Skip to content

Check Six: USS Arizona – 88 years ago

December 6, 2019

The USS Arizona (shown above) as she appeared after a comprehensive modernization in 1929–1931 at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia.

USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship built for the United States Navy in the mid-1910s. Named in honor of the 48th state’s recent admission into the union, the ship was the second and last of the Pennsylvania class of “super-dreadnought” battleships. 

Although commissioned in 1916, the ship remained stateside during World War I. Shortly after the end of the war, Arizona was one of a number of American ships that briefly escorted President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference. 

The ship was sent to Turkey in 1919 at the beginning of the Greco-Turkish War to represent American interests for several months. Several years later, she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet and remained there for the rest of her career.

From → History

Comments are closed.