U.S.S. North Carolina (BB-55)

U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship (NC)


Launched: 13 June 1940

Name /Class: North Carolina Class Battleship

Decommissioned: 27 June 1947

Museum Ship Since: 29 April 1962


Displacement: 34,005 tonnes (standard), 40,258 tonnes (loaded)

Length: 728.8 feet

Beam: 108.3 feet

Draft: 33.0 feet

Power: 121,000 hp

Speed: 28 knots

Range: 17,450 miles @ 15 knots

Crew: 2,339 (144 officers & 2,195 enlisted)


Armor: 16 inch maximum

Armament: - 9 x 16-inch/45 calibre Mark 6 guns - 20 x 5-inch/38 calibre dual-purpose guns - 16 x 1.1-inch anti-aircraft guns -- replaced by 15 x quad 40mm anti-aircraft guns and 46 x single 20mm cannon


BATTLE STARS (15)

Landings on Guadalcanal & Tulagi (August 7-9, 1942)

Capture & Defense of Guadalcanal & Tulagi (Aug. 10, 1942-Feb. 8, 1943)

Battle of the Eastern Solomons (August 23-25, 1942)

New Georgia Group Operations (June 20-Aug. 31, 1943)

Gilbert Islands Operation (Nov. 3-Dec. 8, 1943)

Bismark Archipelago Operation (Jan. 1 & 4, 1944)

Marshall Islands Operation (Nov. 26, 1943-March 2, 1944)

Asiatic-Pacific Raids (Feb. 16-17, Feb. 21-22, March 30-April 1, April 29-May 1, 1944)

Hollandia Operation (April 21-June 1, 1944)

Marianas Operation (June 11-Aug. 10, 1944)

Leyte Operation (Nov. 13-Dec. 16, 1944)

Luzon Operation (Dec. 14, 1944-Jan. 22, 1945)

Iwo Jima Operation (Feb. 15-March 16, 1945)

Okinawa Gunto Operation (March 24-June 30, 1945)

Third Fleet Operations Against Japan (July 10-Aug. 15, 1945)