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USS Texas (BB-35), the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the U.S. state of Texas, is a New York-class battleship. The ship was launched on 18 May 1912 and commissioned on 12 March 1914.

 

Soon after her commissioning, Texas saw action in Mexican waters following the "Tampico Incident" and made numerous sorties into the North Sea during World War I. When the United States formally entered World War II in 1941, Texas escorted war convoys across the Atlantic and later shelled Axis-held beaches for the North African campaign and the Normandy Landings before being transferred to the Pacific Theater late in 1944 to provide naval gunfire support during the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Texas was decommissioned in 1948, having earned a total of five battle stars for service in World War II, and is now a museum ship near Houston, Texas. In addition to her combat service, Texas also served as a technological testbed during her career, and in this capacity became the first US battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns, the first US ship to control gunfire with directors and range-keepers (analog forerunners of today's computers), the first US battleship to launch an aircraft, from a platform on Turret 2, and was one of the first to receive the CXAM-1 version of CXAM production radar in the US Navy,

 

Among the world's remaining battleships, Texas is notable for being the first US battleship to become a permanent museum ship, and the first battleship declared to be a US National Historic Landmark., and is the only remaining World War I–era dreadnought battleship, though she is not the oldest surviving steel battleship: Mikasa, a pre-dreadnought battleship ordered in 1898 by the Imperial Japanese Navy is older than Texas. She is also noteworthy for being one of only seven remaining ships and the only remaining capital ship to have served in both World Wars

 

 

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I had the privilege of touring this ship last weekend, Most notable for me was that it was the flag ship on D-Day , meaning it was the ship that carried the commanding admiral and it led the other ships.

 

Another awesome fact is that when the soldiers were storming the beaches of normandy .....ships main guns were not shooting far enough to fire on the beach targets , so the captain turned broad sided and flooded the torpedo chambers and that tilted the ship sideways and the guns were able to reach their targets , the video above explains it.

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I toured the ship when I was 14 years old on a vacation with my family it was Awesome!  I don't know how it is now but back then I could run all over the ship wherever I wanted to by myself, no official tour guide.  We took a camper down South to Texas where we had some relatives.  Then we took it across the South to Kalifornia, then flew out to Honolulu for a week where I had the privilege to also stand on the USS Arizona Memorial.  We camped through the  Northern states on the way home.  It was a 5 week family vacation and I am just really blessed that I was old enough to appreciate and remember it!  My parents took a second mortgage on the house to pay for the trip and we all felt it was a good investment in quality family time.  You realize how close you are to each other when you spend 5 weeks in a pop top camper and no family arguments at all.  Well 4 actually, we stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment while on Honolulu...  ;)

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