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BB-48 USS WEST VIRGINIA
Reactivation / 1943 - 1945

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Delta - Golf

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Colorado Class Battleship: Displacement 32,600 Tons, Dimensions, 624' (oa) x 97' 4" x 31' 4" (Max). Armament 8 x 16"/45 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, 28,900 SHP; Turbines with Electric Drive, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1080.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA, April 12, 1920. Launched November 19, 1921. Commissioned December 1, 1923. Decommissioned January 9, 1947. Stricken March 1, 1959.
Fate: Sold August 2, 1959 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-48 West Virginia146kLine drawing of the West Virginia (BB-48) showing her configuration after her rebuild. Drawing courtesy of Jean Secardin. (Please contact him for permission to use any of his drawings) @perso.wanadoo.fr/ww2
BB-48 West Virginia126kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7D intended for battleships modernized from the BB-45 (Colorado) class. West Virginia (BB-48) wore this pattern. This plan, showing the ship's starboard side, superstructure ends, and exposed decks, is dated 18 March 1944 and was approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-109734, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia135kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7D intended for battleships modernized from the BB-45 (Colorado) class. West Virginia (BB-48) wore this pattern. This plan, showing the ship's port side, is dated 18 March 1944 and was approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-109733, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia52kBow view of the West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock.
Although it is not polite to call attention to a ladies' added weight, please note her bulges added for torpedo protection.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia58kBow view of the West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock at Puget Sound. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia58kStern view of the West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia41kStarboard stern view of the West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia61kLooking up from below at 32,600 tons of West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia69kOld Glory flutters from the stern of the West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia89kSignal flags lie across the deck of the West Virginia (BB-48) pierside at Puget Sound. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia64kThe West Virginia (BB-48) lies alongside the hammerhead crane pierside at Puget Sound. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia71kLooking down the length of the West Virginia (BB-48) decked anchor chain and her business end, pierside at Puget Sound. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia64kThe West Virginia (BB-48) plows through the Pacific. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia72kShowing final configuration after rebuild at Puget Sound Navy Yard, June 1944. Main batteries are all trained out to starboard.USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia31kStarboard view showing final configuration after rebuild at Puget Sound Navy Yard, June 1944. Superstructure styled after South Dakota class with single funnel fared into it. Bulges added for torpedo protection and 4 - 5" double secondary turrets also added.USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia28kPort side view showing final configuration after rebuild at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 2 July 1944. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7D. USN photo. Text i.d. courtesy of USNHC photo # 19-N-68375.
BB-48 West Virginia75kOff Puget Sound Navy Yard, July 1944, after rebuilding.USNHC # 19-N-68376, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia29kSeen in Puget Sound Navy Yard 2 July 1944 after an extensive overhaul which drastically altered her appearance. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7D. She now looks virtually identical to the Tennessee class. USN photo. Partial text courtesy of USNHC photo # 19-N-68374.
BB-48 West Virginia99k The Hatfields and McCoys. "Converted Mountaineers" on West Virginia (BB-48), 1944.USNHC photo # NH 89343.
BB-48 West Virginia90k"No Justice" issues a ruling at the "Royal Court" as "Justice" stands mute, during the trial of "polliwogs" in Equator crossing ceremonies for the battleship's crew, October 1944.USNHC photo # NH 89341.
BB-48 West Virginia99kLeyte Invasion, October 1944. Cony (DD-508) lays a smoke screen near West Virginia (BB-48), to protect shipping off Leyte from Japanese air attack, during the landings there on 20 October 1944. Note manned anti-aircraft batteries on board the battleship, including a Mark 51 director in the foreground, 20mm gun at left, 40mm quad gun mount in center and 5"/38 twin gun mounts beyond.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # 80-G-289679, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia129kIn floating drydock ABSD-1, off Aessi Island, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, on 13 November 1944. The battleship was docked for upkeep and repair to propellers damaged when she touched ground off Leyte on 21 October. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-314220, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia126kSame photo as #21, with West Virginia (BB-48) enlarged. 9 November 1944 photo of the ship entering floating dry-dock ABSD-1. She differed from the South Dakotas in the fact that she was conned from a location forward and beneath her main battery director and that her forward surface lookouts were stationed atop the flag bridge just below her conn.USNHC # 80-G-314220, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia106kView from the water line of the West Virginia (BB-48) 9 November 1944 at floating dry-dock ABSD-1. Photo added 02/06/08.
BB-48 West Virginia61k The West Virginia (BB-48) inboard profile, 1945. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-48 West Virginia106kThe West Virginia (BB-48) stands off to port with the support vessels of the invasion fleet. Photo added 02/06/08.
BB-48 West Virginia36kStanding out brightly in her camouflage paint scheme, the West Virginia (BB-48) guards the landing craft as they head toward the beaches, April, 1945 at Okinawa. #2 and #3 turrets are trained outward, ready to provide immediate covering fire, if necessary.USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia59k Landing craft and converted LCS(L)s pass the West Virginia (BB-48) as they head towards shore. The LCS(L)s have been converted to in shore support craft, being rearmed with 6 - 40mm guns and 10 rocket launchers.USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia48k 40mm gunners onboard the West Virginia (BB-48) aim at targets overhead above the invasion fleet off Okinawa.Susy Forbes / USNI.
BB-48 West Virginia208kSky watch aboard the West Virginia's (BB-48) in 1945.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia30k Damage from a kamakaize attack on the West Virginia (BB-48), April 1945.Photo from WWII Damage Reports, courtesy of NavSea / dcfp.navy.mil.
BB-48 West Virginia54k West Virginia (BB-48) anchored in Sagami Wan, Japan, outside Tokyo Bay, circa late August 1945. Mount Fuji is in the background.National Archives # NH 89362.
BB-48 West Virginia296kA painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci depicting the West Virginia (BB-48) anchored in Sagami Wan, Japan, outside Tokyo Bay, August 1945. Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com.
BB-48 West Virginia262k A painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled "Tokyo Bay Sunset". The drawing depicts the West Virginia (BB-48) at anchor at the base of Mt Fujiamia in Tokyo Bay, Sep. 1945. Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com.
BB-48 West Virginia17k Envelope labeled "Empire Occupation Forces - Japan", depicting the West Virginia (BB-48) anchored in Sagami Wan, Japan, outside Tokyo Bay, August 1945. Mount Fuji is in the background.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
BB-48 West Virginia267kTwelve page PDF article on the Navy Day Program for the battleship West Virginia (BB-48), in San Diego, CA on 27 October 1945.
In this photo, the West Virginia is anchored in Sagami Wan, Japan, outside Tokyo Bay, circa late August 1945. Mount Fuji is in the background.
Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-48 West Virginia98k A line drawing by A.L. Raven of the West Virginia (BB-48) in late 1945. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.

USS WEST VIRGINIA BB-48 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information
On Board Decmber 7 1941

Contact Name: Mike Mullins
Address: 275 Main St. Apt 406, Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (508) 335-6996
E-mail: usswestvirginia.org


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