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While in Mobile, I took some time to visit the USS Alabama, USS Drum, and the Aviation Pavilion at USS Alamaba Battleship Memorial Park. As I described it to my son, via a text-messaged image, “History Channel Heaven!”
The keel of the USS Alabama was laid in February, 1940, and she was was launched in February of the following year--just two months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Alabama sailed in the North Atlantic until the Summer of 1943, when she joined the Pacific Fleet, and participated in bombardments of Japanese strongholds.
Designated BB-60, she earned 9 Battle Stars, and shot down 22 Japanese planes.
She was home to 2,500 crewmen, and could move her 42,500-ton mass through the water at 28-knots (32mph).
Interior view of 9-inch gun turret on USS Alabama
Combined, Alabama’s guns could propel 24,300-pounds of lethal metal at the enemy in less than a minute. One description stated the guns were so accurate they could hit a dime…but you wouldn’t be able to find the dime!Interior view of USS Alabama 9-inch gun turret, showing "inspirational artwork" applied to the breach of the barrel
Hurricane Katrina caused the ship to list (lean) 8-degrees, which has been corrected to only 3-degrees. Such nuances are swallowed by the ship’s massive deck and superstructure.
If you have a copy of the Steven Segal film, "Under Siege," a fictional story about terrorists hijacking the USS Missouri, you're really seeing the USS Alabama, where the film was shot.
Tomorrow, I want to tell you the story of a very interesting warbird that's parked abeam of USS Alabama.
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