USS California: Champion in Peace and War

25th December 2012, 16:09
A frequent pre-war winner of the Navy's coveted Iron Man trophy, the crew of the battleship California (BB-44) proved after Pearl Harbor that even Japan's biggest bombs couldn't keep a good ship down.

Though it was as much a blow to America's national pride as it was a military defeat, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 could easily have been far more disastrous than it really was.

That the United States Navy lost eight battleships in one telling appeared to be a monumental setback to the country's Naval arm. However, in reality, only two of these ships would never steam again. All the others eventually were repaired and returned to service.

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20th January 2013, 02:21
Good story of a fine ship. She was 1 of 5 of those Prewar battleships to survive until 1959.

Photo of her in mothballs here:

Some really good photos!