USS North Carolina BB-55.   USS North Carolina (BB-55) was the lead ship of North Carolina-class battleships and the fourth warship in the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the State of North Carolina. She 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 highly decorated American battleship of World War II. She is now a museum…

USS North Carolina BB-55. USS North Carolina (BB-55) was the lead ship of North Carolina-class battleships and the fourth warship in the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the State of North Carolina. She 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 highly decorated American battleship of World War II. She is now a museum…

When the small task force in charge of protecting Gen. MacArthur’s rearguard found itself surprised by the Japanese Center Force in Leyte Gulf on Oct. 23, 1944, they didn’t expect to win. Twenty-seven Japanese warships — including the largest battleship ever made, the fearsome Yamato — bore down on Taffy 3 U.S. Task Force to blast landed U.S. troop like sitting ducks.  The U.S., who didn’t expect the enemy to appear on the horizon, left land forces protected only by planes with depth charges…

When the small task force in charge of protecting Gen. MacArthur’s rearguard found itself surprised by the Japanese Center Force in Leyte Gulf on Oct. 23, 1944, they didn’t expect to win. Twenty-seven Japanese warships — including the largest battleship ever made, the fearsome Yamato — bore down on Taffy 3 U.S. Task Force to blast landed U.S. troop like sitting ducks. The U.S., who didn’t expect the enemy to appear on the horizon, left land forces protected only by planes with depth charges…

Japanese battleship Yamato under aerial attack. The battleship was the largest ever built at 73000 tons and carried 18 inch guns but at the time of its sinking it was part of a suicide fleet and on a suicide mission where the entire fleet was to run up on the beach and all the sailors were to attack American Marines on Okinawa. The fleet never even got close to its objective and was destroyed.

Japanese battleship Yamato under aerial attack. The battleship was the largest ever built at 73000 tons and carried 18 inch guns but at the time of its sinking it was part of a suicide fleet and on a suicide mission where the entire fleet was to run up on the beach and all the sailors were to attack American Marines on Okinawa. The fleet never even got close to its objective and was destroyed.

Don Rickles (1926- ) Seaman 1st Class USN 1941-46 WW II. Enlisted in the Navy after high school graduation. Served on the USS Cyrene, a torpedo boat tender, in the Pacific.  Stand-up comic and actor in more than two dozen films but best remembered as an “insult” comic, frequent guest on the Johnny Carson Show, and in title role of TV’s “C.P.O. Sharkey” (above photo) 1976-78.

Don Rickles (1926- ) Seaman 1st Class USN 1941-46 WW II. Enlisted in the Navy after high school graduation. Served on the USS Cyrene, a torpedo boat tender, in the Pacific. Stand-up comic and actor in more than two dozen films but best remembered as an “insult” comic, frequent guest on the Johnny Carson Show, and in title role of TV’s “C.P.O. Sharkey” (above photo) 1976-78.

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41) and battleship USS Iowa, (BB-61) in Persian Gulf on December 1987.

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41) and battleship USS Iowa, (BB-61) in Persian Gulf on December 1987.

Battleships at anchor on battleship row in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. USS Nevada  USS Oklahoma * USS Pennsylvania  USS Arizona * USS Tennessee USS California * USS Maryland USS West Virginia * *Sunk or destroyed

Battleships at anchor on battleship row in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. USS Nevada USS Oklahoma * USS Pennsylvania USS Arizona * USS Tennessee USS California * USS Maryland USS West Virginia * *Sunk or destroyed

KSM Bismarck - Corazzata - Dislocamento a vuoto: 41.700 t (di cui il 40% dedicato alle corazze) a pieno carico: 50.900 t Lunghezza sulla linea di galleggiamento: 241 m complessivo: 251 m Larghezza 36 m Pescaggio standard: 8,7 m a pieno carico: 10,2 m Propulsione 3 caldaie a coppie modello Wagner, 3 assi d'elica (140.000 HP di progetto, 150.170 HP effettivi) Velocità 30.5 nodi Autonomia 17.200 km a 16 nodi Equipaggio 2.100 (103 ufficiali)

KSM Bismarck - Corazzata - Dislocamento a vuoto: 41.700 t (di cui il 40% dedicato alle corazze) a pieno carico: 50.900 t Lunghezza sulla linea di galleggiamento: 241 m complessivo: 251 m Larghezza 36 m Pescaggio standard: 8,7 m a pieno carico: 10,2 m Propulsione 3 caldaie a coppie modello Wagner, 3 assi d'elica (140.000 HP di progetto, 150.170 HP effettivi) Velocità 30.5 nodi Autonomia 17.200 km a 16 nodi Equipaggio 2.100 (103 ufficiali)

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