The battleship USS Arkansas was the third ship of the United States Navy to bear the name of the 25th state

USS Arkansas BB-33 - click to enlarge

USS Arkansas BB-33

Brief History of 'the Arky'

Built by the New York Ship Building Corp., Camden, New Jersey.

Keel laid in January 25, 1910; launched in January 14, 1911; commissioned in September 1912.

The Wyoming Class

Though classified as a "Wyoming" class vessel, the "Arky" was actually laid down, built and launched before her sister ship the USS Wyoming (which was built in Philadelphia.) These two were the only two ships built of the "Wyoming" class design.

The Atomic "Able" & "Baker" tests

Survived the first nuclear explosion test on July 1, 1946, called "Able," as part of Operation Crossroads held at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific Ocean (about 2,400 miles south-west from Honolulu). The "Able" test was an airborne detonation at 528 feet. The "Arky" sank on July 25, 1946, during the second nuclear test, called "Baker" which was a submerged detonation from 90 feet below. The Arkansas now rests upside down in 170 feet of water in the Bikini Atoll lagoon. Read about "Operation Crossroads" at Wikipedia here. Also see the NSA page on The Able and Baker tests here.

USS Arkansas Awards

Four battle star commendations during WWII


Displacement standard tons: 26,000
Fully Loaded Tons: 27,243

Wartime allotment: 1,594
Flagship allotment: 1,663

Length: 554 feet along waterline; 562 feet deck to deck

Read more on the BIO page

Arky: The Saga of the USS Arkansas

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