USS ‘Texas’ (BB-35)

Images of historic Battleship USS „Texas” (BB-35)

Present Location:
3523 Independence Parkway South
LaPorte, TX 77571

Name: USS Texas
Namesake: State of Texas
Ordered: 24 June 1910
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Company
Cost: $5,830,000
Laid down: 17 April 1911
Launched: 18 May 1912
Sponsored by: Claudia Lyon
Commissioned: 12 March 1914
Decommissioned: 21 April 1948
Struck: 30 April 1948
Nickname: Big T, Old T
Honors and
awards:
5 Battle Stars
Status: Museum ship at San Jacinto State Park

According to Wikipedia, USS „Texas” (BB-35) is a New York-class battleship launched on 18 May 1912 and commissioned on 12 March 1914.

Soon after her commissioning, USS „Texas” saw action in Mexican waters following the “Tampico Incident” and made numerous sorties into the North Sea during World War I. When the United States formally entered World War II in 1941, USS „Texas” escorted war convoys across the Atlantic, and later shelled Axis-held beaches for the North African campaign and the Normandy Landings before being transferred to the Pacific Theater late in 1944 to provide naval gunfire support during the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. USS „Texas” was decommissioned in 1948, having earned a total of five battle stars for service in World War II, and is now a museum ship near Houston, Texas.

Among the world’s remaining battleships, USS „Texas” is notable for being the only remaining dreadnought battleship, though she is not the oldest surviving battleship; Mikasa, a pre-dreadnought battleship ordered in 1898, is older than USS „Texas” . She is also noteworthy for being one of only six remaining ships to have served in both World Wars. Among US-built battleships, USS „Texas” is notable for her sizable number of firsts: the first US Navy vessel to house a permanently assigned contingent of US Marines, the first US battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns, the first US ship to control gunfire with directors and range-keepers (analog forerunners of today’s computers), the first US battleship to launch an aircraft, from a catapult on Turret 3, one of the first to receive the CXAM-1 version of CXAM production radar in the US Navy, the first US battleship to become a permanent museum ship, and the first battleship declared to be a US National Historic Landmark.

Official Website at Texas Parks & Wildlife website, please click here!


 

USS TEXAS 1

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com

USS TEXAS 2

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com

USS TEXAS 3

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com

USS TEXAS 4

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com

USS TEXAS 5

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com

USS TEXAS 6

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com

USS TEXAS 7

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com

USS TEXAS 8

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com

USS TEXAS 9

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com

USS TEXAS 10

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com

USS TEXAS 11

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com

USS TEXAS 13

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com

USS TEXAS 14

Historic Battleship launched in 1912 USS „Texas” at LaPorte, TX in the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. http://www.karatzas.com


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