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BB-58 USS INDIANA

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - November - Sierra


South Dakota Class Battleship: Displacement 35,000 Tons, Dimensions, 680' (oa) x 108' 2" x 36' 2" (Max). Armament 9 x 16"/45 20 x 5"/38AA, 12 x 1.1" 12 x 0.5", 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/4" Belt, 18" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +1/3" Decks, 15" Conning Tower. Machinery, 130,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 27 Knots, Crew 1793.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News VA., November 20 1939. Launched November 21 1941. Commissioned April 30 1942. Decommissioned September 11 1947. Stricken June 1 1962.
Fate: Sold, October 23 1963 and broken up for scrap.
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Keel Laying & Shakedown / 1938 - 1942
BB-57 South Dakota 76k Hull test model for the South Dakota class (BB-57 - 60) battleships. Hull model number 3536, photographed at the Experimental Model Basin, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., in 1938. Note the widely spaced skegs, supporting the outboard propeller shafts, that were a unique feature of this battleship class. Copied from the Bureau of Ships monograph "United States Battleship Designs for World War II", dated 1 June 1946. USNHC # NH 93908, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana1.23kPDF of Faired Lines and Molded Offsets for the Indiana (BB-58), 30 January 1940. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana410kThrough the scaffolding may be seen the prow of the battleship Indiana (BB-58) under construction in October, 1940. The Norfolk-Newport News section of Virginia is contributing a large portion of the new tonnage of our rapidly expanding two-ocean Navy.Photo # LC-USE6-D-001703, courtesy of the Library of Congress via Mike Green.
BB-58 Indiana506kThrough the scaffolding may be seen the prow of the battleship Indiana (BB-58) under construction in October, 1940. The Norfolk-Newport News section of Virginia is contributing a large portion of the new tonnage of our rapidly expanding two-ocean Navy.Photo # LC-USE6- D-001704, courtesy of the Library of Congress via Mike Green.
BB-58 Indiana467kThrough the scaffolding may be seen the prow of the battleship Indiana (BB-58) under construction in October, 1940. The Norfolk-Newport News section of Virginia is contributing a large portion of the new tonnage of our rapidly expanding two-ocean Navy.Photo # LC-USE6-D-001710, courtesy of the Library of Congress via Mike Green.
BB-58 Indiana161kIndiana (BB-58) under construction at Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News VA., several months before her launching. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 820k Indiana (BB-58) sliding down the ways at Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News VA., 21 November 1941. Official USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 601k The Indiana (BB-58) is almost waterborne as she slides down the ways at Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News VA., 21 November 1941. International News Photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 408k Construction shot showing a quarter stern port side view of the Indiana (BB-58) at Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News VA., 31 December 1941. Turrets and armament not due to be installed for a while yet. National Archives photo # 19-LCM-BB-58A-1, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 813k View of the ship's stern, showing her twin outboard skegs, with five-bladed propellers at their after ends. Four-bladed inboard propellers are faintly visible, with the ship's twin rudders directly aft of them. Taken in drydock at the Newport News Ship Building and Drydock Company, Newport News, Virginia, 13 March 1942. Text courtesy of photo USNHC # NH 93910, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo courtey of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 787k Photo show the "skeg" hull form that all the fast battleships had. The Indiana (BB-58) and her sisters were unique in the fact that their skegs were on the outside of the hull and contained their outer propeller shafts. Text courtesy of photo USNHC # NH 93909, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo courtey of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 959k Port side view of the outer propeller shafts of the Indiana (BB-58) in drydock at the Newport News Ship Building and Drydock Company, Newport News, Virginia, 13 March 1942. Photo courtey of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 466k View of the Indiana's (BB-58) forward 16"/45 guns, taken at Newport News, Virginia, on 30 April 1942, the day of her commissioning. Note anchor chains and capstans, armored conning tower and Mark 38 main battery director atop her superstructure. Fire control radar antennas have not yet been fitted atop her gun directors. Text courtesy of NH 80-G-6692. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
SODAX2.50k Main battery USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 111k Indiana (BB-58) as completed. It is a Newport News Shipbuilding photo taken by the company at the ship's completion. Her lines are clean and planes, 20mm and 40mm guns, and radars aren't yet installed. Courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding.
BB-58 Indiana 43k As completed in 1942. Good view of ship's boats and boat cranes. USN photo.
BB-58 Indiana 361k Norfolk, Virginia on 15 August 1942. Note her rudimentary bridge, with an enclosed gallery below it. The object atop her conning tower is a spotting glass; it was ultimately replaced by a Mark 27 radar. Slits in the fire control tower were for battle lookouts. USN photo courtesy of David Buell. Text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-58 Indiana 430k One of a series of photos taken off Norfolk, Virginia, on 8 September 1942. A Launch approaches the Indiana (BB-58)from Norfolk. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 142kStill working on painting the stern on 8 September 1942 at Hampton Roads, Virginia. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 393kBroadside view on 8 September 1942 at Hampton Roads, Virginia. The ship still has not yet sailed on her shakedown cruise. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 598kPainting parts of the hull from scaffolding continues on this sequence of photos on 8 September 1942 at Hampton Roads, Virginia. Launches from both sides of the ship are about to be raised to deck level. BUAER photo # 12190 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 370kPainting parts of the hull from scaffolding continues on this sequence of photos on 8 September 1942 at Hampton Roads, Virginia. The launch moored alongside in the above photo is raised to deck level. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 3.43k 12 September 1942 photo of the Indiana (BB-58) wearing a "fake bow" off of "A-turret". USN photo # 80-G-16187 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Off to War / 1942 - November 1944
BB-58 Indiana 169k Early career photo of Indiana (BB-58).
Among the things to note that distinguish this period photo from later war years are the following:
She is wearing Measure 22. Measure 22 had a dark hull, up to a line parallel to the waterline and at a height equal to the lowest part of the main deck. Everything above that line was painted in a lighter gray. You can see the lighter color on the bow, where the main deck angles up. The original colors for Measure 22 were Navy Blue (5-N) and Haze Grey (5-H). By late 1944 the original composition of these paint colors had changed and both were actually neutral grays, but with 5-N being much darker.
By the Gilberts op, she was not only all pretty and confusing in Measure 32, but she also had the much larger antenna of an SK-1 radar instead of the SC as her main search radar.
Another clue is the number of 40mm guns; by '44 the 20mm's on the bow and atop the No. 3 turret would have been replaces by 40mm's as well as additional mounts on the 02 deck forward and around the base of the after main battery fire control tower.
She is also accompanied by a Cleveland-class (CL-55 / 83) riding shotgun behind her with a destroyer off in the forward distance.
USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
Photo i.d. courtesy of David C. Nilsen, CTR USA, TRADOC, Charles Haberlein & Chris Hoehn.
Text i.d. Measure 22 courtesy of Aryeh Weterhorn.
BB-58 Indiana 340k Portside view with the same above data. National Archives photo # 80-G-333172, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 100k Lookouts in Aft Conning Tower.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 77k Indiana (BB-58) in a South Pacific harbor, now wearing measure 22 camouflage, 17 December, 1942. Taken by a Saratoga (CV-3) photographer. Official USN photo USNHC # NH 80-G-35773, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 90k Starboard broadside view of the Indiana (BB-58) in a South Pacific harbor, now wearing measure 22 camouflage, 17 December, 1942. Taken by a Saratoga (CV-3) photographer. Note PT boats. USN photo # 80-G-35772, submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 79k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Anthony Saunders, entitled "Indiana (BB-58), First Tour of Duty".Text and drawing courtesy of naval-art.com
BB-58 Indiana 70k Port and starboard view line drawing of the Indiana (BB-58). Courtesy of Joe Radigan & the USN.
BB-58 Indiana 180k A painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled "Sudden Squall". Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-59 Massachusetts170kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 1D intended for the battleship Massachusetts (BB-59), circa 1943. This camouflage design was not actually used on Massachusetts or any other ship of her class. Official USN photo # 80-G-157914, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-59 Massachusetts129kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for use in preparing camouflage designs for the Indiana (BB-58); Massachusetts (BB-59); and Alabama (BB-60), circa 1943. This plan shows the ship's starboard side, superstructure ends and exposed decks.Official USN photo # 80-G-156818, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-59 Massachusetts60kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for use in preparing camouflage designs for the Indiana (BB-58); Massachusetts (BB-59); and Alabama (BB-60), circa 1943. This plan shows the ship's port side.Official USN photo # 80-G-156819, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-58 Indiana 40k Indiana (BB-58) on 7 November 1943, anchored at Viti Levu, Nandi off Fiji Islands, now wearing measure 32/11D camouflage - the only South Dakota class (BB-57 - 60) to wear the dazzle camouflage. USN photo.
BB-58 Indiana 211k The Indiana (BB-58), wearing measure 32/11D camouflage, is about to receive a visitor in the form of a LST. Anchored behind her looks to be a attack transport. Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-61 Iowa60k Iowa (BB-61) underway at sea during the Marshalls Operation, 24 January 1944. She is wearing Camouflage Measure 32, Design 1B. In the left distance, also painted in Camouflage Measure 32 (possibly Design 11D), is Indiana (BB-58). This image has been cropped to emphasize the ships and their camouflage patterns. Official USN photo # 80-G-235080, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-58 Indiana 61k Captain William M. Fechteler commanded the battleship Indiana (BB-58) in the Pacific in 1943. Promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in early 1944, he was Commander of the Seventh Fleet's Amphibious Group 8 from August 1944 to March 1945, participating in landings at Morotai, Leyte, Lingayen and elsewhere in the Philippines. USN Portrait photograph, taken circa 1944-45. Official USN photo now in the collections of the National Archives as # 80-G-302299 & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-58 Indiana 175k Steaming with Task Force 58.1 on 27 January 1944, en route to attack Taroa Island airfield, Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands. Taken by a Enterprise (CV-6) photographer. Official USN photo # 80-G-222923, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-58 Indiana 124k Steaming with Task Force 58.1 on 27 January 1944, en route to attack Taroa Island airfield, Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands now wearing measure 32/11D camouflage - the only South Dakota class (BB-49 /54) to wear the dazzle camouflage. Taken by a Enterprise (CV-6) photographer. Official USN photo # NH 52661, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-59 Massachusetts64kIndiana (BB-58) underway at sea in 1944, probably in late January while the ship was en route to the Marshall Islands to support the Kwajalein invasion. Official USN photo # NH 52662a (cropped), from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 2.17k The Indiana (BB-58) taken during attack missions on Japanese bases in the Marshall islands. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana383kReveille is sounded on the Indiana (BB-58). Photo courtesy of Dave Reed.
BB-61 Iowa476kThe Indiana (BB-58) & Iowa (BB-61) underway.
This 1944 photo shows Iowa in her anti-submarine camouflage measure, applied in December or in early January 1944 with Navy Blue (5-N) and Light Grey (5-L) and Deck Blue (20-B) horizontal surfaces. Highly visible in this view are the fine forward hull lines for a higher speed than the preceding South Dakota class battleships. Consequently her #1 turret had little depth for torpedo protection.
Note the 20mm gallery atop #2 turret.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 78k Damage to starboard quarter after collision with Washington (BB-56) on 1 February 1944 off Kwajalein. Both ships were checked and patched at Majuro Lagoon before they limped to Pearl Harbor. The Washington had a temporary bow installed there and was permanently repaired at PSNS, while the Indiana (BB-58) was repaired at Pearl. This was the biggest job completed at Pearl Harbor during the war. The damage showed a weakness in the class design and if the Washington had been not been able to slow, the Indiana could have been lost from uncontrollable flooding from the stern. Official USN photo # NH 92881, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 83k Indiana (BB-58) at Majuro Atoll for repairs on 3 February 1944. She had collided with Washington (BB-56) during the night of 1 February, while taking part in the Marshalls operation. Damage to her starboard hull side is visible below her after 16-inch gun turret. Washington, whose bow was wrecked in the accident, is in the left background, alongside Vestal (AR-4). Official USN photo # 80-G-275955, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-58 Indiana 72k Indiana (BB-58) at Pearl Harbor on 13 February 1944, showing damage to her starboard side received in her 1 February 1944 collision with Washington (BB-56). Official USN photo # NH 92880, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 71k Indiana (BB-58) at Pearl Harbor on 13 February 1944, showing damage to her starboard side received in her 1 February 1944 collision with Washington (BB-56). Official USN photo # NH 92882, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 505k Looking down and aft at starboard damage as ship arrived at Pearl Harbor on 13 February 1944. USN photo # 1202-44 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 68k Indiana (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 USN photo # NH 92883, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 700k 1944 picture of the Indiana (BB-58) after Pearl Harbor refit following collision with Washington (BB-56) in February, 1944. USN photo courtesy of David Buell + Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 819k Underway, starboard view with another battleship trailing in May 1944.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana234kSeen after refit, now wearing measure 22camouflage again. Note the thick main mast and the camouflage counter shading on the 16in gun barrels. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 254k Indiana (BB-58) departed for Bremerton, Wash., from the Pacific battle zone, arriving 23 October 1944. The following three photos show BB-57 Class propellers being cast at Mare Island on 16 Sep 44, probably for her use during her subsequent refit. Note the writing "5 blade prop" under the stand. USN photo # 5787-44, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-58 Indiana 224k The second of three photos show the plant casting method as devolped for 5 bladed propellers being cast at Mare Island on 16 Sep 44, probably for her use during her subsequent refit. In this photo the molten lead is in the process of flowing into the bucket which will carry it to the form. USN photo # 5788-44, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-58 Indiana 179k The third of three photos show the plant casting method as devolped for 5 bladed propellers being cast at Mare Island on 16 Sep 44, probably for her use during her subsequent refit. The molten lead is being poured into its form. USN photo # 5789-44, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-58 Indiana 832k Good detail in this overhead view, possibly in Puget Sound, 30 November 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 1.32k Broad on starboard view, Puget Sound, 30 November 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 260k Starboard quarter view on 30 November 1944, high speed turn in Puget Sound. BuShips photo #75600, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 355k Dead ahead view in Puget Sound, 30 November 1944. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
December 1944 - Victory in the Pacific
BB-58 Indiana 604k Bow view of the Indiana (BB-58) at sea.
This photo was taken after her last wartime refit which dates from late 1944 to 1945.
Text i.d. courtesy of David Buell.
National Archives photo # 19-LCM-BB-58-1, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 322k The Indiana (BB-58) stern view, starboard side, at Puget Sound Navy Yard on 5 December 1944. USN photo # 4213-44 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 360k The Indiana (BB-58) stern view, port side, at Puget Sound Navy Yard on 5 December 1944. Official USN photo # 4215-44 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 385k The Indiana (BB-58) wearing Measure 22 poses for a broadside view, port side at Puget Sound Navy Yard on 5 December 1944. USN photo # 4216-44 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana365kIndiana (BB-58) and ships of Cruiser Division 5 bombarding Iwo Jima on 23 January 1945.Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 1004219.
BB-58 Indiana 135k Catholic Chaplain serves Holy Communion while holding Mass on the quarterdeck, during the Okinawa operation, 1 April 1945. Official USN photo # NH 80-G-325209, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 134k Indiana (BB-58) receives powder for her 16-inch guns, via highline from Wrangell (AE-12), during the Okinawa operation, 8 April 1945. Official USN photo # NH 80-G-318948, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana748kCapt. Francis Paxton Olds was the 6th commanding officer of the battle ship Indiana (BB-58) from 1 May 1945 to 5 December 1945. USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-58 Indiana 64k Taking water over the bow, while steaming through a typhoon in the Okinawa area, circa 5 June 1945. Official USN photo # NH 80-G-342732, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 717k A day in the life aboard Indiana (BB-58) in 1945. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-57 South Dakota 269k The United States battleships Indiana (BB-58), Massachusetts (BB-59) and Alabama (BB-60) form a line ahead during target practice as seen from the South Dakota (BB-57), 1945. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 3.22k THIRD FLEET WARSHIPS FORM BATTLE LINE OFF JAPAN.
MOVING IN COLUMN, SOME OF THE THIRD FLEET WARSHIPS MANEUVER NEAR KAMAISHI, ON JAPAN'S HOME ISLAND OF HONSHU ON JULY 14. A FEW MINUTES LATER THEY OPENEDFIRE ON THE IMPERIAL IRON WORKS AT KAMAISHI. NAVY DID NOT NAME WARSHIPS BUT SAID MASSACHUSETTS (BB-59), SOUTH DAKOTA (BB-57), INDIANA (BB-58), QUINCY (CA-71) AND CHICAGO (CA-136) PARTICIPATED IN THE SHELLING.
Bombardment of Kamaishi, Japan, 14 July 1945. Battleships and heavy cruisers steam in column off Kamaishi, at the time they bombarded the iron works there, as seen from South Dakota (BB-57). Indiana (BB-58) is the nearest ship, followed by Massachusetts (BB-59). Cruisers Chicago (CA-136) and Quincy (CA-71) bring up the rear.
API photo, & text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Text courtesy of USNHC # NH 80-G-490143.
BB-58 Indiana 357k Indiana (BB-58) fires a salvo from her forward 16"/45 guns at the Kaimaishi plant of the Japan Iron Company,250 miles north of Tokyo. A second before, South Dakota (BB-57), from which this photograph was taken, fired the initial salvo of the first naval gunfire bombardment of the Japanese Home Islands. The superstructure of Massachusetts (BB-59) is visible directly behind Indiana. The heavy cruiser in the left center distance is either Quincy (CA-71) or Chicago (CA-136). Text courtesy of USNHC from photo # 80-G-K-6035.
Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-59 Massachusetts828kBombardment of Kaimaishi Japan, August 1945. Massachusetts (BB-59) opens fire on Kaimaishi, in the last battleship bombardment of World War II, 9 August 1945. Photographed from Indiana (BB-58). Official USN photo # 80-G-339333, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-58 Indiana 419k The battleships Indiana (BB-58) and Massachusetts (BB-59) operating off Honshu. The Massachusetts is firing. The South Dakota (BB-57) can be seen behind her. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 745k The bombardment of the steel mills of Kamaishi on Honshu, Japan. 8.9.1945. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana837kThe Indiana (BB-58) and Massachusetts (BB-59) and two Baltimore Class heavy cruisers close in for a bombardment. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 1.20k Indiana (BB-58) and crew most likely heading for home after war's end. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Post War - Scrapping
BB-58 Indiana 55k A post-war view while in Puget Sound, February 1946. USN photo.
BB-58 Indiana 158k 17 March 1946. The Indiana (BB-58), Massachusetts (BB-59)& Alabama (BB-60) tied up at the Embarcadero, San Francisco. USN photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Text courtesy of ussindianabb58.com.
Alabama497kU.S. Navy ships at Seattle, Washington, on 9 January 1947. Three aircraft carriers are at Pier 91, Bunker Hill (CV-17), Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) and Essex (CV-9). Ticonderoga (CV-14) is at Pier 92. The battleships Indiana (BB-58) and Alabama (BB-60) are moored opposite of the Ticonderoga . USN photo 80-G-373247 from the Essex (CVS-9) 1967 cruise book via Robert Hurst.
Photo added 10/21/14.
Puget Sound NSY1.1mPuget Sound NSY around 1948. There are five mothballed Essex class (CV-9) carriers at the left. To the right of the carriers are five battleships. I believe they are Alabama (BB-60), West Virginia (BB-48), Maryland (BB-46), Indiana (BB-58), Colorado (BB-45).USN Photo courtesy of Joe MacDonald.
BB-58 Indiana 63k June 1955, tied up, Indiana (BB-58) is at Pier D, Puget Sound Navy Yard, part of the mothballed fleet. The battleship alongside it is the Colorado (BB-45). USN photo courtesy of ussindianabb58.com. Photo i.d. courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-58 Indiana 1.00k Indiana (BB-58) at Pier D, Puget Sound Navy Yard.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-58 Indiana 82k The battleship Indiana (BB-58), being towed out into Puget Sound from the Bremerton, Washington Naval Shipyard to begin her final journey to Richmond California where she was scrapped. Courtesy of Stan Svec.
BB-58 Indiana 65k The battleship Indiana (BB-58), being towed under the Golden Gate Bridge to Richmond California where she was scrapped. Copy San Francisco Examiner .
BB-58 Indiana 125k The battleship Indiana (BB-58), nicknamed the Hoosier Houseboat - the black maw of one of her 16-inch guns staring at the camera-is headed for the oblivion of the scrap pile. The steel in her proud hull is being nonchalantly cut up by the torches. She was towed under San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge into Richmond. After she's gone, there will be only 8 surviving American battleships, symbols of an extinct breed. Courtesy of Stan Svec & Joe Perchetti.
BB-58 Indiana 290k The battleship Indiana (BB-58) at the breakers. United Press International. Dated 12 November 1963, but not specified if that is date taken or date filed. UPI photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-58 Indiana 74k Shortly before 22 November 1963, scrapping at Richmond California. Courtesy of Eric Dahlstrom.
BB-58 Indiana 142k 22 November 1963, scrapping at Richmond California. Copy San Francisco Examiner.
(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 December 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
World War II Memorial371 A 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 September 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 was formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars. USN photo # N-0295M-011 by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-58 Indiana 787k Bow of the Indiana (BB-58) in a parking lot in Berkeley California, December 2011. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Dennis.

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