||The History of the USS
| Arizona was admitted into the
Union 14 February 1912 as the 48th state.
ARIZONA (BB-39), third ship of this name, was launched 19 June
1915 by New York Navy Yard; sponsored by Miss Esther Ross; and
commissioned 17 October 1916, Captain J.D. McDonald in command.
ARIZONA joined the Atlantic Fleet following her shakedown
cruise. She spent World War I undergoing training in Chesapeake Bay. On
18 November 1918 she sailed from Hapton Roads, VA., to join the Naval
Forces in British waters. On 12 December 1918 she departed Portsmouth,
England, to assidt in escorting the U.S.S. George Washington, carrying
President Woodrow Wilson, to Brest, France. Later in the month ARIZONA
returned to the United States.
Except for a voyage to the Mediterranean (April-July 1919), she
cruised along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean with the Atlantic
Fleet until 1929 when she reported to Norfolk Navy Yard for
modernization. Following the completion of her modernization in 1931,
ARIZONA carried President Herbert Hoover on a cruise to the West Indies
and then rejoined the Pacific Fleet. She was attached to the Pacific
Fleet throughout the remainder of her service. During the Japanese
attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, ARIZONA took hits from eight
bombs and reported one torpedo. (See
Torpedo Theory). One of the bombs
penetrated a powder magazine and the resultant explosion completely
wrecked her. ARIZONA suffered the loss of 1104 personnel. The ship still
remains submerged at Pearl Harbor; a memorial to the valiant dead still
on board her.
Rear Admiral I.C. Kidd and Captain F. Van Valkenburgh,
respectively, were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for
courageously discharging their duties while on board ARIZONA; and
Lieutenant Commander S.G. Fugua, the senior surviving officer on board,
was also a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
ARIZONA received one battle star.
STATISTICS: BB-39: dp. 32,6000; 1.608'0"; b. 106'3"; dro. 27'7";
s. 21k; cpl. 1358; a. 12 14", 20 5"; acft. 3; cl. PENNSYLVANIA.
1916 through 1929
||16 March 1914
||June 19, 1915
||October 17, 1916
||November 10, 1916
||New York Navy Yard,
||21 knots, full load.
HULL AND MACHINERY
1931 THROUGH 1941
Modernization Norfolk, Virginia
Reconstruction began 29 July 1929
||608' overall length
|Torpedo Blisters Added
||37,654 tons, full load/trial
||12-14 in 45 calibre rifles
12- 5" 51 calibre Broadside guns
8- 5" 25 calibre anti-aircraft guns
4- 3 pounder saluting guns
4- 1 pounder sub-caliber guns
8- .50 calibre anti-aircraft machine guns
1941/4,630 tons capacity
||14" belt (amid, 8" belt
3" deck (ends), 18" .9' Turrets
15"-9" Funnel Base
16" Conning Tower and Tube (total 8,072 tons)
6" Deck, Amidships
||One on number 3 turret
One quarter deck
||3- 19,585 lbs. ea.
One Starboard bow (right)
Two Port bow (left)
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