Remains Of Battleship Uss Nevada Found off Oahu

HONOLULU, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — One of the last remaining legends of the World War II Pacific Fleet have finally been located. The U.S.S. Nevada was located under more than 15,400 feet of water off Oahu. Nevada was the only ship to get underway during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, but was beached after being struck by a torpedo and bombs. The ship, known by the hull classification number BB-36, was struck by a Japanese dive bomber off Okinawa in the waning days of World War II, a collision that killed 11 crew members. After World War II the Nevada was assigned to be a target for atomic tests off Bikini Atoll in 1946 and survived two blasts from a nuclear air burst designated Able and an underwater test called Baker. The Navy sunk the ship during target practice off Oahu in July 1948 with a barrage of surface gunfire, aerial bombs, rockets, and torpedoes.

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