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War in the Atlantic
April 1943 - July 1943

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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: Perserved as Memorial, Mobile Alabama, June 11, 1964.
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BB-60 Alabama 234k Smoke and flame billow from the muzzles of the 16-Inch guns as Alabama (BB-60) fires a broadside, 1943 in the Atlantic. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo added 01/07/08.
BB-60 Alabama450kThe Alabama (BB-60) operating with the British fleet in April 1943. In the background is the battleship HMS Anson and the aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable. The airplane overhead is a Short Sunderland MKIII. Photo and text courtesy of
BB-60 Alabama91k"Taks Force of Two Navies" Watercolor by Dwight Shepler, USNR, 1943, depicting U.S. and British warships in the Pentlant Firth during an operation toward the Norwegian coast, coincident with the Sicily invasion, July 1943. Alabama (BB-60) is in the lead, followed by HMS Illustrious and HMS King George V . Three British carrier-based fighters (two "Seafires" and a "Martlet") are overhead.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # KN-20381, courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-60 & 57677k South Dakota (BB-57) underway with Alabama (BB-60) as viewed from H.M.S. King George V.
In July 1943 Alabama participated in Operation Governor, a diversion aimed toward southern Norway, to draw German attention away from the real Allied thrust, toward Sicily. It had also been devised to attempt to lure out the German battleship Tirpitz, the sister ship of the famed, but short-lived, Bismarck, but the Germans did not rise to the challenge, and the enemy battleship remained in her Norwegian lair.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-60 & 57379k
Form Line of Battle!!! - The South Dakota (BB-57), Alabama (BB-60) and H.M.S. Anson sail in line ahead during combined operations in the Northern Atlantic in 1943.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-60 & 57358kThe South Dakota (BB-57) & Alabama (BB-60) during combined operations in the Northern Atlantic in 1943. USN photo 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

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. Alabama BB-60 Web Site
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