USS Alabama (BB 60)
Battleship of the South Dakota class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Norfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||1 Apr 1939|
|Laid down||1 Feb 1940|
|Launched||16 Feb 1942|
|Commissioned||16 Aug 1942|
|End service||9 Jan 1947|
USS Alabama began her combat service augmenting the British Fleet protecting convoys on the "Murmansk Run" from England through the North Sea to Russia against German warships and aircraft. The ship transferred to the Pacific Fleet in August 1943, and earned 9 battle stars providing gunfire support for amphibious assaults on Japanese-held islands and protecting carrier task forces from air and surface attack. Alabama was credited with shooting down 22 Japanese planes. Her radar was the first to detect enemy bombers in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, at the unprecedented range of 190 miles. This warning enabled U.S. fighters and anti-aircraft gunners to destroy over 400 Japanese planes.
Decommissioned on 9 January 1947 and stricken on 1 June 1962. Alabama was "mothballed" in Bremerton, Washington until 11 June 1964, when she was transferred to the State of Alabama and towed 5,600 miles to become a memorial in Mobile.
Commands listed for USS Alabama (BB 60)
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|1||Capt. George Barry Wilson, USN||16 Aug 1942||17 Mar 1943|
|2||Vincent Raphael Murphy, Jr., USN||12 Aug 1944||18 Jan 1945|
|3||William Bernard Goggins, USN||18 Jan 1945||26 Nov 1945|
|4||Capt. Edward Harris Pierce, USN||26 Nov 1945||12 Aug 1946|
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