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USS Indiana (BB-58), a South Dakota-class battleship, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy named in honour of the 19th state. Her keel was laid down on 20 November 1939 by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company of Newport News, Virginia. She was launched on 21 November 1941 sp

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At 680 feet long and 35,000 tons, and armed with nine 16-inch and ten 5-inch guns, one couldn't really describe these South Dakota class battleships as "mini"; perhaps "compact" or "efficient" might be better terms. Compared with the preceding North Carolina class battleships, these ships undoubtedly can be said to have packed the same firepower and protection into a more compact package. Although we'll never know how these battleships would have fared against the German Bismarck class, because they never met, the fact is that the only battleships in the world that actually out-gunned these ships were Japan's two enormous Yamato class battleships.
 

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Actually, the follow-on 'Iowa' class featured a higher-powered 16"/.50 rifle that was the better of the 16"/.45 in the 'North Carolina' and 'South Dakota' classes. Considering the faster rate of fire and better fire control, the main battery of the 'Iowa' was probably at least equal to that of the 'Yamato'. However, though well protected the 'Iowas' were under-armored...the traditional protection against its own caliber of main gun wasn't provided for until the stillborn (and considerably slower) 'Montana' class.
 

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