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USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)


The USS Pennsylvania served as lead ship of the two-strong class of battleships that included its sister - the USS Arizona.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 11/1/2018
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Year: 1916
Ships-in-Class: 2
Named Ships: USS Pennsylvania (BB-38); USS Arizona (BB-39)
Complement: 1200
Length: 608 ft (185.32 m)
Width: 97 ft (29.57 m)
Height: 29 ft (8.84 m)
Displacement (Surface): 32,000 tons
Propulsion: 12 x Babcock boilers (later 1 x Bureau and 5 x White Forster boilers); 4 x steam turbines developing 32,000 shaft horsepower to 4 x shafts.
Speed (Surface): 21 kts (24 mph)
Range: 9,298 nm (10,700 miles; 17,220 km)
Operators: United States


As Commissioned:
12 x 14" (360mm) /45 caliber guns, four guns across three turrets.
14 x 5" (127mm) /51 caliber guns
4 x 3" (76mm) /23 caliber anti-aircraft guns
2 x 21" (530mm) torpedo tubes

WW2 Service:
12 x 14" (360mm) /45 caliber guns, four guns across three turrets.
14 x 5" (127mm) /51 caliber guns
12 x 5" (127mm) /25 caliber anti-aircraft guns
4 x 3-pounder (47mm) salute guns guns

Air Wing

2 x Floatplane Aircraft
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