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BB-55 USS NORTH CAROLINA
1962 - Present

Radio Call Sign: November - India - Bravo - Kilo

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Keel Laying - Commissioning; 1937 - March 1941
Shakedown Cruise & Fitting Out; April 1941 - May 1942
June 1942 - 1943
1944 - 1945
Postwar - 1961


North Carolina Class Battleship: Displacement 35,000 Tons, Dimensions, 728' 9" (oa) x 108' 4" x 35' 6" (Max). Armament 9 x 16"/45 20 x 5"/38AA, 16 x 1.1" 12 x 0.5", 3 AC. Armor, 12" Belt, 16" Turrets, 1 1/2" Main Deck, +5 1/2" Armored (2nd) deck, +3/4" Third Deck, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 115,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 27 Knots, Crew 1880.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Navy Yard, October 27, 1937. Launched June 13, 1940. Commissioned April 9, 1941. Decommissioned June 27, 1947. Stricken June 1, 1960.
Fate: Perserved as Memorial in Wilmington North Carolina, September 6, 1961.

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BB-55 North Carolina246kA port quarter view of the battleship North Carolina (BB-55) on 9 Oct 1988. USN photo # DN-ST-89-00322, by Don S. Montgomery, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-55 North Carolina212k A port bow view of the battleship North Carolina (BB-55) on 9 Oct 1988.USN photo # DN-ST-89-00321, by Don S. Montgomery, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
World War II Memorial371kA quote made by Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz is inscribed on a granite wall at the National World War II Memorial located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Fleet Adm. Nimitz was the United States signatory to the surrender terms aboard the battleship Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, Japan on 2 Sept. 1945, thus ending World War II. Established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the memorial honors all military veterans of World War II, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms. On 29 May 2004, the memorial will be formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars. U.S. Navy photo # N-0295M-011 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-55 North Carolina64kBridge of the North Carolina (BB-55), 1994. Courtesy of John Hummel.
BB-55 North Carolina168kThe following 10 photos were taken by Robert Hall during a visit to the North Carolina (BB-55), Spring 2004. The first photo features the Barber shop. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina106kSteam turbine and main gear reduction. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina99kCobbler shop. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina114kOfficr's ward room. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina200k Pipe identification markings. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina101k Plotting room. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina83k Powder magazine. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina80k Print shop. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina91k Throttle board.Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina254k Diary excerpts. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
(NISMF)376kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 Dec 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-55 North Carolina124kGun Director Mk.40 aboard North Carolina (BB-55) in 1993. Note periscope Mk.32,the target bearing transmitter and target designator above the training gear drive.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina185kKingfisher aircraft & crane. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina192k Picture taken of the North Carolina's (BB-55) Combat Information Center (CIC), October 2003. In this picture you can see from right to left the SG radar, VF Radar repeater, and VC Radar repeater. Courtesy of Joe Hood, USS North Carolina Living History Crew (LHC).
BB-55 North Carolina188k Picture taken of the North Carolina's (BB-55) Combat Information Center (CIC), October 2003. In this picture you can see the Vertical Plot, center of the picture, with status boards left and right. In front from right to left is the CIC's horizontal plot, VG Radar repeater, and DRT.Courtesy of Joe Hood, USS North Carolina Living History Crew (LHC).
BB-55 North Carolina198k A control panel in one of North Carolina's (BB-55) four engine rooms, August 2004.Courtesy of Joe Hood, USS North Carolina Living History Crew (LHC).
BB-55 North Carolina229k North Carolina (BB-55) after 16 inch gun turret and after superstrucuture was taken in August 2004. In this picture you can barely see the Measure 32 Cameoflage scheme on the gun turrets and superstructure. Courtesy of Joe Hood, USS North Carolina Living History Crew (LHC).
BB-5591k North Carolina's (BB-55) record of awards and scorecard of Japanese planes & ships downed and islands bombarded during her WW II career. Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-55115k Overall view of the North Carolina (BB-55) Memorial in Wilmington North Carolina. Photo by Jim Doane and contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-55 North Carolina180kNote the different design of her conning tower, taken in 1993 at her 1st. Superstructure Deck level.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina106k Main Deck Level.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina104k Looking up at her Foretop from Main Deck Level.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina48kPort bow view of the North Carolina (BB-55).Photo courtesy of Karson Snyder.
BB-55 North Carolina203kAmidship's view of the North Carolina (BB-55). Photo courtesy of Karson Snyder.
BB-55 North Carolina71kBroadside view of the North Carolina (BB-55). Photo courtesy of Karson Snyder.
BB-55 North Carolina225k25,883 pounds of North Carolina's (BB-55) anchor on display. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina480k Looking down the length of North Carolina (BB-55) main battery and 20mm armament plus anchor chain assembly & housing.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina240k Engineering Spaces & air filter.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina145k Engineering Spaces & vent supply.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina743kFireworks illuminate the skies over Battleship North Carolina (BB-55) capping week long celebrations surrounding the commissioning the newest Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine North Carolina (SSN-777) on 3 May 2009. North Carolina will be homeported in Groton, Conn., as a member of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. U.S. Navy photo # N-7441H-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 2ND Class Roadell Hickman, courtesy of navy.news.mil. Photo added 05/05/08.

USS North Carolina History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Gordon Knapp
Address: None
Phone: None
E-mail: knappga@webtv.net

Ship mailing address information
Battleship North Carolina (BB-55) PO Box 480 Wilmington, NC 28402-0480
E-mail: ncbb55@battleshipnc.com

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.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
U.S.S. North Carolina (BB-55) Web site

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