U.S.S. Idaho (1917)

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U.S.S. Idaho (1917)
Hull Number: BB-42
Builder: New York Shipbuilding[1]
Laid down: 20 Jan, 1915[2]
Launched: 30 Jun, 1917[3]
Commissioned: 24 Mar, 1919[4]
Decommissioned: 3 Jul, 1946[5]
Sold: 24 Nov, 1947[6]

The fourth Idaho (BB-42) was launched by New York Shipbuilding Corporation of Camden, N.J. on 30 June 1917; sponsored by Miss H. A. Limons, granddaughter of the Governor of Idaho; and commissioned 24 March 1919, Captain C. T. Vogelgesang in command.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Idaho sailed 13 April for shakedown training out of Guantanamo Bay, and after returning to New York received President Pessoa of Brazil for the voyage to Rio de Janeiro. Departing 6 July with her escort, the battleship arrived Rio 17 July 1919 . From there she set course for the Panama Canal, arriving Monterey, Calif., in September to join the Pacific Fleet. She joined other dreadnoughts in training exercises and reviews, including a Fleet Review by President Wilson 13 September 1919. In 1920 the battleship carried Secretary Daniels and the Secretary of the Interior on an inspection tour of Alaska.

Upon her return from Alaska 22 July 1920 Idaho took part in fleet maneuvers off the California coast and as far south as Chile. She continued this important training until 1925, taking part In numerous ceremonies on the West Coast during the interim. Idaho took part in the fleet review held by President Harding in Seattle shortly before his death In 1923. The battleship sailed 15 April 1925 for Hawaii, participated in war games until 1 July, and then got underway for Samoa, Australia , and New Zealand. On the return voyage, Idaho embarked Commander John Rodgers and his seaplane crew after their attempt to fly to Hawaii, arriving in San Francisco 24 September 1925.

For the next six years Idaho operated out of San Pedro on training and readiness operations off California and in the Caribbean. She sailed from San Pedro 7 September 1931 for the East Coast, entering Norfolk Navy Yard 30 September for modernization. The veteran battleship received better armor, "blister" anti=submarine protection, better machinery, and tripod masts during this extensive overhaul, and was readied for many more years of useful naval service. After completion 9 October 1934 the ship conducted shakedown in the Caribbean before returning to her home port, San Pedro, 17 April 1935.


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See Also


  1. Friedman. U.S. Battleships. p. 420.
  2. Friedman. U.S. Battleships. p. 420.
  3. Friedman. U.S. Battleships. p. 420.
  4. Friedman. U.S. Battleships. p. 420.
  5. Friedman. U.S. Battleships. p. 420.
  6. Friedman. U.S. Battleships. p. 420.
  7. Register of Officers, 1920. pp. 12-13.
  8. Register of Officers, 1922. pp. 12-13.
  9. Register of Officers, 1925. pp. 12-13.
  10. Register of Officers, 1925. pp. 12-13.
  11. Register of Officers, 1928. pp. 12-13.
  12. Register of Officers, 1930. pp. 14, 15.


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