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16 in Colorado class battleship USS Maryland, 1944. Only lightly damaged at Pearl Harbor, she was swiftly back in service: thus she was never as extensively modernised as many of her compatriots. She served throughout the Pacific campaign, sustaining kamikaze strikes at Leyte Gulf in 1944 and Okinawa in 1945.
Pre-war picture of 14 in battleship USS Nevada, taken from an observation balloon tethered to her - date unknown. She is best known for being the only battleship to get under way during the Pearl Harbor attack of 7 December 1941, having to be beached to prevent her sinking, but returning to service much modernised to serve with distinction in both Europe and the Pacific.
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.
USS Maryland, first commissioned of the Colorado class the most graceful American battleships produced: the hull a smooth sweeping curve from clipper bow to cut-down quater-deck; the slim angular twin turrets; the lack of hull casemates; the tall cage-masts capped with their fighting tops; all give the ships a surprisingly airy look and balance similar to a tall ship while losing none of the dreadnought's solidity and stability.