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BB-60 USS ALABAMA
War in the Pacific / August 1943 - Sept. 1945

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Mike - Whiskey

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Building & Fitting Out / 1940 - October 1942
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1964 - Present


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: Perserved as Memorial, Mobile Alabama, June 11, 1964.
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BB-60 Alabama319k Alabama (BB-60) taken 20 August 1943 during post refit trials off Norfolk. Notation on photo said: "Remove shore and ships in back, number, flags and buoys."BuAer photo # 78648, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-60 Alabama503kStarboard broadside view at Norfolk Navy Yard on 20 August 1943 soon after completion of post refit trials and indicating changes to electronics which are circled.USN photo # 5865-43, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-60 Alabama83k Underway, view from port, August 1943.USN photo.
BB-60 Alabama87k August, 1943 post refit trials off Norfolk. Flag bridge is plated in, she carries ten quadruple 40mm mounts, and circle indicates enlarged radar platform for the soon to be fitted, SK-2 dish air search unit.USN photo.
BB-60 Alabama160kThe stern shot was taken at her 1943 refit at Norfolk, 20 August 1943. She is carrying ten 40mm quadruple A.A. mounts, her ultimate battery, at that time. She ended the war with twelve mounts and was never fitted with the new ultimate, eighteen mounts, like the Massachusetts (BB-59) carried.USNHC # NH 57498, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-60 Alabama 466k The Alabama (BB-60) firing as viewed from the South Dakota (BB-57) on 29 October 1943. Note South Dakota's 5-Inch battery in the foreground. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama77kGilberts Operation, November 1943. Ships of Task Force 50 en route to the Gilberts and Marshalls to support the invasions of Makin and Tarawa, 12 November 1943. Ships are (l-r): Alabama (BB-60); Indiana (BB-58), in distance, camouflaged; and Monterey (CVL-26). Photographed from Lexington (CV-16).Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-204917, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-60 Alabama 175k Gilberts Operation, November 1943. Ships of Task Force 50 en route to the Gilberts and Marshalls to support the invasions of Makin and Tarawa, 12 November 1943. Alabama (BB-60) photo taken by Monterey (CVL-26). Indiana (BB-58) is in the distance, camouflaged. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama 118k Crew at work at one of the control stands in 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-57 South Dakota 209k The battleships South Dakota (BB-57), Alabama (BB-60) and North Carolina (BB-55) as seen from the Essex class carrier Intrepid CV-11 on 25 January, 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-57 South Dakota 55k South Dakota (BB-57) followed by Alabama (BB-60) on their way to the Marshalls to shell Roi and Namur islands on 1 February 1944. U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 Alabama136kAs inclined in February 1945, the Alabama (BB-60) shows a pair of Mark 577 antiaircraft directors abaft her after main battery fire control center, as well as the vent trunking, range finder and sights of her No.3 turret. Note also the large vent just below the 40mm mount. The forward main battery fire control tower carries another of the unidentified flat antennas, just below the searchlights. The photo of her rig, dated 13 March, shows the small radome of an SU, which replaced her forward SG surface-search set. Below it is the fat radome of a TDY-1A jammer, sharing a platform with an SK-2 air search antenna. The mainmast air-search antenna is an SC-2. The spike just visible on the forward edge of the fire control tower was presumably associated with the flat-faced antenna there.Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-60 Alabama113kAs inclined in February 1945, the Alabama (BB-60) shows a pair of Mark 577 antiaircraft directors abaft her after main battery fire control center, as well as the vent trunking, range finder and sights of her No.3 turret. Note also the large vent just below the 40mm mount. The forward main battery fire control tower carries another of the unidentified flat antennas, just below the searchlights. The photo of her rig, dated 13 March, shows the small radome of an SU, which replaced her forward SG surface-search set. Below it is the fat radome of a TDY-1A jammer, sharing a platform with an SK-2 air search antenna. The mainmast air-search antenna is an SC-2. The spike just visible on the forward edge of the fire control tower was presumably associated with the flat-faced antenna there.Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-60 Alabama117k Bridge detail shot was taken at Puget Sound in February, 1945, at her final refit. The bridge walkway has been enclosed and she is being inclined, as evidenced by the weights (cases numbered 10 and 9 on her deck). She is receiving her final 40mm A.A. addition and is being prepared to receive guns in the incomplete gun tub atop #2 turret. Her side hull recess has bolted manhole covers which provide access to her outer hull.USN photo.
BB-60 Alabama45kAnchored in Puget Sound following refit. Note the angles of 16 inch barrels showing their independent elevation capabilities, 15 March 1945.USN photo # 1328-45, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-60 Alabama48kBow view, starboard side of the Alabama (BB-60). USN photo # 1322-45, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-60 Alabama295kBow on view of the Alabama (BB-60) in March 1945 after her last wartime overhaul at Puget Sound.USN photo # 80188, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-60 Alabama402kStern view of the Alabama (BB-60) in March 1945 after her last wartime overhaul at Puget Sound.USN photo # 80189 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-60 Alabama67k The Alabama (BB-60) inboard profile, 1945.Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-60 Alabama 589k Taken in 1945. Note the SC-1 Seahawks atop her catapults, the spare EDO float and her new radar outfit. 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-60 Alabama63kNavy men operate big gun.
G.W. Ryder, seaman, second class, of Meridan, Idaho, operates the scuttle of a big gun for powderman F. L. McCain, of Freetown, Ind., on their Pacific ship, the Alabama (BB-60), now at Tokyo.
USN photo # 1016203, courtesy of Mitch Ryder. Photo added 01/28/09.

USS ALABAMA BB-60 History
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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


Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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