This photograph shows U.S. Navy battleship USS Tennessee (BB-43) underway on 12 May 1943. Tennessee was damaged in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941 and was afterwards given a very extensive reconstruction. This gave her the enormous beam apparent in this photograph.
The Tennessee was massively modified during this modernization. Her superstructure was almost entirely replaced. The cage masts had already gone, but they were now followed by much of the remaining superstructure. The twin stacks were replaced with a single combined funnel. The main-battery director was mounted on a low tower foremast just in front of the funnel. Under water large anti-torpedo blisters were added, increasing her width by 16ft 6in. The main guns were unchanged but the older 5in guns were removed (the 3in guns had gone in the earlier repairs) and eight twin mounts carrying 5"/38 guns were added. These turrets were controlled by eight directors on the superstructure and were dual-purpose guns. The anti-aircraft defences also included ten quad 40mm mountings and forty-three single 20mm guns by the end of the war.
After the Japanese surrender the Tennessee was used to cover the landing of troops at Wakayama, part of the occupation of Japan (23 September). She then visited Singapore, before returning to the US. The Tennessee was allocated to the 'mothball fleet', a group of older but modernised ships that were to be preserved in case they were needed later. This process lasted from 1946 until 14 February 1947. The Tennessee remained in mothballs for twelve years before being sold for scrap in July 1959. (Official U.S. Navy photo 19-N-45071 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command) (Colorized by Irootoko jr. from Japan)
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