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BATTLESHIP TEXAS

The TEXAS is the last of the battleships, patterned after HMS Dreadnought, that participated in World War (WW) I and II.
She was launched on May 18, 1912 from Newport News, Virginia.
When the USS TEXAS was commissioned on March 12,1914, she was the most powerful weapon in the world.
In 1916, TEXAS became the first U.S. battleship to mount antiaircraft guns and the first to control gunfire with directors
and range-keepers, analog forerunners of today's computers.
In 1919, TEXAS became the first U.S. battleship to launch an aircraft.
In 1925, the TEXAS underwent major modifications.
She was converted to oil-fired boilers, tripod masts and a single stack were added to the main deck,
and the 5" guns that bristled from her sides were reduced
in number and moved to the main deck to minimize problems with heavy weather and high seas.
Blisters were also added as protection against torpedo attack.
The TEXAS received the first commercial radar in the US Navy in 1939.
New antiaircraft batteries, fire control and communication equipment allowed the ship to remain an aging but powerful unit in the US naval fleet.
In 1940, Texas was designated flagship of US Atlantic Fleet. The First Marine Division was founded aboard the TEXAS early in 1941.
In April 21, 1948 the Texas was decommissioned.

The TEXAS holds the distinguished designation of a National Historic Landmark and a National Mechanical Engineering Landmark.
Big Guns
Big Guns
Newport News 1913
Newport News 1913
Anchor Chain
Anchor Chain
San Jacinto Monument From the Deck
San Jacinto Monument From the Deck
San Jacinto Monument from the Battleship Deck
San Jacinto Monument from the Battleship Deck
Battleship Texas - Ships Bell
Battleship Texas - Ships Bell
5/51 Secondary Guns
5"/51 Secondary Guns
Shells
Shells
Sights
Sights
Sailors Cap
Sailors Cap
Radar Room
Radar Room
Radar Room
Radar Room
Gadgets
Gadgets
Green Blankets
Green Blankets
Ship's Barbershop
Ship's Barbershop
Ship's Barbershop
Ship's Barbershop
Power Supply
Power Supply
Admiral's Cabin
Admiral's Cabin
Officer's Quarters - Desk
Officer's Quarters - Desk
Aft or Infirmary?
Aft or Infirmary?
Ship Infirmary
Ship Infirmary
Cafeteria - Mess Line
Cafeteria - Mess Line
Cafeteria - Mess Line
Cafeteria - Mess Line
Ship's Bakery
Ship's Bakery
Doing KP in the Ship's Scullery
Doing KP in the Ship's Scullery
Crew Galley - Stoves
Crew Galley - Stoves
Valves
Valves
Crew Washroom
Crew Washroom
Ward Room Electrical
Ward Room Electrical
Officer's Lounge
Officer's Lounge
Con, Cage and Cannons
Con, Cage and Cannons
San Jacinto Monument from the Battleship Deck
San Jacinto Monument from the Battleship Deck
Quad 40mm Anti Aircraft Guns
Quad 40mm Anti Aircraft Guns
Sights
Sights
Ride
Ride
Battleship Texas  Silhouette
Battleship Texas Silhouette
With You Always
With You Always
Nimitz Flagship
Nimitz Flagship