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Mon May 11, 2020, 12:17 PM

'Iconic' USS Nevada located under 15.4K feet of ocean near Pearl Harbor

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'Iconic' USS Nevada located under 15.4K feet of ocean near Pearl Harbor

By Glenn Puit Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 11, 2020 - 5:55 am

Updated May 11, 2020 - 8:33 am

A private underwater search firm has located the USS Nevada some 65 nautical miles southwest of Pearl Harbor and more than 15,400 feet from the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

The USS Nevada was one of the U.S. Navy's longest-serving battleships. It was sunk from damage inflicted during the battle of Pearl Harbor, killing 50 crew members. It was subsequently salvaged and returned to service.

The ship took part in the D-Day landings and participated in the operations in the Pacific, including the invasion of Okinawa. After World War II, it served as a target ship in the first Bikini atomic experiments. The USS Nevada was also used as a target in training and sunk by an aerial torpedo on July 31, 1948.

The underwater search firm SEARCH Inc. issued a news release Monday, stating it made the discovery with a marine robotics company called Ocean Infinity. The partners used a vessel called Pacific Constructor.

"Nevada is an iconic ship that speaks to American resilience and stubbornness," said Dr. James Delgado, SEARCH's senior vice president. "Rising from its watery grave after being sunk at Pearl Harbor, it survived torpedoes, bombs, shells and two atomic blasts. The physical reality of the ship, resting in the darkness of the great museum of the sea, reminds us not only of past events, but of those who took up the challenge of defending the United States in two global wars."

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Read more: https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/iconic-uss-nevada-located-under-15-4k-feet-of-ocean-near-pearl-harbor-2025527/



The USS Nevada was one of the U.S. Navy’s longest serving battleships


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Reply 'Iconic' USS Nevada located under 15.4K feet of ocean near Pearl Harbor (Original post)
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 12:32 PM

1. The backstory is cool. The ship went through just about everything.

They finally had to put her under for safety reasons.

Remembering the USS Nevada’s daring run for the sea during attack on Pearl Harbor

By KEITH ROGERS LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
December 5, 2016 - 4:41 am

The USS Nevada was “defended by teenagers” when it was strafed, bombed and torpedoed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. But the steel in the souls of those young men helped them pull off one of the most storied maneuvers in maritime military history.

The story of the Nevada’s improbable run for the sea 75 years ago on Wednesday – it was the only U.S. battleship that managed to get underway during the attack — is not only about the valor of her crew, however.

The state’s “Battle Born” namesake was herself a warrior for the ages: The World War I-vintage battleship not only survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, but went on to fire her guns during the D-Day invasion in France, in South Pacific battles at Iwo Jima and Okinawa and finally survive two nuclear bomb blasts off Bikini island before being mercifully dispatched to Davy Jones’ locker.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/military/remembering-the-uss-nevadas-daring-run-for-the-sea-during-attack-on-pearl-harbor/

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Mon May 11, 2020, 12:34 PM

2. VIDEO: Research Groups Find Wreck of 'Unsinkable Battleship' USS Nevada

VIDEO: Research Groups Find Wreck of ‘Unsinkable Battleship’ USS Nevada

By: Ben Werner
May 11, 2020 11:35 AM

USS Nevada (BB-36) – dubbed the “unsinkable battleship” that served in two world wars – was found nearly three miles below the water’s surface about 65 nautical miles southwest of Pearl Harbor, a team of researchers announced Monday.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Nevada was the only battleship to get underway during the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. After extensive repairs, Nevada returned to service, including firing its 14-inch and 5-inch guns to support the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944. In 1945, Nevada assisted the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).



Following {World} War II, the Navy deemed Nevada too old for retention. The battleship was used for target practice, surviving two atomic weapons tests at the Bikini Atoll and the Marshall Islands in July 1946. Damaged and radioactive – but still afloat – the Navy formally decommissioned Nevada in August 1946. Two years later, the Navy towed Nevada out to sea near Hawaii. Gunfire from other ships was unsuccessful in sinking Nevada, which was finally brought low by aerial torpedoes strikes, according to NHHC.

“On a sunny day in 1948, Nevada was towed off the coast of Oahu and used for target practice. After five days of pounding by everything the Navy could throw her, Nevada was dispatched by a torpedo,” according to the book Silver State Dreadnought.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #2)

Mon May 11, 2020, 01:05 PM

3. Kinda makes sense.

Her magazines and fuel stores were all empty, and it was heavily armored. All bulkheads were probably closed. Gotta put a lot of very high-energy holes in it, in that case.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 01:15 PM

4. If only we would make garbage disposals, dishwashers, etc as well as the USS Nevada!

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Response to chowder66 (Reply #4)

Mon May 11, 2020, 10:40 PM

12. if only the traitor in the WH was 1/0000000000000000000000th as tough...

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 01:16 PM

5. K&R

When I was in high school I did a video interview with a WWII vet in our area who had served on the Nevada throughout much of the war. It was an incredibly enlightening interview and I'm happy that his ships legacy is being studied even today!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 01:52 PM

6. Not a big fan of reviving ww2 stuff...


Whether it has bodies in it or not..It just feel sacrilegious..

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #6)

Mon May 11, 2020, 06:49 PM

9. No bodies....

Nevada was sunk as target ship for her second sinking in 1948. Not even the Navy would put sailors through that kind of duty. Marines maybe. Not sailors.

Her first sinking was at Pearl Harbor. She was the only BB to get underway and was pounded mercilessly to keep her from escaping. Nevada eventually ran aground, to keep from sinking in the deep harbor channel. Her OOD that Sunday morning was a young ensign who won the Navy Cross for his actions. Heck of a story. Like most of our battleships in 1941, she was an antique. WWI vintage. Tough old ship though. She survived both Able and Baker nuke tests, before finally being torpedoed as a target ship off Hawaii.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 02:14 PM

7. she survived not one but TWO atomic tests at Bikini atoll, that's a tough ship



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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 04:31 PM

8. She was the one who made a run for the ocean at Pearl Harbor.

The captain beached her so the entrance to the harbor would not be blocked.

She was a tough old ship.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:07 PM

10. I dearly love the old battlewagons.

When we travel, if there's one close by, I can't help but walk her decks. Old battleships have a mystique that's just missing from modern tin cans. Ghosts walk their decks.

Salute to BB-36. A damn good ship.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #10)

Mon May 11, 2020, 07:21 PM

11. I toured the U.S.S. Alabama when I was a kid.

Interesting experience.

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