#ThrowbackThursday: USS North Carolina (BB 55) Commissioned

USS North Carolina (BB 55), as seen on the deck of the battleship during commissioning ceremonies, 9 April 1941. NHHC Photograph Collection, NR& L File, Ships

USS North Carolina (BB 55), as seen on the deck of the battleship during commissioning ceremonies, 9 April 1941. NHHC Photograph Collection, NR& L File, Ships

On April 9, 1941, USS North Carolina (BB-55) was commissioned. Some of the notable battles she participated in were the Guadalcanal Campaign, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Battle of Philippine Sea, and provided gunfire support during the Iwo Jima invasion. Decommissioned in 1947, North Carolina was part of the reserve fleet until becoming a museum ship in 1961 at Wilmington, North Carolina.

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USS North Carolina (BB-55). Photographed during her shakedown cruise, May 1941. The battleship is framed by an escorting destroyer’s deck, 5″/38 gun barrel and a crewman. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-K-13972(Color).

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USS North Carolina (BB-55). View looking aft from the battleship’s bow, showing her forward superstructure and 16″/45 guns. Photographed during her maiden voyage, circa May 1941. Note Measure 1 camouflage paint, CXAM-1 radar antenna, anchor chains and deck planking. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-K-13971 (Color)

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USS North Carolina (BB-55). At sea during her shakedown cruise, circa April-May 1941. Note what appears to be false-bow-wave camouflage forward, possibly the result of wave action on her new paint. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Maher Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph, NH 83074.

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USS North Carolina (BB-55). Pitching in heavy seas while screening Task Force 38.3 off the Philippines, 12 December 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-301356.

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USS North Carolina (BB 55), (left to right), Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox; Rear Admiral Adolphus Andrews; Governor J. M. Broughton of North Carolina and Admiral Harold B. Stark. Barely visible in the left background is Mayor F.E. Laguardia of New York. Photographed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during commissioning ceremonies for the battleship, 9 April 1941. . NHHC Photograph Collection, NR& L File, Ships.

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USS North Carolina (BB 55), as seen on the deck of the battleship during commissioning ceremonies, 9 April 1941. NHHC Photograph Collection, NR& L File, Ships

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USS North Carolina (BB-55). Fires her after 16″/45 guns in June 1941, during her shakedown cruise. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-K-13511 (Color).

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USS North Carolina (BB 55), as seen on the deck of the battleship during commissioning ceremonies, 9 April 1941. NHHC Photograph Collection, NR& L File, Ships

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USS North Carolina (BB-55). Underway at sea during the Gilberts Operation, circa November 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-K-101 (Color).

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USS North Carolina (BB-55). Philatelic cover from commissioning day. Photographed by Museum Technician Mr. Bill Hill. NHHC Curator Branch, Materials. Accession# 65-380-H.

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USS North Carolina (BB-55). Anchored off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, 24 September 1944. She is painted in what may be a variant of Camouflage Measure 32, Design 18D. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 104850.

On the Web: More about the USS North Carolina

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