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USS North Carolina (BB55) was the first newly constructed American battleship to enter service during World War II, and took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific Theater of Operations; her 15 battle stars made her the most decorated American battleship of World War II.

Hull laid down: 27 October 1937 at the New York Naval Shipyard
Launched: 13 June 1940
Commissioned: 9 April 1941, New York City
Main armament: Nine 16 in (410 mm)/45 caliber Mark 6 guns
Decommissioned: 27 June 1947
Nickname: Showboat (because so much attention was paid to her sea trials)

For everything you ever wanted to know about the USS North Carolina, the official ship museum website has it all:  http://www.battleshipnc.com/

Fitting out, April, 1941

 

Forward battery firing during August 1941 trials

 

After turret firing

 

Okinawa, 1945

 

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