 in (76 mm) guns 2 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes Armor: Belt: 8–13.5 in (203–343 mm) Barbettes: 13 in (330 mm) Turret face: 18 in (457 mm) Turret sides: 9–10 in (229–254 mm) Turret top: 5 in (127 mm)…

USS Colorado (BB-45) - Class and type: Colorado-class battleship Displacement: 32,100 long tons (32,600 t) (unloaded) Length: 624 ft 3 in (190.27 m) Beam: 97.5 ft (29.7 m) Draft: 38 ft (12 m) Speed: 21 kn (24 mph; 39 km/h) Armament: 8 × 16 in (406 mm)/45 cal guns 14 × 5 in (127 mm) guns 4 × 3 in (76 mm) guns 2 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes Armor: Belt: 8–13.5 in (203–343 mm) Barbettes: 13 in (330 mm) Turret face: 18 in (457 mm) Turret sides: 9–10 in (229–254 mm) Turret top: 5 in (127 mm)…

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