USS Washington (BB 56)
Battleship of the North Carolina class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Philadelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||14 Jun 1938|
|Launched||1 Jun 1940|
|Commissioned||15 May 1941|
|End service||27 Jun 1947|
Operated with the Royal Navy in European waters early in 1942, then transferred to the Pacific 28 August 1942. Operated in the Pacific for the remainder of WWII, mainly in support of the fast carrier forces. Also saw limited shore bombardment duty. Destroyed the Japanese battlecruiser Kirishima in a night gun action off Guadalcanal, 15 November 1942. Lost her bow in a collision with Indiana 1 February 1944; repaired at Puget Sound Navy Yard.
Decommissioned 27 June 1947.
Commands listed for USS Washington (BB 56)
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|1||Capt. Howard Hartwell James Benson, USN||15 May 1941||25 Jul 1942 (1)|
|2||Capt. Glenn Benson Davis, USN||25 Jul 1942||27 Apr 1943|
|3||Capt. James Edward Maher, USN||27 Apr 1943||23 Apr 1944|
|4||Capt. Thomas Ross Cooley, USN||23 Apr 1944||16 Nov 1944 (1)|
|5||Roscoe Fletcher Good, USN||16 Nov 1944||3 Jun 1945|
|6||Capt Francis Xavier McInerney, USN||3 Jun 1945|
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