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BB-44 USS CALIFORNIA
1943 - 1945

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Foxtrot - Tango

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1916 - 1919 Construction - Launching
1920 - July 1921
Fitting Out

August - December 1921 Commissioning / Shakedown
1922 - Scenes from the Ship's Welfare Fund
1923 - 1927
1928 - 1941
Pearl Harbor - 1942
1946 - 1959


Tennessee Class Battleship: Displacement 32,300 Tons, Dimensions, 624' (oa) x 97' 4" x 31' (Max). Armament 12 x 14"/50 14 x 5"/51, 4 x 3"/50AA 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Turrets, 3 1/2" +1 1/2" Decks, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 28,500 SHP; Turbines with electric drive, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1083.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Mare Island Naval Ship Yard, October 25, 1916. Launched November 20, 1919. Commissioned August 10, 1921. Decommissioned February 14, 1947. Stricken March 1, 1959.
Fate: Sold July 1, 1959 and broken up for scrap.

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BB-44 California116kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 16D intended for battleships of the Tennessee class (BB-43 /44) .
This plan, dated 20 December 1943, shows the ship's starboard side, superstructure ends and exposed decks. It was approved by Captain Henry A. Ingram, USN. California (BB-44) is known to have worn this camouflage design.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-162038, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-44 California77kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 16D intended for battleships of the Tennessee class (BB-43 /44) .
This plan, dated 20 December 1943, shows the ship's port side. It was approved by Captain Henry A. Ingram, USN. California (BB-44) is known to have worn this camouflage design.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-162039, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-44 California332kView of California's (BB-44) radar antennas from elevated view of port bow while in Puget Sound Navy Yard, 10 January 1944. U.S. Navy Photograph & text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-44 California1.06kCalifornia (BB-44) revamped.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 10/05/14.
BB-44 California865kCalifornia's (BB-44) new 5".US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 10/05/14.
BB-44 California367kView of California's (BB-44) radar antennas in Puget Sound Navy Yard, 10 January 1944. U.S. Navy Photograph & text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-44 California513kSeries of 6 photos taken from various angles at Puget Sound, 18 January 1944 wearing measure 32/16D camouflage. Broadside view, port side. Bureau of Ships photo # 59019 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-44 California418kBroadside view, starboard side.Bureau of Ships photos # 59080 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-44 California544kBow view, starboard side. Bureau of Ships photos # 64081 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-44 California401kAft view, starboard side. Bureau of Ships photos # 59082 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-44 California593kHead on view. Bureau of Ships photos # 59083 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-44 California401kView directly astern. Bureau of Ships photos # 59084 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 68kIndiana (BB-58) at Pearl Harbor on 13 February 1944, showing damage to her starboard side received in collision with Washington (BB-56) on 1 February 1944. Tug YT-471 is assisting. Note the "cage" mast mounted ashore in the left distance. It was removed from California (BB-44) while she was being salvaged following the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 92883, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-44 California90kClose up of the damage from her collision with her sister Tennessee (BB-43). On 24 August 1944, she arrived at Espiritu Santo for repairs to her port bow damaged in a collision with Tennessee . USN photo.
BB-44 California274k August 1944-Damage. U.S. Navy Photograph & text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-44 California180kPhoto taken 8 September 1944 as repairs to the ship near completion. Scaffolding along the port side of the ship shows the damaged area. The ship is docked in Floating Dry-dock ABSD-1 at Espiritu Santo.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-44 California245k California (BB-44) in September 1944 with a relatively simple electronic suit.U.S. Navy Photograph & text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-44 California298k1945 photo of the California (BB-44) in her final configuration. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-44 California114k A line drawing by A.L. Raven of the California (BB-44) in 1945. USN photo.
BB-44 California43k The California (BB-44) undergoing a kamakaize attack on 6 January 1945. Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-44 California30kDamage from a kamakaize attack on the California (BB-44), 6 January 1945. Photo from WWII Damage Reports, courtesy of NavSea / dcfp.navy.mil.
BB-44 California118k Puget Sound Navy Yard, (Photo taken by Ship, January 1945) Damaged in action of 6 January 1945. Looking up & forward, from port after side of Mainmast Structure showing:
1, After Surface Lookout.
2, After Main Battery Director and Radar Antenna.
3, 5"/38 Battery Director & Radar Antenna.
Seattle NARA photo # 1494-45. Record Group 181, 13th Naval District, Records of the Naval District & Shore Establishments, Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-44 California234k Puget Sound Navy Yard, (Photo taken by Ship, January 1945) Damaged in action of 6 January 1945. Looking up & aft at forward side of Mainmast Structure. Seattle NARA photo # 1499-45. Record Group 181, 13th Naval District, Records of the Naval District & Shore Establishments, courtesy of Tracy White & Pieter Bakels.
BB-44 California711kStern view at 20 knots, taken at Puget Sound Navy Yard 20 April 1945. USN photo, BuShips # 83308, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-44 California585kTaken at Puget Sound Navy Yard 28 April 1945. Note that the California's (BB-44) union jack and national ensign are at half-staff for the recent death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. USN photo, BuShips # 82227 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-44 California545kStern view, starboard side taken at Puget Sound Navy Yard 28 April 1945. The barge alongside is YC-800.
The YC "Open Lighter" is a non-self-propelled steel barge designed to transport cargo in rivers, harbors or other protected waters. The craft is divided into watertight compartments. Access to these compartments is through manholes.
USN photo, BuShips # 2106-45, courtesy of David Buell. Barge text courtesy of peoships.crane.navy.
BB-44 California351kBow view, starboard side taken at Puget Sound Navy Yard 28 April 1945. Note that the California's (BB-44) union jack and national ensign are at half-staff for the recent death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. USN photo, BuShips # 2113-45, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-44 California82kPearl Harbor Veterans, the California (BB-44) Tennessee (BB-43) and Nevada (BB-36) steam out of Buckner Bay, Okinawa on 17 July 1945. All had been sunk or damaged during the attack on Pearl Harbor. USN photo.
BB-44 California83k Dated 29 July 1945. Close up of two quad 40mm Bofors mounts with their Mk.51 director visible in the foreground. USN photo.
BB-44 California361kAugust 1945. Note AS-56 on both yardarms and IR beacons, skipole IFF antennas on both sides of the foretop and fighting lights left and right of the Mk.8 radar.U.S. Navy Photograph & text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-44 California367kAugust 1945. Note SC-1 Seahawk, the SP fighter control set atop her mainmast, the TBS on the yardarms and the Nancy infrared beacons. Also note the Mk.34 antenna for GFCS. Mk.57 in front of her #4 Mk.37 director.U.S. Navy Photograph & text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.

USS CALIFORNIA BB-44 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Vincent Nonnon
Address: 23 Green Ave Valley Cottage, N.Y. 10989-1952
Phone: 845-268-7761
E-mail: prunebarge@verizon.net
Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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