USS Arizona


USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania class battleship laid down at Brooklyn Navy Yard in March 1914 for US Navy. She was launched in June 1915 and commissioned in October 1916. She never participated in any operations during The Great War, and was sent to the Mediterranean in 1919 and then transferred to the Pacific Fleet in California. In 1929-1930 she was modernized and in 1940 the whole fleet was transferred to Pearl Harbor. Under the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 7. December 1941, she laid at Battleship Row and was hit by a bomb in one of her powder magazines. A fierce  explosion literally tore the mighty battleship apart. She sank partly submerged and was on fire for two whole days. 1177 men lost their lives on the Arizona. The super structure and main gun turrets were later removed, and today the battered hulk rest on a depth of twelve meters. Also see the battleship USS Utah.

Former names:
USS Arizona
BB 39
608,0 x 106,3 x 33,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
34204 displ ( std )
New York ( US ) 1915
Pearl Harbor ( US )

Picture: USS Arizona in New York, 1916
Courtesy of US Navy, Public domain

Wanna know more? Visit the Arizona Memorial

Last updated: December 2020