US battle line steaming into position to bombard Kamaishi steelworks on mainland Japan. Photo taken from USS South Dakota (BB-57). Battleships USS Indiana (BB-58), USS Massachusetts (BB-59) and heavy cruisers USS Chicago (CA-136) and USS Quincy (CA-71) follow behind, 14 July 1945.
USS Massachusetts (BB-2) was an Indiana-class battleship that saw service with the US Navy. Entering service in 1896, USS Massachusetts (BB-2) took part in the Spanish-American War. USS Massachusetts operated as a training ship during World War I and later was scuttled off Pensacola, FL.
The surviving members of the USS Massachusetts pose for photos at their 68th reunion on board the ship - http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/the-surviving-members-of-the-uss-massachusetts-pose-for-photos-at-their-68th-reunion-on-board-the-ship.html
[Photo] Aerial view of US battleship Massachusetts, 1943; note OS2U Kingfisher float planes on the fantail catapults
The battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59) under way sometime in 1943. This angle reveals the immensity of the ship and the abundance of her secondary armament. In her day, just like her sisters, she was a floating fortress that feared no emeny.