USS West Virginia

(GPM)

It was a Colorado-class battleship, was the second United States Navy ship named in honor of the country's 35th state.

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GPM-SW-0060

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  • Type: battleship
  • Historical period: World War II, 1941
  • Country: USA
  • Scale: 1:200
  • Number of sheets: 43 sheets A3

Historical information

USS West Virginia (BB-48), a Colorado-class battleship, was the second United States Navy ship named in honor of the country's 35th state. Her first captain was Thomas J. Senn. After her shakedown and crew training were finished, she was overhauled at Hampton Roads and later ran aground in Lynnhaven Channel.

After her repairs she participated in exercises and engineering and gunnery courses, winning four medals in the latter. She participated in other fleet tactical development operations until 1939. In 1940 she was transferred to Pearl Harbor to guard against potential Japanese attack, and was sunk by six torpedoes and two bombs during the attack on Pearl Harbor. On 17 May 1942, she was salvaged from the seabed by draining the water from her hull.

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