USS Tennessee (BB-43) and USS California (BB-44) sharing a dry dock, workers were prepping the two for mothballs.
To the left side, are USS Detroit (CL-8) (inboard) and USS Trenton (CL-11) (outboard). Next to the two cruisers might "possibly" be barbettes from the Illinois (BB-65). Below them are HMS Rupert (DE-96) outboard of USS Olympia, and HMS Berry (DE-3).
Behind them is USS South Dakota (BB-57), she was already deactivated.
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A U.S. Navy Vought OS2U Kingfisher taxis towards the recovery sled for recovery by the battleship USS South Dakota (BB-57) on 29, April 1943. Note the signalman with flags on board the ship. 'South Dakota' was operating in the North Atlantic at that time.
"...... South Dakota was back at sea on 25 February 1943, and following sea trials, operated with the USS Ranger in the North Atlantic until mid-April.
"The Vought OS2U Kingfisher is an American catapult-launched observation floatplane. It was a compact mid-wing monoplane, with a large central float and small stabilizing floats. Performance was modest because of its light engine. The OS2U could also operate on fixed, wheeled, taildragger landing gear.
The OS2U was the main shipboard observation aircraft used by the United States Navy during World War II, and 1,519 of the aircraft were built. It served on battleships and cruisers of the US Navy, with the United States Marine Corps in Marine Scouting Squadron Three (VMS-3), with the United States Coast Guard at coastal air stations, at sea with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, and with the Soviet Navy. The Royal Australian Air Force also operated a few Kingfishers from shore bases."
Source - U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 2004.166.002.005
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, 1944. The mighty League Island Hammerhead Crane is shown with USS Wilkes-Barre (CL-103), USS South Dakota (BB-57), and the Essex-class USS Princeton (CV-37, nearing completion) https://ift.tt/3nEXHoE
14 July 1945: The Japanese Home Islands get hit by BIG MAMIE and her sisters in the first bombardment operation by US Navy ships in WW2 on Japan proper.
USS Massachusetts BB-59 was detached from her Task Force to form TG 34.8.1. with USS Indiana BB-58, USS South Dakota BB-57, two heavy cruisers and nine destroyers.
The ships are sent to bombard the industrial complex in Kamaishi that included the Japan Iron Co. and the Kamaishi Steel Works; this complex was Japan's second-largest iron and steel manufacturing center.
Image1: As seen from South Dakota (BB-57), Indiana (BB-58) is the nearest ship, followed by Massachusetts (BB-59) and Cruisers Chicago (CA-136) and Quincy (CA-71) bringing up the rear as they form a battleline formation.