23 November 2014, United States' Alaska Class Battlecruisers
After the treaty restrictions were no longer binding the United States thought it would want a heavy cruiser with 12" guns. More closely identifiable as a battlescruiser the Alaska class ships arrived almost too late to be in World War II. Only two were finished in time.
Here's an overhead view comparing the Alaska class with the Iowa class.
CB-1 USS Alaska in port with the USS Missouri and USS Croatan:
US Navy, 80-G-K-190547
22 November 2014, United States' Montana Class Battleships
Sometimes it's interesting to consider the "what-ifs." What if the Montana class had proceeded and they were built? Would they have even been finished by the end of the war? What ships wouldn't have been built because of them? How might they have done in combat? Needless to say we'll never find out as they were never built.
A model of the BB-67 USS Montana at the New York Navy Yard on October 7, 1944:
US Navy, USN-144964
21 November 2014, United States' Iowa Class Battleships
The Iowas were built for speed so that they could keep up with the fast carriers.
BB-62 USS New Jersey in the Pacific in 1945:
US Navy, 80-G-K-15383
16 November 2014, United States' South Dakota Class Battleships
The next series of battleships were the four sisters of the South Dakota class. Smaller than the North Carolina class it was specially designed to be more compact to be able to have more protection.
BB-59 USS Massachusetts in Casco Bay, Maine in January 1943. Taken from USS Alabama:
US Navy, 80-G-K-416
15 November 2014, United States' North Carolina Class Battleships
A newer and better design was the North Carolina class which was to be better than the Japanese Kondo class battleships. Both were used as convoy escorts in the Atlantic but were later used primarily in the Pacific.
BB-55 USS North Carolina off the east coast on April 17, 1942:
US Naval Historical Center, NH-80988
14 November 2014, United States' Colorado /California Class Battleships
The Colorado class mounted 16" guns, otherwise very similar to the predicessor designs of American battleships.
If the Japanese could have only forseen an opponent that could make a floating drydock that could repair a battleship near the front, the Japanese might never have started a war with the United States.
BB-48 USS West Virginia in dry dock at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides:
US Navy, 80-G-314220
11 November 2014, United States' Tennessee /California Class Battleships
Note: So often my sources can't agree as to the name of the class for a particular battleship.
The Tennessee class ships were initially intended to be modernized before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The were both injured in the attack, the USS California more so.
BB-43 USS Tennessee bombarding Okinawa on April 1, 1945:
US Naval Historical Center, NH-84665
9 November 2014, United States' New Mexico Class Battleships
The New Mexico class was considered by some to be the best American battleship until the North Carolina class. The three sisters survived World War II.
My dad was wounded on Iwo Jima so here's an appropriate photo I think.
BB-42 USS Idaho off Iwo Jima in February, 1945:
US Naval Historical Center, NH-92509
8 November 2014, United States' Pennsylvania Class Battleships
The Pennsylvania class' design were improved Nevada / Oklahoma class battleships. The USS Pennsylvania was repaired after Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona was a total loss.
My dad took part in the invasion of Guam so I think it is appropriate to put this photo here.
BB-38 USS Pennsylvania shelling Guam on July 21, 1944:
US Navy photo, NH-67584
7 November 2014, United States' Oklahoma Class Battleships
Built before America's entry into World War I, the Oklahoma class battleships were at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked on December 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma was sunk and didn't return to service. The USS Nevada was rebuilt and saw service at a bombardment ship.
BB-36 USS Nevada off Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945:
US Navy photo G-K-3510
2 November 2014, United States' Texas Class Battleships
The Texas class' design improved upon the USS Arkansas. However the battleships were hard to handle in rough weather.
BB-34 USS New York battleship off Iwo Jima, February 16, 1945:
US Navy photo 80-G-308952
2 November 2014, United States' Wyoming Class Battleships
Now we turn to battleships.
BB-33 USS Arkansas was built before World War I and served in World War II shelling many of the invasion beaches.
BB-33 USS Arkansas battleship in San Pedro, January 1, 1945:
Bureau of Ships , 19-N-77075