USS Utah (AG 16)
Battleship of the Florida class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Mod||Target / training ship|
|Built by||New York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||9 Mar 1909|
|Launched||23 Dec 1909|
|Commissioned||31 Aug 1911|
|Lost||7 Dec 1941|
USS Utah (Cmdr James Mortimer Steele) was at Pearl Harbour on 7 Dec 1941 she took a torpedo hit almost right away and sank at her quay.
30 officers and 431 men survived and 64 men died. Her wreck is still at Pearl Harbour.
This ship was obsolete at the time and was used as a target ships for many years prior to the attack. In fact, the japanese pilots had been instructed to ignore her for more worthy targets at Pearl Harbour.
Utah's career as both a battleship and target ship spanned three decades and included nationally significant service with international implications, including the American landings at Veracruz, Mexico in 1914, and World War I service. Utah's alteration from battleship to auxiliary ship (target and gunnery training) because of conditions dictated by the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 was part of a disarmament program with a considerable impact on the U.S. Navy, as well as many other nations' navies. Japanese disappointment over the Treaty contributed to sentiments leading to the outbreak of World War II.
Commands listed for USS Utah (AG 16)
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|1||Capt. James Mortimer Steele, USN||1 Jul 1941||7 Dec 1941 (1)|
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