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Launch of USS California at Mare Island Navy Yard, 20 Nov 1919California steaming at high speed, circa 1921
Launch of USS California at Mare Island Navy Yard, 20 Nov 1919California steaming at high speed, circa 1921
California underway circa 1921Christmas party for disadvantaged children, San Pedro, California, aboard the USS California, 1921
California underway circa 1921Christmas party for disadvantaged children, San Pedro, California, aboard the USS California, 1921
US Navy Battle Fleet entering Panama Bay during fleet maneuvers, probably 1923The US Navy
US Navy Battle Fleet entering Panama Bay during fleet maneuvers, probably 1923The US Navy's first flattop aircraft carrier, USS Langley (Langley-class), at anchor with 7 battleships in Culebra Harbor, Culebra, Puerto Rico, 18 Mar 1926. See Comment below.
California underway during the 1930sAdmiral R. H. Leigh inspecting crew of California, 1932
California underway during the 1930sAdmiral R. H. Leigh inspecting crew of California, 1932
California firing 5-inch/51 guns in night battle practice, 1933Cruiser USS Chester at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 1936. Note six battleships on Battleship Row and cruisers Minneapolis and New Orleans (New Orleans-class) at left. Note also the passenger train cars in the foreground.
California firing 5-inch/51 guns in night battle practice, 1933Cruiser USS Chester at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 1936. Note six battleships on Battleship Row and cruisers Minneapolis and New Orleans (New Orleans-class) at left. Note also the passenger train cars in the foreground.
CaliforniaView on battleship California, looking aft from inside a SOC-3 floatplane atop the turret # 3 catapult, showing two more SOC-3 aircraft, 1938
California's forward 14-inch guns and her superstructure, 1938View on battleship California, looking aft from inside a SOC-3 floatplane atop the turret # 3 catapult, showing two more SOC-3 aircraft, 1938
Liberty party from battleship California prepared to go ashore, 1940; note SOC-3 floatplanes atop Turret #3 and on after catapultPearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Ford Island Naval Air Station, Oahu, Hawaii, May 2, 1940.
Liberty party from battleship California prepared to go ashore, 1940; note SOC-3 floatplanes atop Turret #3 and on after catapultPearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Ford Island Naval Air Station, Oahu, Hawaii, May 2, 1940.
Aerial view of Ford Island and Pearl Harbor’s East Loch anchorage, 3 May 1940. Note 8 battleships along Battleship Row and 2 more across the channel at the 1010 Dock. Note also carrier Yorktown (Yorktown-class).A view down Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Row about an hour after the Japanese air attack began, 0850, 7 Dec 1941. Note battleship USS California listing in the foreground and the capsized Oklahoma beyond.
Aerial view of Ford Island and Pearl Harbor’s East Loch anchorage, 3 May 1940. Note 8 battleships along Battleship Row and 2 more across the channel at the 1010 Dock. Note also carrier Yorktown (Yorktown-class).A view down Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Row about an hour after the Japanese air attack began, 0850, 7 Dec 1941. Note battleship USS California listing in the foreground and the capsized Oklahoma beyond.
A view down Pearl Harbor’s main channel during the Japanese air attack, 7 Dec 1941. Note the battleship USS California listing and sinking and note the Ford Island water tower at right.Aerial view of Ford Island in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack, 7 Dec 1941; photo taken from a Japanese aircraft
A view down Pearl Harbor’s main channel during the Japanese air attack, 7 Dec 1941. Note the battleship USS California listing and sinking and note the Ford Island water tower at right.Aerial view of Ford Island in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack, 7 Dec 1941; photo taken from a Japanese aircraft
Attack on Stern view of USS California listing to port, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii, 7 Dec 1941
Attack on 'Battleship Row' of Pearl Harbor, seen from a Japanese aircraft, 7 Dec 1941Stern view of USS California listing to port, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii, 7 Dec 1941

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