Navy Tidbits #1

Zf495. USS NORTH CAROLINA BB-55 was launched June 13, 1941      She was the first major combatant ship without portholes in the hull.    CURRENT LOCATION:  west bank of Cape Fear River, Wilmington, North Carolina.  Here is an interesting link from the National Park Service, click here:


This page was started to offer Navy tidbits, general Navy stuff that did not get its own webpage.


Portholes on Navy Warships.

My friends, the Army Lt. Chester K. Britt Research Team, doing research came across the above picture, the below information and shared it with me.

Zf496. This date, 1941 6 12, the BEAVER CITY NB TIMES reports about the first battleship commissioned since 1923 at Brooklyn Navy Yard and that it was built without portholes.

In their research, the wife of the person, subject of their book, Grace Britt was evacuated from the Philippines on May 5, 1941, on the Army Personnel Transport Ship, USAT Republic and arrived at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on June 11, 1941. She probably saw the USS North Carolina there.

Zf497. This is a picture of the German Pocket Battleship Scheer. At about this same time on 1941 6 14 the INDIANAPOLIS IN STAR wrote about combat action with a German Pocket Battle. The researcher noted the rows of portholes in Nazi pocket battleship, the Admiral Scheer. The 3 German pocket battleships were built between 1929 to 1936.

The Army Lt. Chester K. Britt Research Team finished their book, it is titled:

Relentless Hope: A True Story of War and Survival, by David L. Britt

The Army Lt. Chester K. Britt book Team Members are:

First are Dave Britt, LTC USAF (Ret), son of Chester K Britt, Vickie Graham CMSGT USAF (Ret), and John Duresky. They all graduated from Logan High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1967, and are doing it as a team. Chester Britt graduated from Logan in 1933 and his mother Grace in 1934. Dave wrote most of the manuscript, John editing what he wrote and doing most of the research, and Vickie is the final editor with about 20 years of professional writing in her resume, largely with Airman Magazine.


USS Kitty Hawk today started her final voyage from Bremerton to a scrap yard in Texas.

This is reported in Facebook, here is the URL, click here:

Zf499. This is an USS Kitty Hawk image in the Naval Institute Facebook page of Jan. 16 this year (2022). The picture prescription says this:

USS Kitty Hawk today started her final voyage from Bremerton to a scrap yard in Texas, 16th Jan. 2022. Built for $264 million in 1961 ($2.5 billion in 2021), the Kitty Hawk was sold to the scrap company for the bargain price of 1 cent. For another penny, the company also got USS John F. Kennedy.

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