The Nevada-class battleship was the first Standard-Type battleship built by the US, and the first US battleship to utilize triple turrets, as well as implementing the "all or nothing" armor mentality. With this school of armoring, instead of having full main belt armor of varying thickness, the only armor is located around vital areas, and was made to maximum thickness. The Nevada Class also was the first battleship in the USN to move to complete fuel oil propulsion. All together, the Nevada class presented a large evolution of battleship design, and with its focus on long range combat, it was well ahead of its time.
Combined with the Pennsylvania, Colorado, Tennessee, and New Mexico, the Nevada Class was part of a Standard-Type battleship. This created a battle line of ships with similar long range fire, tactical radius, speed, and fire control.
Following World War I, it was believed that submarines would become the greatest threat to naval vessels. By the onset of World War II, it became apparent that aircraft would be the greatest threat to naval vessels. This design flaw became more than apparent during the attack on Pearl Harbor, which also brought to question the water tightness of the older ships.
With both ships of the Nevada Class commissioned in 1916, the Nevada Class had ships in construction soon enough to deploy to Europe during World War I. Modernization efforts in 1929 into 1930 replaced old boilers with newer, more efficient ones, increased horizontal armor with torpedo bulges, relocated 5inch gun batteries, removed torpedo tubes, added more AA capability, added new gunnery control instruments and added two aircraft catapults.
Oklahoma sunk at Pearl Harbor, considered lost. Nevada beached herself, was salvaged, modernized, and put back in the fleet in 1942. She provided shore bombardment in European and Pacific theaters, being one of the battleships covering the D-Day invasion. Her final mission was as a target for the Bikini Atoll tests, and target for convential weapons until 1948.
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