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BB-36 USS NEVADA
Post War - 1948 Sinking

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Delta - Kilo

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Nevada Class Battleship: Displacement 27,500 Tons, Dimensions, 583' (oa) x 95' 3" x 29' 7" (Max). Armament 10 x 14"/45 21 x 5"/51, 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Triple Turrets, 16" Dual turrets, 3" Second (armor) Deck, 2 1/2" Third (splinter) Deck 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws. Speed, 20.5 Knots, Crew 864.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Fore River, Shipbuilding, Quincy, MA., November 4, 1912. Launched July 11, 1914. Commissioned March 11, 1916. Decommissioned August 29, 1946. Stricken August 12, 1948.
Fate: Target During Atomic Bomb Tests, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Sunk, off Oahu, July 31 1948, by Gunfire from Iowa BB-61 and 3 Heavy Cruisers.
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BB-36 Nevada192kCrew picture of the Nevada (BB-36), 28 October 1945 at Pearl Harbor.USN photo courtesy of Gary Saxon.
BB-36 Nevada182k Bow on view of the Nevada (BB-36) in Dry Dock # 1, on 2 December 1945.USN photo courtesy of Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR RET.
BB-36 Nevada113kStern view of the Nevada (BB-36) taken 8 July 1946.Photographer: Bob Landry, courtesy of time.com. via / images.google.com & Life. Photo added 11/24/08.
BB-36 Nevada118kView of damage done to ship by atomic bomb test. at Bikini, Marshall Islands, July 1946. Photographer: Bob Landry, courtesy of time.com. via / images.google.com & Life. Photo added 11/24/08.
BB-36 Nevada121kOperation Crossroads, Joint Task Force One, Bikini Atoll Able Day "Plus 1". The orange warship is Nevada (BB-36). USN photo courtesy of Brian Kroenung.
BB-36 Nevada52k"Evacuation of the Fleet" by Arthur Beaumont. Selected as ground zero for test ABLE, Nevada (BB-36) was painted bright orange to assist the B-29 bomber crew find their aim point. Although the old battleship survived both bombs, extensive contamination from test BAKER led to her destruction by gunfire and aerial torpedoes in an exercise off Hawaii on 31 July 1948. The view is from the bridge of Arkansas (BB-33), during final test preparations and the evacuation of people and the support fleet from Bikini lagoon. #1 Watercolor, 1946. Gift of the artist.
NHC # 88-169-A, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-36 Nevada55kOperation Crossroads, Joint Task Force One, Bikini Atoll Able Day "Plus 1" by Grant Powers. Panoramic view of the fleet after test ABLE sketched from the bridge of Arkansas (BB-33). The ship in the middle is the scorched Nevada (BB-36), with Nagato behind and Sakawa sinking in the foreground. #2 Watercolor, 1946. Gift of the artist.
NHC # 88-169-B, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-36 Nevada55k"Japanese Cruiser Sakawa Sinking" by Arthur Beaumont, #3 Watercolor, 1946. The former Japanese cruiser Sakawa sank in frothy green waters the day after test ABLE. Damaged battleships Nevada (BB-36) and Nagato are in the background. # 3 Watercolor, 1946. Gift of the artist.
NHC # 88-169-C, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-36 Nevada44kOperation Crossroads, Joint Task Force One, Bikini Atoll Able Day "Plus 2 Seconds" by Grant Powers. The fireball surrounded by bomb debris and water vapor begins to rise into the sky. At the same time, the blast wave moves out from the bottom at 180 mph. The orange warship on the left is Nevada (BB-36). #9 Watercolor, 1946. Gift of the artist.
NHC # 88-181-I, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-36 Nevada75k31 July 1948 photo of the Nevada (BB-36) succumbing to naval gunfire and aerial torpedoes off Hawaii. The Nevada was the target ship for the first Bikini Atomic tests and survived that and the under water explosion as well. She underwent radiation studies after that and was used as a target when those studies were complete.USN photo.

Additional Nevada Images
1 General View Of Nevada From The Library Of Congress Server.

USS NEVADA BB-36 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Position open
Address: 153 Cecil Avenue, PO Box 216, Owingsville, KY,40360
Phone: 606-674-2125
E-mail: Kevin Stewart


Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
HyperWar Pacific Theater of Operations.

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