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Antidote to d’s America-loathing screed… USS Arizona, second ship of the Pennsylvania class and fourth “standard type” American battleship, commissioned in October 1916. Arizona carried 12 14″ guns in 4 triple turrets, displaced 31000 tons, and could make 21 knots. Like most oil-fired American battleships, Arizona’s participation in World War I was limited. Although larger, […]
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USS Maryland represented the zenith of “standard type” US battleship development. The “standard type” ships had compatible speeds, turning circles, and armaments, allowing them to form a squadron that could operate as a cohesive unit. The last five of the twelve ships built to the standard type were referred to as the Big Five. Starting […]
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