Allied Warships

USS Washington (BB 56)

Battleship of the North Carolina class

USS Washington just after the war ended.

NavyThe US Navy
ClassNorth Carolina 
PennantBB 56 
Built byPhiladelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down14 Jun 1938 
Launched1 Jun 1940 
Commissioned15 May 1941 
End service27 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.
Stricken 1 June 1960.
Sold 24 May 1961 to be broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Washington (BB 56)

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1Capt. Howard Hartwell James Benson, USN15 May 194125 Jul 1942 (1)
2Capt. Glenn Benson Davis, USN25 Jul 194227 Apr 1943
3Capt. James Edward Maher, USN27 Apr 194323 Apr 1944
4Capt. Thomas Ross Cooley, USN23 Apr 194416 Nov 1944 (1)
5Roscoe Fletcher Good, USN16 Nov 19443 Jun 1945
6Capt Francis Xavier McInerney, USN3 Jun 1945

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