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USS Nevada – BB 36 – Battle of Normandy

USS Nevada – BB 36

Index of Allied warships during Operation Neptune

History, technical sheet and photo

Image : USS Nevada

USS Nevada history

USS Nevada entered active service in the US Navy, U.S. Navy, during the First World War. With a length of 178 meters and 2,200 crew members, this building marks the entry of the United States into the yard of the great modern maritime powers. During the Interwar years, from 1928, it was modernized and received new armaments.

Image : L'USS Nevada à Pearl Harbor le 7 décembre 1941 USS Nevada at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. (Photo: US National Archives)

When the war broke out again in Europe and then in the world, USS Nevada was based in the Pearl Harbor archipelago where it was caught under the bombs and torpedoes of Japanese planes on December 7, 1941. Despite the numerous damage and destruction, it is bailed out and repaired. Just over two years later, in May 1943, it returned to active duty in the Pacific before being deployed to the North Atlantic where it participated in escorting sea convoys.

Image : L'USS Nevada ouvre le feu dans le secteur d'Utah Beach le 6 juin 1944. USS Nevada opened fire in the Utah Beach area on June 6, 1944. (Photo: US National Archives)

Deployed as flagship during Operation Neptune on June 6, 1944, it participated in the protection of the U force and then in the bombardment of the Utah beach. Its shots are concentrated in particular on the batteries of Azeville and Saint-Marcouf. During the Battle of Normandy, USS Nevada bombarded the batteries of Cherbourg, supporting the American land forces attacking the city.

Image : L'USS Nevada ouvre le feu dans le secteur d'Utah Beach le 6 juin 1944. USS Nevada opened fire in the Utah Beach area on June 6, 1944. (Photo: US National Archives)

After the Battle of Normandy, it participated in the support operations in the Mediterranean sea before returning to the Pacific to lead the last battles marking the end of the Second World War.

USS Nevada technical sheet

Creator/User: United States of America
Denomination: BB 36 – U.S.S. Nevada
Class: Nevada-class battleship

Crew: 2,200 sailors

Armament (1944): 10x 356 mm guns, 10x 127 mm guns, 8x 40 mm anti-aircraft guns, 28x 20 mm guns, 4x 533 mm torpedo tubes

Displacement: 30,500 tons
Speed: 20,5 knots
Length: 178 m
Beam: 26 m
Draught: 8,7 m

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