|Name:||USS North Carolina (BB-55)|
|Location:||west bank of Cape Fear River, Wilmington, North Carolina|
|Owner:||State of North Carolina|
|Displacement:||36,600 tons standard / 44,800 tons full load|
|Machinery:||4 sets, General Electric Turbines, 8 Babcock & Wilcox Boilers|
|Fuel Oil Capacity:||7,167 tons|
|Maximum Speed:||28 knots|
|Armament:||9 16-inch/45 caliber Mark 6 guns; 20 5-inch/38 caliber Mark 12 guns; Various combinations of 40 mm and 20 mm antiaircraft guns.|
|Builder:||Brooklyn Navy Yard|
|Launched:||June 13, 1940|
|Commissioned:||April 9, 1941|
- USS North Carolina was the first modern American battleship built after World War I. She was the class leader for a new generation of American battleships and set a standard for new shipbuilding technology that combined high speeds with powerful armament and formidable protection.
- As the first modern American battleship to enter the war against Japan, USS North Carolina symbolized the determination of the American people to win the war and the growing industrial might that would make the eventual victory possible.On July 11, 1942, USS North Carolina entered Pearl Harbor to provide her support in the war against Japan. Her entrance into Pearl Harbor moved all those who saw her to cheer including Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, commanding officer in the Pacific, who wrote:
I well remember the great thrill when she arrived in Pearl Harbor during the early stages of the war -- at a time when our strength and fortunes were at low ebb. She was the first of the great new battleships to join the Pacific Fleet, and her mere presence in a task force was enough to keep morale at a peak. Before the warts end she had built for herself a magnificent record of accomplishment. 
- During the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in August 1942, USS North Carolina was assigned to escort the carriers USS Enterprise and USSSaratoga. Her superior performance during this action proved the concept of the fast battle ship providing antiaircraft coverage for the carrier. Her antiaircraft fire was so intense that USS Enterprise signaled her in alarm, "Are you afire?" This action established the primary role of the fast battleship throughout World War II as the protector of the aircraft carrier.
- Beginning in August 1942 USS North Carolina continually saw service in the war against Japan until the surrender in 1945. USS North Carolinahas the best war record for any surviving American battleship for the war in the Pacific. USS North Carolina received 15 battle stars for her World War II service.
- USS North Carolina is in excellent condition and retains all of her World War II integrity.