Few People Know The Iconic USS Alabama (BB-60) Battleship In Alabama Was Actually Built In Virginia
When it comes to landmarks, Alabama is home to many. One of the state’s most iconic landmarks, which is visited by people from all around the world, is the USS ALABAMA (BB-60) battleship. To learn all about this historic battleship, take a look below.
The USS ALABAMA (BB-60) is a 35,000 ton South Dakota class battleship that was commissioned in 1942. It eventually became the home to a crew of 2,500 brave Americans.
This historic battleship served during World War II in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. It officially retired in 1962.
When word got out that the USS ALABAMA (BB-60) was going to be scrapped after retirement, money was quickly raised to help preserve it. Schoolchildren were responsible for raising most of this money.
This historic battleship was eventually relocated to Mobile Bay and has operated as a World War II museum since 1964. Thousands of people from all over the world visit this award-winning museum each year. In 1986, the USS ALABAMA (BB-60) was declared a National Historic Landmark.
What surprises most people about the USS ALABAMA (BB-60) is that it was actually built in Virginia at the Norfolk Navy Yard (pictured) in Portsmouth. The people building this battleship were also probably unaware that it would later become one of the most famous American ships of the World War II era.
The next time you're in the Mobile area, consider giving the USS ALABAMA (BB-60) a tour. From its massive size to its great history, this battleship will truly amaze you.
Have you ever toured the historic USS ALABAMA (BB-60)? If so, please share your experience with us in the comments below.
Another famous Alabama landmark is Bamahenge. To learn all about it, be sure to take a look at the following article:
Here’s The Story Behind The Massive Bamahenge Statue In Alabama.
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