Allied Warships

USS Alabama (BB 60)

Battleship of the South Dakota class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassSouth Dakota 
PennantBB 60 
Built byNorfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Apr 1939 
Laid down1 Feb 1940 
Launched16 Feb 1942 
Commissioned16 Aug 1942 
End service9 Jan 1947 

USS Alabama began her combat service augmenting the British Fleet protecting convoys on the "Murmansk Run" from England through the North Sea to Russia against German warships and aircraft. The ship transferred to the Pacific Fleet in August 1943, and earned 9 battle stars providing gunfire support for amphibious assaults on Japanese-held islands and protecting carrier task forces from air and surface attack. Alabama was credited with shooting down 22 Japanese planes. Her radar was the first to detect enemy bombers in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, at the unprecedented range of 190 miles. This warning enabled U.S. fighters and anti-aircraft gunners to destroy over 400 Japanese planes.

Decommissioned on 9 January 1947 and stricken on 1 June 1962. Alabama was "mothballed" in Bremerton, Washington until 11 June 1964, when she was transferred to the State of Alabama and towed 5,600 miles to become a memorial in Mobile.


Commands listed for USS Alabama (BB 60)

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1Capt. George Barry Wilson, USN16 Aug 194217 Mar 1943

2Vincent Raphael Murphy, Jr., USN12 Aug 194418 Jan 1945
3William Bernard Goggins, USN18 Jan 194526 Nov 1945
4Capt. Edward Harris Pierce, USN26 Nov 194512 Aug 1946

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