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BB-58 USS INDIANA
Keel Laying & Shakedown / 1938 - 1942

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - November - Sierra

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Off to War / 1942 - November 1944
December 1944 - Victory in the Pacific
1946 - 1963


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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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 U.S. Navy Photograph 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. U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
SODAX2.50k Main battery U.S. Navy photograph 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. U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 142kStill working on painting the stern on 8 September 1942 at Hampton Roads, Virginia. U.S. Navy Photograph 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. U.S. Navy Photograph 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. U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 395k September 1942 photo of the Indiana (BB-58) wearing a "fake bow" off of "A-turret". U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.

USS INDIANA BB-58 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: USS Indiana BB-58 Reunion Association
John W. Ensley, Secretary & Treasurer
Address:6528 Georgetown Lane
Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4310
Phone: 219-493-3291
E-mail: None


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.
USS Indiana BB-58 Home Port By Benjamin M. Givens Jr.

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