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The names of commissioned ships of the United States Navy all start with USS, for United States Ship. Non-commissioned, primarily civilian-manned vessels of the U.S. Navy under the Military Sealift Command have names that begin with USNS, standing for United States Naval Ship. A letter-based hull classification symbol is used to designate a vessel's type. The names of ships are selected by the Secretary of the Navy. The names are those of states, cities, towns, important persons, important locations, famous battles, fish, and ideals. Usually, different types of ships have names originated from different types of sources.

Modern aircraft carriers and submarines use nuclear reactors for power. See United States naval reactors for information on classification schemes and the history of nuclear-powered vessels.

Modern cruisers, destroyers and frigates are called surface combatants and act mainly as escorts for aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, auxiliaries and civilian craft, but the largest ones have gained a land attack role through the use of cruise missiles and a population defense role through missile defense.

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Crewmen on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) form a message with five stars and "1890-1990" to celebrate the birth centennial of the ship's namesake

Crewmen on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Lauderdale State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Doug Hauser Release Status: Released to P... More

U.S.S. Connecticut

U.S.S. Connecticut

This is a photograph of the USS Connecticut (BB-18) with traditional masts. Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

U.S.S. Maine

U.S.S. Maine

This photograph shows the USS Maine in the dry docks. Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

U.S.S. Maine

U.S.S. Maine

This photograph shows the USS Maine in the dry docks. Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Dahlgren's Floating "Derrick"

Dahlgren's Floating "Derrick"

In this photograph the USS Dahlgren (Torpedo Boat Number 9/TB-9 which is Coast Torpedo Boat Number 4, 1917) is in the foreground and the crane in the background is the Dahlgren Floating "Derrick." Photographs o... More

Launching Ways

Launching Ways

This is a photograph of dry dock number 2, showing the west wall. It shows the hull of the USS Connecticut, Battleship Number 18 (1906-1922) under construction. Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Bu... More

U.S.S. Connecticut Launching

U.S.S. Connecticut Launching

This is a photograph of the USS Connecticut launching and a crowd of observers. Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Site of Dry Dock 4, From Building 131, Looking East

Site of Dry Dock 4, From Building 131, Looking East

In this photograph, the Four Stack Cruiser seen in the background is the USS Columbia (1894-1922), Cruiser #12. Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Dry Dock Number 2, Showing West Wall

Dry Dock Number 2, Showing West Wall

This is a photograph of dry dock number 2, showing the west wall. Visible is the stern of the USS Alabama, Battleship #8, (1900-1921). Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and V... More

Dry Dock Number 2, Showing West Wall

Dry Dock Number 2, Showing West Wall

This is a photograph of dry dock number 2, showing the west wall. Visible is the stern of the USS Alabama, Battleship #8, (1900-1921). Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and V... More

"Hercules" Placing Turret on Connecticut

"Hercules" Placing Turret on Connecticut

This is a photograph of the Crane Hercules placing a turret on the Battleship the USS Connecticut. Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Pier D, Monthly Progress Photo, Looking West, E. De.  V. Tompkins, Contactor

Pier D, Monthly Progress Photo, Looking West, E. De. V. Tompkins, Con...

The photograph also shows Battleship #30, the USS Florida under construction. Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Pier D, Monthly Progress Photo, Pile Caps, North End, Looking West, E. DeV. Tompkins, Contactor

Pier D, Monthly Progress Photo, Pile Caps, North End, Looking West, E....

The photograph also shows Battleship #30, the USS Florida under construction. Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Photograph of the Battleship USS Michigan at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Photograph of the Battleship USS Michigan

Photograph of the Battleship USS Michigan

Naval History Photographs (Bureau of Ships)

Dry Dock 4, First Vessel Docked, USS Utah

Dry Dock 4, First Vessel Docked, USS Utah

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

USS Utah - First Docking in Dry Dock Number 4

USS Utah - First Docking in Dry Dock Number 4

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

USS Utah - First Docking in Dry Dock Number 4

USS Utah - First Docking in Dry Dock Number 4

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

USS Utah - First Docking in Dry Dock Number 4

USS Utah - First Docking in Dry Dock Number 4

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

USS Utah - First Docking in Dry Dock Number 4

USS Utah - First Docking in Dry Dock Number 4

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

USS Utah - First Docking in Dry Dock Number 4

USS Utah - First Docking in Dry Dock Number 4

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, General View Looking South, USS North Dakota, Holbrook, Cabot and Rollins Corporation, Contractor

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, General View Looking South,...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, General View Looking South, USS North Dakota, Holbrook, Cabot and Rollins Corporation, Contractor

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, General View Looking South,...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, General View Looking South, USS North Dakota, Holbrook, Cabot and Rollins Corporation, Contractor

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, General View Looking South,...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Looking North From Building 41 (58) USS Arkansas, Yard Labor

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Looking North From Building...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Grading and Paving Around Dock, Looking North (USS Arkansas) Yard Labor - Uvalde Asphalt Company, Contractor

Dry Dock Number 4, Monthly Progress Photo, Grading and Paving Around D...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

In the trough of the Sea, USS Adams in tow of the USS Yorktown

In the trough of the Sea, USS Adams in tow of the USS Yorktown

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

In the trough of the Sea, USS Adams in tow of the USS Yorktown

In the trough of the Sea, USS Adams in tow of the USS Yorktown

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Monthly Progress Photo, Temporary Railroad into Building 28 (63-B) to Take Out Stack USS New York, Looking North, Yard Labor

Monthly Progress Photo, Temporary Railroad into Building 28 (63-B) to ...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

Monthly Progress Photo, Compressed Air Mains Extension on Ordnance Dock, Looking Northeast From Near Coal Plant, Yard Labor

Monthly Progress Photo, Compressed Air Mains Extension on Ordnance Doc...

This image is a monthly progress photo of a compressed air mains extension on ordnance dock, looking northeast from near the coal plant. The ship seen in the background is Armored Cruiser Number 11, the USS Wa... More

USS Constitution Stern

USS Constitution Stern

Construction and Launching of Ships

USS Constitution

USS Constitution

Construction and Launching of Ships

USS Arizona, Afloat, Navy Yard, New York

USS Arizona, Afloat, Navy Yard, New York

Construction and Launching of Ships

USS Arizona, Approaching End of Ways, Navy Yard, New York
USS Arizona, Afloat from Starboard Stand, Navy Yard, New York
USS Arizona, As Tugs Began to Tow, Navy Yard, New York
USS Arizona, Arrival of Sponsor, Navy Yard, New York

USS Arizona, Arrival of Sponsor, Navy Yard, New York

Construction and Launching of Ships

Monthly Progress Photo, Launching Ways For USS California, Looking North, Yard Labor

Monthly Progress Photo, Launching Ways For USS California, Looking Nor...

Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities, and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard

USS Arizona, Broadside View, Navy Yard, New York

USS Arizona, Broadside View, Navy Yard, New York

Construction and Launching of Ships

List of USS Arkansas Chief Petty Officers

List of USS Arkansas Chief Petty Officers

This image is of a list of USS Arkansas Chief Petty Officers. This list is in response to a letter from W. A. Mead requesting a list of officers who have a balance due on their accounts. This list includes th... More

Photograph of the SS Sacramento

Photograph of the SS Sacramento

Original caption: Photograph of S. S. Sacramento. Date: - June 11th L1918 [1918]. Nationality: - American. Tonnage: - 4856. Captain: - E. W. Cullen. Owners: - U. S. S. B. Where from: - Iquique, chili [Chile]. ... More

Photograph of the Starboard View of the SS Leersum

Photograph of the Starboard View of the SS Leersum

Original caption: Starboard View. Date: - August 19, 1918. Photograph Of S. S. Leersum. Nationality: - American (formally Dutch). Tonnage: - 3381. Captain: - S. N. Lyons. Owners: - U. S. S. B. From: - St. Thoma... More

Photograph of the Port View of the SS Leersum

Photograph of the Port View of the SS Leersum

Original caption: Port View. Date: - August 19, 1918. Photograph Of S. S. Leersum. Nationality: - American (formally Dutch). Tonnage: - 3381. Captain: - S. N. Lyons. Owners: - U. S. S. B. From: - St. Thomas. Is... More

USS Arizona, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

USS Arizona, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Construction and Launching of Ships

USS Prinz Eugen as part of the Crossroads Test Fleet in Bikini Lagoon

USS Prinz Eugen as part of the Crossroads Test Fleet in Bikini Lagoon

The USS Prinz Eugen was formerly a ship of the German navy and was awarded to the United States as a war prize after World War Two. It was then used in the test fleet during the Able Day and Baker Day atomic te... More

USS Arizona in March 1922

USS Arizona in March 1922

Construction and Launching of Ships

USS Arizona in March 1922

USS Arizona in March 1922

Construction and Launching of Ships

USS Arizona, Upon Completion of Modernization, Norfolk  Navy Yard Ports, Virginia Serial No. 144-31
USS Arizona, Upon Completion of Modernization, Norfolk Navy Yard Ports, Virginia Serial No. 143-31
USS Arizona, Upon Completion of Modernization, Norfolk Navy Yard Ports, Virginia, Serial No. 141-31
USS Arizona, Upon Completion of Modernization, Norfolk Navy Yard Ports, Virginia Serial No. 142-31
USS Arizona, Upon Completion of Modernization, Norfolk Navy Yard Ports, Virginia, Serial No. 140-31
Photograph of the Nose of the USS Akron being Attached, ca. 1933

Photograph of the Nose of the USS Akron being Attached, ca. 1933

Original Caption: Photograph of the Nose of the USS Akron being Attached, ca. 1933..U.S. National Archives’ HMS Record Entry ID: NWL-16051..Creator: U.S. Congress. Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible Disa... More

Photograph of a Oil Tank on the USS Akron, ca. 1933

Photograph of a Oil Tank on the USS Akron, ca. 1933

Original Caption: Photograph of a Oil Tank on the USS Akron, ca. 1933..U.S. National Archives’ HMS Record Entry ID: NWL-16051..Creator: U.S. Congress. Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible Disasters...Subje... More

Two Photograph of the Catwalk on the USS Akron, ca. 1933

Two Photograph of the Catwalk on the USS Akron, ca. 1933

Original Caption: Two Photograph of the Catwalk on the USS Akron, ca. 1933..U.S. National Archives’ HMS Record Entry ID: NWL-16051..Creator: U.S. Congress. Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible Disasters...... More

Photograph of the USS Akron in the Goodyear-Zeppelin Dock , ca. 1933

Photograph of the USS Akron in the Goodyear-Zeppelin Dock , ca. 1933

Original Caption: Photograph of the USS Akron in the Goodyear-Zeppelin Dock , ca. 1933..U.S. National Archives’ HMS Record Entry ID: NWL-16051..Creator: U.S. Congress. Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible ... More

From the Hampton Roads Naval Museum Flickr page. A

From the Hampton Roads Naval Museum Flickr page. A

From the Hampton Roads Naval Museum Flickr page. A view of the USS Bagley dated September 3, 1936 after launching.

Commanding Officer Charles V. Gordon of the USS Tigrone

Commanding Officer Charles V. Gordon of the USS Tigrone

Original caption: Cdr. Charles V. Gordon, USN. C.O. USS Tigrone (SSR 419). Correspondence Concerning Ships

View from the USS Sculpin of the Raising of the Pontoons Attached to the Bow of the USS Squalus
Raising of the Pontoons Attached to the Stern of the USS Squalus
View from the USS Sculpin of the Raising of the Pontoons Attached to the Bow of the USS Squalus
Aerial View of the Rescue Operation of the USS Squalus
DD-402 USS Mayrant

DD-402 USS Mayrant

This photograph depicts the 1500 ton McCall class, DD-402 USS Mayrant, built by Boston Navy Yard. Administrative History of the First Naval District in World War II

Mrs. Alan G. Kirk, Sponsor, Rear Admiral Thomas Withers, U.S. Navy, and Mrs. James D. Grant, Matron of Honor, at Launching of USS Toro (SS 422) at Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Mrs. Alan G. Kirk, Sponsor, and Mrs. James D. Grant, Matron of Honor, at the Launching of the USS Toro (SS 422), Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
DD-425 USS Madison

DD-425 USS Madison

This photograph shows the 1630 ton Benson Class, DD-425 USS Madison, which was built by Boston Navy Yard. Administrative History of the First Naval District in World War II

Launching Party at Launching of U.S. Submarine Grenadier

Launching Party at Launching of U.S. Submarine Grenadier

Original caption: Navy Yard Portsmouth, N.H. Launching Party at Launching of U.S. Submarine Grenadier (210), Mrs. Walter S. Anderson, Sponsor, Nov. 29, 1940 SS 210 USS Grenadier Launching

Mrs. Walter S. Anderson

Mrs. Walter S. Anderson

Original caption: Mrs. Walter S. Anderson, Sponsor for U.S. Submarine Grenadier, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH. SS 210 USS Grenadier Launching

Launching Party at Launching of U.S. Submarine Marlin

Launching Party at Launching of U.S. Submarine Marlin

Original caption: Navy Yard Portsmouth, N.H. Launching Party at Launching of U.S. Submarine Marlin (205), Mrs. John D. Wainwright, Sponsor, Miss Jane A. Breakey, Maid of Honor, Jan. 29, 1941. SS 205 USS Marlin Launching

Mrs. John D. Wainwright

Mrs. John D. Wainwright

Original caption: Mrs. John D. Wainwright, sponsor for U.S. Submarine Marlin, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH. SS 205 USS Marlin Launching

Launching of USS Flying Fish

Launching of USS Flying Fish

This photograph is of the USS Flying Fish leaving the dock. SS 229 USS Flying Fish Launching

USS Wilkes in the Boston Navy Yard

USS Wilkes in the Boston Navy Yard

Formerly Security Classified Correspondence Concerning Ships

USS Wilkes in the Boston Navy Yard

USS Wilkes in the Boston Navy Yard

Formerly Security Classified Correspondence Concerning Ships

USS Wilkes in the Boston Navy Yard

USS Wilkes in the Boston Navy Yard

Formerly Security Classified Correspondence Concerning Ships

Mrs. Adolphus E. Watson

Mrs. Adolphus E. Watson

Original caption: Mrs. Adolphus E. Watson, sponsor for U.S. Submarine Finback Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH. SS 230 USS Finback Launching

Launching of USS Finback

Launching of USS Finback

This photograph is of USS Finback leaving the dock. SS 230 USS Finback Launching

Mrs. Adolphus E. Watson, Sponsor, and Mrs. Alexander Liggett, Maid of Honor

Mrs. Adolphus E. Watson, Sponsor, and Mrs. Alexander Liggett, Maid of ...

Original caption: Mrs. Adolphus E. Watson, sponsor, and Mrs. Alexander Liggett, Maid of Honor of U.S. Submarine Finback, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH. SS 230 USS Finback Launching

Mrs. William Henry Allen, Sponsor, and Mrs. J. A. Rossell, Maid of Honor

Mrs. William Henry Allen, Sponsor, and Mrs. J. A. Rossell, Maid of Hon...

Original caption: Mrs. William Henry Allen, sponsor, and Mrs. J.A. Rossell, Maid of Honor of U.S. Submarine Haddock, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH. SS 231 USS Haddock Launching

USS New Orleans Display at Forget Me Not Florists
USS Colorado Display at Puget Sound Power & Light Co.
Photograph of USS Shaw in Drydock

Photograph of USS Shaw in Drydock

Original caption: Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. USS Shaw (DD373) lies in drydock YFD-2 after being hit by three bombs which exploded her forward magazine. Part of the drydock at right is under water while ... More

Photograph of USS California after the Pearl Harbor Attack

Photograph of USS California after the Pearl Harbor Attack

Original caption: USS California (BB 44) lists in the harbor at Pearl Harbor, T.H., Dec. 7 1941, after the Japanese attack. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Joseph and Edith Susnir and RADM Stanley J. Anderson, commander, Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, prepare to cut the ribbon during ceremonies to mark the opening of the shoreside visitors center for the new USS ARIZONA Memorial Museum

Joseph and Edith Susnir and RADM Stanley J. Anderson, commander, Naval...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 John H. Wright Release Status: Released to Pu... More

Photograph of Burning and Damaged Ships at Pearl Harbor

Photograph of Burning and Damaged Ships at Pearl Harbor

Original caption: Burning and damaged ships at Pearl Harbor result of Japanese attack, Dec. 7 1941. L. to R. USS Arizona, USS Tennessee, and USS West Virginia. ... More

Photograph of the USS Phoenix after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Phoenix after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbo...

Original caption: The USS Phoenix (CL46) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Oglala Capsized and Sinking after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Oglala Capsized and Sinking after the Japanese A...

Original caption: The USS Oglala (CM4) capsized and sinking after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pea...

Original caption: The USS Arizona (BB39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the Capsized USS Oklahoma and the USS Maryland after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the Capsized USS Oklahoma and the USS Maryland after the...

Original caption: The capsized USS Oklahoma (BB37) and the USS Maryland (BB46) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941 General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the Capsized USS Oklahoma and the USS Maryland after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the Capsized USS Oklahoma and the USS Maryland after the...

Original caption: The capsized USS Oklahoma (BB37) and the USS Maryland (BB46) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941 General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of Damaged Ships after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of Damaged Ships after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: Damaged ships after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. The USS Cassin (DD372) and the USS Downes (DD375) in Drydock No. 1. General Photographic File o... More

Photograph of the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pea...

Original caption: The USS Arizona (BB39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of Burning Oil from Shattered Fuel Tanks during Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of Burning Oil from Shattered Fuel Tanks during Japanese At...

Original caption: Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Burning oil from shattered fuel tanks through the smoke of which are barely visible a damaged U.S. battleship and the capsized USS Oklahoma. General Pho... More

Photograph of the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Arizona Burning after the Japanese Attack on Pea...

Original caption: The USS Arizona (BB39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Arizona, the USS Tennessee, and the USS West Virginia after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Arizona, the USS Tennessee, and the USS West Vir...

Original caption: Left to right, the USS Arizona (BB39), the USS Tennessee (BB43), and the USS West Virginia (BB45), after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photograph... More

Photograph of the USS Nevada after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Nevada after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Original caption: The USS Nevada (BB36) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. Moving to position away from enflamed ships. Foreground salvage and rescue tugs gun crews in action. ... More

Photograph of the USS Shaw in Floating Drydock after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Shaw in Floating Drydock after the Japanese Atta...

Original caption: The USS Shaw (DD373) in floating drydock after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of the USS Arizona after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS Arizona after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbo...

Original caption: The USS Arizona (BB39) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Photograph of Japanese Planes in Action Over Pearl Harbor

Photograph of Japanese Planes in Action Over Pearl Harbor

Original caption: Japanese planes in action over Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. The USS Narwhal (SS167) in foreground was not hit. General Photographic File of the D... More

Photograph of the Capsized USS Utah and the USS Raleigh in the Background after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the Capsized USS Utah and the USS Raleigh in the Backgro...

Original caption: The capsized USS Utah (AG16), and the USS Raleigh (CL7) in the background after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. General Photographic File of t... More

Photograph of the USS California after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Photograph of the USS California after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Ha...

Original caption: The USS California (BB44) after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7 1941. Abandoning ship. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

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