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United States' Nevada class Battleships

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BB-36 USS Nevada's embarkation ladder:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada's embarkation ladder
US Naval Historical Center NH-104616
BB-36 USS Nevada launches secured to the boat boom:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada launches secured to the boat boom
US Naval Historical Center NH-104617
BB-36 USS Nevada during World War I at Brooklyn Navy Yard:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada during World War I at Brooklyn Navy Yard
Imperial War Museum Q-56148
BB-36 USS Nevada during World War I:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada during World War I
Imperial War Museum Q-68888
BB-36 USS Nevada during trials, 1916:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada during trials, 1916
US Naval Historical Center NH-45796

BB-36 USS Nevada at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with a Kite Balloon on March 1, 1919:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with a Kite Balloon on March 1, 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-45440

BB-36 USS Nevada's sick bay in 1919:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada's sick bay in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-104613
BB-36 USS Nevada's crew galley in 1919:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada's crew galley in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-104610

BB-36 USS Nevada's goat mascot in 1919:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada's goat mascot in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-104612
BB-36 USS Nevada, looking aft from bow in 1919:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada, looking aft from bow in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-104615

BB-36 USS Nevada's operating room in 1919:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada's operating room in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-104612
BB-36 USS Nevada looking aft in 1919:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada looking aft in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-104611

BB-36 USS Nevada's quarterdeck:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada's quarterdeck
US Naval Historical Center NH-104614
BB-36 USS Nevada and BB-37 USS Oklahoma in the 1920s:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada and BB-37 USS Oklahoma in the 1920s
US Naval Historical Center NH-50109
BB-36 USS Nevada's crew undergoing an exercise with the 5" casement gun in 1921:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada's crew undergoing an exercise with the 5" casement gun in 1921
US Naval Historical Center NH-93414
BB-36 USS Nevada in the 1930s:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada in the 1930s
US Navy photo NH-97395
BB-36 USS Nevada in Dry Dock #1 at Pearl Harbor in 1935:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada in Dry Dock #1 at Pearl Harbor in 1935
US Naval Historical Center NH-50102
BB-36 USS Nevada at end of Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada at end of Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
US Navy photo G-32445

BB-36 USS Nevada headed down channel on December 7, 1941:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada headed down channel on December 7, 1941
US Navy photo 80-G-32443

BB-36 USS Nevada off Utah Beach on June 6, 1944:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada off Utah Beach on June 6, 1944
US Navy photo 80-G-252412

BB-36 USS Nevada off Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada off Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945
US Navy photo G-K-3510
BB-36 USS Nevada beached on December 7, 1941:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada beached on December 7, 1941
US Navy photo 80-G-19940

BB-36 USS Nevada on fire on December 7, 1941:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada on fire on December 7, 1941
US Navy photo 80-G-32894

BB-36 USS Nevada and BB-35 USS Texas on May 14, 1944:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada and BB-35 USS Texas on May 14, 1944
US Navy photo 80-G-367897

BB-36 USS Nevada off Okinawa sometime between March and May 1945:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada off Okinawa sometime between March and May 1945
US Navy photo NH-104834
BB-36 USS Nevada getting underway during Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada getting underway during Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
US Navy photo NH-97397

BB-36 USS Nevada's bow is pointed up channel on December 7, 1941:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada's bow is pointed up channel on December 7, 1941
US Navy photo 80-G-32457

BB-36 USS Nevada from a blimp taken off the United States' Atlantic coast on September 17, 1944:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada from a blimp taken off the United States' Atlantic coast on September 17, 1944
US Navy photo 80-G-282709
BB-36 USS Nevada headed down channel on December 7, 1941:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada headed down channel on December 7, 1941
US Navy photo NH-97396

BB-36 USS Nevada firing off Utah Beach on June 6, 1944:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada firing off Utah Beach on June 6, 1944
US Navy photo 80-G-231961

BB-36 USS Nevada off southern France in 1944:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada off southern France in 1944
Imperial War Museum A-25224
BB-37 USS Oklahoma during the First World War:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma during the First World War
Imperial War Museum Q-66283
BB-37 USS Oklahoma during the First World War:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma during the First World War
Imperial War Museum Q-66283
BB-37 USS Oklahoma during the First World War:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma during the First World War
Imperial War Museum Q-66283
BB-37 USS Oklahoma's crew is cleaning the main guns in 1916:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma's crew is cleaning the main guns in 1916
US Naval Historical Center NH-44422

BB-37 USS Oklahoma's crew compartment in 1919:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma's crew compartment in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-105738

BB-37 USS Oklahoma looking forward in 1919:

US Naval Historical Center NH-105736

BB-37 USS Oklahoma's sick bay in 1919:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma's sick bay in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-105740
BB-37 USS Oklahoma during trials in 1916:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma during trials in 1916
US Naval Historical Center NH-105733

BB-37 USS Oklahoma's crew galley in 1919:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma's crew galley in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-105737

BB-37 USS Oklahoma looking forward in 1919:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma looking forward in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-105742
BB-37 USS Oklahoma sporting an experimental camouflage pattern in 1917:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma sporting an experimental camouflage pattern in 1917
US Naval Historical Center NH-44401

BB-37 USS Oklahoma looking aft:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma looking aft
US Naval Historical Center NH-105735

BB-37 USS Oklahoma's Officer's Ward Room in 1919:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma's Officer's Ward Room in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-105734
BB-37 USS Oklahoma at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on April 7, 1919:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on April 7, 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-105064

BB-37 USS Oklahoma looking aft in 1919:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma looking aft in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-105741

BB-37 USS Oklahoma's operating room in 1919:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma's operating room in 1919
US Naval Historical Center NH-105739
BB-37 USS Oklahoma at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on January 1, 1920:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on January 1, 1920
US Naval Historical Center NH-44462
BB-37 USS Oklahoma with the BB-36 USS Nevada during exercises in the 1920s:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma with the BB-36 USS Nevada during exercises in the 1920s
US Navy Photo 80-G-1023157
BB-37 USS Oklahoma undergoing modernization at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1928:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma undergoing modernization at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1928
US Naval Historical Center NH-74634
BB-37 USS Oklahoma at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on August 21, 1929:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on August 21, 1929
US Naval Historical Center NH-50137
BB-37 USS Oklahoma passing Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay in the 1930s:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma passing Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay in the 1930s
US Naval Historical Center NH-84546
BB-37 USS Oklahoma assisting Spanish Civil War refugees at Bilboa, Spain in August 1936:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma assisting Spanish Civil War refugees at Bilboa, Spain in August 1936
US Naval Historical Center NH-50969
BB-37 USS Oklahoma in 1940:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma in 1940
US Naval Historical Center NH-77076
BB-37 USS Oklahoma capsized after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma capsized after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
US Navy Photo 80-G-19941
BB-37 USS Oklahoma being rotated upright on March 8, 1943:
United States' BB-37 USS Oklahoma being rotated upright on March 8, 1943
US Naval Historical Center NH-63916

Design

Aircraft

There were two catapults on the Oklahoma class.

Engines

Initially the Nevada class had oil burners.

Ships

BB-36 USS Nevada

  • Manufacturer: Bethlehem at Quincy, Fore River Company
  • July 11, 1914: Launched.
  • March 1916: Commissioned
  • 1927 - 1929: Rebuilt. Tripods replaced cagemasts. Secondary armament was raised up a deck.
  • December 7, 1941: Beached during attack at Pearl Harbor.
  • December 1942: Recommissioned. Masts removed and smaller foremast installed. Superstructure was rearranged. Sixteen 5" L/38 and 32 40 mm guns installed.
  • Attu.
  • June 6, 1944: Normandy.
  • Southern France.
  • February 1945: Iwo Jima.
  • March 26, 1945: Hit by kamikaze.
  • March - April 1945: Okinawa.

BB-37 USS Oklahoma

  • Manufacturer: New York Shipbuilding
  • March 23, 1914: Launched.
  • 1927 - 1929: Rebuilt. Tripods replaced cagemasts. Secondary armament was raised up a deck.
  • December 7, 1941: Sunk at Pearl Harbor.
  • 1944: Raised.
  • May 17, 1947: Sunk on way to shipbreakers.

Usage

Pearl Harbor

The Nevada was torpedoed but was able to get underway. She beached herself so she wouldn't sink in the channel.

Specifications

  Nevada Class
Crew 1,301
Displacement 27,500 tons, 29,000 tons
Displacement - Loaded  
Physical Characteristics  
Length 573', 583'
177.7 m
Length - Water Line 565', 575'
175.26 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars  
Beam 107' 11" 108'
32.91 m
Draft / Height 27' 6"
Draft / Height - Full Load 29' 8", 32' 6"
9.04 m
Performance  
Speed 20.5 knots
Range 4,000 nautical miles
Range at 10 knots 10,000 nautical miles
Armament 14" twin mounts: 2
14" L/45: 10
14" triple mounts: 2
5": 12
5" L/51: 12
Anti-Aircraft 5: 12
5" L/25: 12
40 mm, 6 pdr: 4
Machine Guns: 8
Aircraft 3
Armor  
Belt 13.5"
Turrets 18"
Engines  
Boilers Bureau Express: 6
Shafts 2
Turbines Geared
Parsons
HP 25,000, 26,500
Oil 2,000 tons
  USS Nevada
Crew 1,374
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Anti-Aircraft - 1945 40 mm quad mounts: 10
20 mm twin mounts: 20
20 mm: 5
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  USS Oklahoma
Crew  
Displacement 29,067 tons
Displacement - Loaded 31,706 tons
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Sources:

  1. US Warships of World War 2, Paul H. Silverstone, 1965
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
  3. Janes' Fighting Ships of World War II, 1989
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