By Nancy Royan
Librarian, Wedsworth Memorial Library 

USS Nevada (BB-36)

Series: Library News | Story 29

February 8, 2024

There is no greater symbol of a country’s determination to defend its freedom than a warship. USS Nevada was named after the 36th state. Launched in 1914, Nevada was a leap forward in dreadnought technology. Every subsequent US battleship included triple gun turrets, oil in place of coal for fuel, geared steam turbines for greater range, and the “all or nothing” armor principle. These features made Nevada, alongside sister ship Oklahoma, the first US Navy “standard-type” battleships.

Nevada’s construction was authorized by an Act of Congress on March 4, 1911. The contract went t...

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