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Pennsylvania Class Battleship
608' x 97' x 28.8'
12 x 14" guns
22 x 5" guns
4 x 3" guns
2 x 21" torpedoes
USN Dec 7, 1941
Justin Taylan 2004
During the inter war years, operated from the Caribbean and California, and was modified and used for training exercises. During March 1929, U. S. President Herbert Hoover embarked on board the modernized battleship and sailed for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and returned to Hampton Roads, VA.
On September 30, 1940 returned to Long Beach, California overhauled at the Puget Sound Navy Yard at Bremerton, Washington until 1941 adding anti-aircraft guns. Afterwards, Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd took command.
Departed Bremerton, Washington and arrived at Pearl Harbor on February 3, 1941. Arizona resumed training exercises and on June 11, 1941 departed Pearl Harbor for Long Beach, CA then returned to Pearl Harbor on July 8, 1940 then continued exercises and training in the Hawaiian area. On October 27, 1941 Arizona again underwent a brief overhaul at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard adding the foundation for a search radar atop the foremast.
During the night of December 4, 1941 USS Arizona, USS Nevada and USS Oklahoma conducted a night training and live fire exercise then returned on December 5, 1941 entering berth F 7 at Pearl Harbor. On December 6, 1941 repair ship USS Vestal AR-4 moored alongside.
Shortly after 08:00, a B5N1 Kate from Kaga at high altitude dropped a bomb that hit the side of the no. 4 turret and glanced off into the deck below, starting a small fire but causing minimal damage. At 8:06am, an armor piercing bomb dropped by a B5N1 Kate from Hiryu hit between and to port of gun turrets no. 1 and no. 2. The bomb exploded and detonated the forward ammunition magazine causing an explosion that destroyed the forward part of the vessel. The explosion was recorded in a color cine footage.
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