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The first new battleships built for the U.S. Navy since 1923. These ships were "treaty battleships" in that they did not exceed 35,000 tons. They were not as heavily armored as some other nations battleships, but their excellent weaponry made up for this shortcoming

 

Vital Statistics

Commissioned April 9, 1941
Length:
713'5" wl,  728'9" oa
Extreme Beam: 
108'4"
Mean Draught: 
31'7 normal, 35'6" maximum
Displacement:
36,600 tons standard, 44,800 tons full load

Complement: 2,500 men
Speed:  28 knots

 

1999 The Battleship USS North Carolina Commission
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