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BB-60 USS ALABAMA
Building & Fitting Out
February 1940 - October 1942

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South Dakota Class Battleship: Displacement 35,000 Tons, Dimensions, 679' 5" (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 Norfolk Naval Ship Yard, February 1, 1940. Launched February 16, 1942. Commissioned August 16, 1942. Decommissioned January 9, 1947. Stricken June 1, 1962.
Fate: Preserved as Memorial, Mobile Alabama, June 11, 1964.
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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-60 Alabama141k1 February 1940 photo of the keel laying for Alabama (BB-60) at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia.Official U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Mike Green / Leeward Publications "SHIP'S DATA".
BB-60 Alabama 5.72k Bow view on building ways, 2 April 1940. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-11-2, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 7.22k Stern view on building ways, 28 June 1940. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-23-10, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 6.60k Bow view on building ways, 28 June 1940. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-24-8, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 6.08k View from after quarter, 28 June 1940. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-24-11, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 6.23k Stern view on building ways, 27 September 1940. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-28-15, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 6.70k Bow view on building ways, 30 December 1940. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-52-29, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 6.53k Stern view on building ways, 30 December 1940. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-50-27, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 5.94k Bow view on building ways, 1 July 1941. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-69-35, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 5.95k Stern view on building ways, 1 July 1941. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-72-38, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 5.32k Bow view on building ways, 30 September 1941. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-76-41, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 5.78k Close up of main deck and #1 barbette, 30 September 1941. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-75-40, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 3.63k Looking aft, 4 January 1942. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-79-43, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 5.77k Looking forward, 4 January 1942. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-80-44, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 64k Shipbuilding (Norfolk Navy Yard). This is one one-thousandth of the manpower engaged in the construction of Uncle Sam's new $70,000,000 battleship, the Alabama (BB-60), which is scheduled to be launched in February, 1942. Approximately 3000 men are working to complete this mighty mistress of the seas. The men above are skilled ship fitters. Library of Congress # LC-USE6-D-001672, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-60 Alabama 83k Shipbuilding (Norfolk Navy Yard). These men are putting in some of the hundreds of thousands of rivets on the huge 70 million dollar battleship Alabama (BB-60), under construction at the Norfolk Yard. The ship is scheduled for launching in February 1942 Library of Congress # LC-USE6-D-0017, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-60 Alabama 101k Behind the scaffolding is one of the most powerful ships ever built, the Alabama (BB-60), which is scheduled to be launched in February, 1942. This 70 million dollar super dreadnought is one of several powerful additions to Uncle Sam's rapidly growing fleet under construction at the Norfolk Navy Yard. Library of Congress # LC-USE6-D-001701, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-60 Alabama184k Alabama (BB-60) is seen on 15 February 1942, the day before launching. The ways are cleared, the launching platform is in position and the poppet is in position under the bow. Note the sign on the front of the poppet, for the benefit of newsreel cameras at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia. Official U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Mike Green / Leeward Publications "SHIP'S DATA".
BB-60 Alabama186kLaunching schedule board for the Alabama (BB-60). The 12-hour launching sequence involved 36 precisely timed operations, including removal of various shoring which were all color coded to insure their removal in correct order.Official U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Mike Green / Leeward Publications "SHIP'S DATA".
BB-60 Alabama 273k Mrs. Lister Hill, wife of the senior Senator from Alabama christens the Alabama (BB-60) on 16 February 1942 at the Norfolk Navy Yard. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-60 Alabama 402k Alabama (BB-60) Launch Program, etc.Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
BB-60 Alabama158kLaunching of the Alabama (BB-60) at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 16 February 1942. USNHC # NH 75608, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-60 Alabama133kLaunching, at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 16 February 1942. Official U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Mike Green / Leeward Publications "SHIP'S DATA".
BB-60 Alabama144Launching, at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 16 February 1942. Official U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Mike Green / Leeward Publications "SHIP'S DATA".
BB-60 Alabama95kA steel southern belle for the Alabama (BB-60).Photo from the War Diary USS Alabama 1942 - 1944 via Bill Gonyo.
BB-60 Alabama148kA print by the artist John Taylor Arms: from the U.S. Navy Series No. 1: Battle Wagon - Alabama (BB-60) Outfitting at Norfolk Navy Yard, Crane Ship Kearsarge (AB-1) Alongside-1942.Courtesy of Stephen F. Fixx, Cleveland Museum of Art.
BB-60 Alabama 316k Crowd at Alabama (BB-60) launching. USN photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Photo added 02/08/14.
BB-60 Alabama 6.85k Stern view at fitting out berth, 3 July 1942.
The ex-battleship Kearsarge (AB-1) is moored next to the Alabama (BB-60) for lifting the 16" gun barrels into place. Main and secondary gun turrets are being fabricated and the smoke indicates that some of the boilers have been lit off.
Text courtesy of of Mike Green from Leeward Publications/ SHIP'S DATA 2 and (2 & 3) Naval Supply News, Volume 5, No. 18, 6 September 1946 by the U.S. Naval Station at Seattle, Washington.
Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-172-48, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 7.12k Bow view at fitting out berth, 3 July 1942. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-174-50, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 5.37k Bow view at fitting out berth, 3 July 1942. Norfolk Navy Yard photo # 10-175-51, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.

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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. John R Brown
Address: PO Box 501 Keller, TX, 76248-0501
Phone: 817-431-2424
E-mail: None


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