Illinois-class battleship

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USS Illinois BB-7.jpg
USS Illinois, the lead ship of the class
Class overview
Operators: US flag 45 stars.svg United States
Preceded by: Kearsarge class
Succeeded by: Maine class
Completed: 3
Retired: 3
Preserved: 0
General characteristics [1]
Type: Pre-dreadnought battleship
Displacement: 11,565 tons Mean War Service
Length: 368 ft (112 m)
Beam: 72 ft 3 in (22.02 m)
Draft: 23 ft 5 in (7.14 m)
Speed: 17 kn (20 mph; 31 km/h)
Complement: 660 officers and men
Armament:
Armor:
  • Belt: 5.5–16.5 in (140–419 mm)
  • Barbettes: 10–15 in (254–381 mm)
  • Turret (Mains): 14 in (356 mm)
  • Turret (secondary): 5.5–6 in (140–152 mm)
  • Conning tower: 10 in (254 mm)

The Illinois-class battleships were pre-dreadnought battleships of the United States Navy commissioned at the beginning of the 20th century. The first ship of its class, the USS Illinois, was commissioned in 1901. These were the first US ships to use modern "British-style" turrets, which were easier to armor and smaller than the Monitor-style turrets used on preceding ships.

Ships in class[edit]

USS Illinois[2]

  • Designation: BB-7
  • Laid down: 10 February 1897
  • Launched: 4 October 1898
  • Commissioned: 16 September 1901
  • Operations: European Squadron, Great White Fleet.
  • Victories: None
  • Fate: Refitted as an armory ship and renamed IX-15 Prairie State, scrapped on 18 May 1956

USS Alabama[3]

  • Designation: BB-8
  • Laid down: 1 December 1896
  • Launched: 18 May 1898
  • Commissioned: 16 October 1900
  • Operations: Great White Fleet
  • Victories: None
  • Fate: Decommissioned on 7 May 1920 for use as a target ship, sunk on 27 September 1921

USS Wisconsin[4]

  • Designation: BB-9
  • Laid down: 9 February 1897
  • Launched: 26 November 1898
  • Commissioned: 4 February 1901
  • Operations: The Peace of the Wisconsin, Great White Fleet
  • Victories: None
  • Fate: Decommissioned on 15 May 1920 and sold for scrap on 26 January 1922

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