USS Arizona in fashion of late 30´s (photo: National Archives).
During a training exercise, the Arizona
collided with the USS Oklahoma on the
night of October 22, 1941, as a result of
a misinterpretation of signals regarding
a change in course of the latter. The bow
was struck from the port side at the 75th
bulkhead, immediately behind the smokestack. It resulted in the penetration of
the anti-torpedo armor, resulting in a list
of 2.5° to port. The extent of the damage
was not made clear until repairs were
made in drydock, into which the Arizona was placed on October 27. An almost
10-meter section of the anti-torpedo armor was destroyed between Bulkheads
70 and 78, beginning at about 1.25 m
(4 feet) below the waterline. Four fuel
tanks were compromised. Repairs took
less than two weeks to complete, and during this time, Arizona’s duties were performed by the less damaged USS Okla-
Rear Admiral Russell Wilson, USN Rear Admiral Chester W. Nimitz,
USN., during change of command ceremony aboard the USS ARIZONA,
San Pedro, CA.,May 27, 1939. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz commanded
the 1st Battle Division since September 17, 1938 (phto: Official U.S. Navy
Photograph, Naval History and Heritage Command).
homa. The last time that the USS Arizona
left Pearl was to conduct nighttime firing
exercises on the night of December 4, 1941.
On her return, she anchored in her usual
position behind the USS Tennessee and
the USS Oklahoma, and the USS Nevada
was anchored behind her. On December 6,
1941, the repair ship USS Vestal anchored
along her port side.
(To Be Continued)
USS Arizona in drydock at Pearl Harbor on March 3, 1932. Arizona sailed from San Pedro to Oahu in Feb-ruary, 1932, for her first
visit to Pearl Harbor, which later became her main and final base.