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What was the name of the third Alaska-class Battlecruiser? (I remembered just the name and nothing else; now I noticed in Garzke & Dulin she had been 85% complete! might've become the first guided-missile capital ship etc.)

P.S. Sorry if the question is too easy :)
 

kwaigonegin

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What was the name of the third Alaska-class Battlecruiser? (I remembered just the name and nothing else; now I noticed in Garzke & Dulin she had been 85% complete! might've become the first guided-missile capital ship etc.)

P.S. Sorry if the question is too easy :)
Too hard.. w/o cheating LOL unless someone here is a naval historian of WWII battleships.
 

Jeff Head

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What was the name of the third Alaska-class Battlecruiser? (I remembered just the name and nothing else; now I noticed in Garzke & Dulin she had been 85% complete! might've become the first guided-missile capital ship etc.)

P.S. Sorry if the question is too easy :)
Well, there were going to actually be six of them: Here they are with their full status:

USS Alaska, CB-1
Laid down - 17 December 1941
Launched - 15 August 1943
Commissioned - 17 June 1944
Fate - Broken up at Newark, 1961

USS Guam, CB-2
Laid Down - February 1942
LAunched - 12 November 1943
Commissioned - 17 September 1944
Fate - Broken up at Baltimore, 1961

USS Hawaii CB-3
Laid down - 20December 1943
Lauinched - 3 November 1945
Fate - Broken up at Baltimore, 1960

USS Philippines, CB-4
Cancelled June 1943

USS Puerto Rico, CB-5
Cancelled June 1943

USS Samoa, CB-6
Cancelled June 1943

So the answer to your question is that number three was going to be the USS Hawaii. After the war, when she had already been launched, she was actually considered for four different conversions.

1. A Guided Missile crusier
2. A Guided Ballistic Missile cruiser for nuclear armed ballistic and cruise missiles.
3. A large command ship
4. A Polaris missile launcher, stripped of guns and carrying 20 Polaris missiles.

None were undertaken and she was ultimately broken up in 1960.

The Alaska class battle cruisers were essentiuall smaller versions of the Iwoa class battleships with nine 12" guns instead of nine 16" guns, and without the tapered bow hull form.

Here is the USS Missouri and the USS Alaska docked next to each other for comparison:

USS_Missouri_(BB-63)_and_USS_Alaska_(CB-1)_at_Norfolk,_Virginia,_1944.jpg

She would have been the first USS Hawaii. As it is, we now have the actual first USS HAwaii in service and she is a Virginia class SSN, SSN-776, the third in class behind the USS Virginia and the USS Texas.

Here's the USS Hawaii, SSN-776.

USS-Hawaii-Ends-Western-Pacific-Deployment-1024x601.jpg
 
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(it should be a high res picture: if you decided to participate, you might need to click on it :) I'm seeing the option "Click this image to show the full-size version." in a grey banner in the middle-top)
 

Jeff Head

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Been a long time.

Here's one to maybe get the quiz thread restarted.

In early 1991, four US aircraft carriers operated together in Opertion Desert Strom. Here's a picture of all four. Can you tell me which carriers they are?

Battle_Force_Zulu_carriers.jpg
 

duncanidaho

Junior Member
Been a long time.

Here's one to maybe get the quiz thread restarted.

In early 1991, four US aircraft carriers operated together in Opertion Desert Strom. Here's a picture of all four. Can you tell me which carriers they are?

View attachment 39240
I would say:

Upper left: CV-41 USS Midway
Bottom left: CV-61 USS Ranger
Upper right: CVN-71 USS Theodore Roosevelt
Bottom right: CV-66 USS America
 

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