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16 in Colorado class battleship USS Maryland shortly before WW2: only lightly damaged at Pearl Harbor, unlike many of her compatriots she was back in service by spring 1942 and served throughout the Pacific campaign continuously, suffering two kamikaze strikes by the end of the war.
Bow view of USS Wisconsin with her main guns trained to port side, Gulf of Mexico, 30 Aug 1988
Task Group 38.3 enters Ulithi anchorage in column formation on December 18,1944. The ships were returning from strikes on targets in the Philippines. From front to back: USS Langley (CVL-27) a small aircraft carrier. USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) aircraft carrier USS Washington (BB-56) battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) battleship USS South Dakota (BB-57) battleship USS Santa Fe (CL-60) light cruiser USS Biloxi (CL-80) light cruiser USS Mobile (CL-63) light cruiser USS Oakland (CL-95) l
USS Wisconsin at sea, c. 1990 Career (US) Ordered: 12 June 1940 Builder: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Laid down: 25 January 1941 Launched: 7 December 1943 Commissioned: 16 April 1944 Recommissioned: 22 October 1988 Decommissioned: 30 September 1991 (final) Struck: 17 March 2006 Motto: Forward for Freedom Nickname: "Wisky" or "WisKy" Honors and awards: 6 Battle Stars Fate: Museum ship Badge: USS Wisconsin COA.png Class & type: Iowa-class battleship