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BB-67 USS MONTANA

Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Quebec - Papa


Montana Class Battleship: Displacement: 60,500 tons (standard); 70,965 tons (full load). Dimensions: 921' 3" (length overall); 121' 2" (maximum beam). Powerplant: 172,000 horsepower steam turbines, producing a 28 knot maximum speed. Armament (Main Battery): Twelve 16"/50 guns in four triple turrets. Armament (Secondary Battery): Twenty 5"/54 guns in ten twin mountings (ten guns on each side of the ship).

Operational and Building Data: From: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL FIGHTING SHIPS, Vol. IV, p. 148
The name Montana was assigned to BB-67 on 28 December 1940; but construction of the Montana class (BB-67 / 71) battleship by Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa., was canceled 21 July 1943, before her keel was laid.
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Montana Class 56k Model representing the preliminary design, circa 1940-41. Photographed circa 1943. Photo # NH 44529, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Montana Class 62k Artist's conception of the Montana class (BB-67 / 71) whose construction was cancelled on 21 July 1943. This artwork depicts the ship fitted with a heavy battery of anti-aircraft guns, as would have been the case had she been completed. Photo # NH 61246, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Montana Class 54k Model of a Montana class (BB-67 / 71) battleship photographed at the New York Navy Yard, 26 November 1941. It represents the ship with details somewhat changed from the preliminary design seen in the previous photo. Photo # NH 93912, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Montana Class 75k Model photographed at the New York Navy Yard, 26 November 1941. It represents the ship with details somewhat changed from the preliminary design seen in the previous photo. Photo # NH 93913, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Montana Class 63k Model photographed at the New York Navy Yard, 26 November 1941. It represents the ship with details somewhat changed from the preliminary design seen in Photo #2. Photo # NH 93914, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Montana Class 56k Large official model of this abortive class of battleship, photographed at the New York Navy Yard, 7 October 1944. Construction of the five ships of the class had been cancelled in July 1943. Photo # USN 1144964, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Montana Class 57k Battleship Study, BB 65 - Scheme 1 and BB 61-64 (Inclusive). Preliminary design plan prepared for the General Board comparing the outboard profile (including superstructure) of the Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) battleships with the hull profile of the Montana class (BB-67 / 71).
This plan is dated 9 July 1940 and shows the Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) outboard profile in solid lines and the hull of the in Montana class (BB-67 / 71) dashed lines. At the time, the Montana class (BB-67 / 71) was planned to begin with hull number BB-65, rather than BB-67 as it became after two more Iowa's were ordered as BB-65 and BB-66.
Scale of the original drawings is 1/32" = 1'.
The original plan is in the 1939-1944 "Spring Styles Book" held by the Naval Historical Center.
Photo # S-511-21, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Montana Class 75k Battleship Design Study, BB-65 - Scheme 3. Preliminary design plan prepared for the General Board as part of the process leading to the Montana class (BB-67 / 71) battleship design. This plan, dated 6 February 1940, is for a ship of 52,500 tons standard displacement and 64,500 ton trial displacement, with a main battery of twelve 16"/50 guns, a secondary battery of twenty 5"/38 guns and a 130,000 horsepower powerplant for a speed of 28 knots. Ship's dimensions are: waterline length 860'; waterline beam 114'; draft 36'. Scale of the original drawing is 1/32" = 1'. Port side 5" gun arrangement is labeled "previous secondary battery arrangement". Starboard side has a "proposed secondary battery arrangement."
The original plan is in the 1939-1944 "Spring Styles Book" held by the Naval Historical Center.
Photo # S-511-11, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Montana Class 64k Battleship Design Study, BB-65 - Scheme 4. Preliminary design plan prepared for the General Board as part of the process leading to the Montana class (BB-67 / 71) battleship design.
This plan, dated 14 February 1940, is for a ship of 54,500 tons standard displacement and 64,500 tons trial displacement, with a main battery of twelve 16"/50 guns, a secondary battery of twenty 5"/54 guns and a 150,000 horsepower powerplant for a speed of 28 knots.
Ship's dimensions are: waterline length 870'; waterline beam 114'; draft 36'. Scale of the original drawing is 1/32" = 1'. Port side 5" gun arrangement is labeled "previous secondary battery arrangement". Starboard side has a "proposed secondary battery arrangement.
"The original plan is in the 1939-1944 "Spring Styles Book" held by the Naval Historical Center.
Photo # S-511-12, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Montana Class 56k Battleship Design Study, BB-65 - Scheme 8. Preliminary design plan prepared for the General Board as part of the process leading to the Montana class (BB-67 / 71) battleship design.
This plan, dated 15 March 1940, is for a ship of 70,000 tons standard displacement and 82,000 ton trial displacement, with a main battery of twelve 16"/50 guns, a secondary battery of twenty 5"/54 guns and a 320,000 horsepower powerplant for a speed of 33 knots.
Ship's dimensions are: waterline length 1050'; waterline beam 120'; draft 35'. Scale of the original drawing is 1/32" = 1'. Port side 5" gun arrangement is labeled "previous secondary battery arrangement". Starboard side has a "proposed secondary battery arrangement."
The original plan is in the 1939-1944 "Spring Styles Book" held by the Naval Historical Center.
Photo # S-511-13, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Montana Class 72k Montana class (BB-67 / 71) inboard profile as designed, 1941. Note the navigational range-finders atop turret No.3 and the bridge. The dashed lines indicate radar antennas as then planned. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
Montana Class 96k Montana (BB-67) as designed. Line drawing by A.L. Raven. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
Montana Class 124k Machinery arrangement of the Montana (BB-67) as designed. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
Montana Class 377k Machinery arrangement of the Montana (BB-67) as designed. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
Montana Class 48k Cross section of the Montana class (BB-67-71) engine room. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
Montana Class 336k
Oil on canvas painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci showing the probable appearance of the Montana (BB-67) arriving in New York Harbor as flagship US Fleet with Flt Adm Nimitz aboard in the autumn of 1946 after the invasion and defeat of Japan.
Photo and text courtesy of artbywayne.com
Montana Class 177k Artist's conception of the Montana class (BB-67/71) whose construction was cancelled on 21 July 1943. This and the next two drawings represents the Montana (BB-67) in early 1945 in a modified four color Ms-32 Camouflage scheme. Drawing courtesy of Abram Joslin.
Montana Class 236k Artist's conception of the Montana class (BB-67/71) whose construction was cancelled on 21 July 1943. This drawing represents the Montana (BB-67) in late 1945, MS-22 camouflage scheme.
Drawing courtesy of Abram Joslin.
Montana Class 181k Artist's conception of the Montana class (BB-67/71) outline. Drawing courtesy of Abram Joslin.
Montana Class 94k Artist's conception of the Montana (BB-67) in action. Photo courtesy of Richard Lewis Mendes.
(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.

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