How Much Do You Know About Famous Battleships?

By: Annette
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How Much Do You Know About Famous Battleships?
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About This Quiz

It's not just a board game, y'all. Battleships are the real deal, and they play an important role in US military history. In this quiz, we're going to explore these monsters of the sea and test your knowledge of which is which.
What is the hull classification symbol of battleships?
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BB
The hull classification symbol of American battleships is BB. B just stands for "Battleship."
#BIG

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How many battleships are active in the US today?
0
All US battleships have officially been retired. At least that gives us the opportunity to explore some of them!
4
15

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How many types of battleship are there?
1
5
There are technically 5 types of battleship. These include coastal defense, pre-dreadnought, dreadnought, standard and fast.
100

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What was the name of the first US battleship?
USS Toronto
USS Defense
USS Texas
The USS Texas was the first US battleship to be built. It was commissioned on August 15th, 1895.

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What was the fate of the USS Maine?
Now a museum
Disappeared
Exploded
Sadly, the USS Maine was commissioned in 1895 and sunk by explosion in 1898. The USS Maine could reach a speed of 17 knots.

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USS Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon were part of the _____ class.
Texas
Indiana
USS Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon were part of the Indiana class. The first ship in this class was commissioned in 1895.
Michigan

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Which of these was a pre-dreadnought type?
USS Hawaii
USS Iowa
The USS Iowa was considered a pre-dreadnought battleship. It was commissioned in 1897 and decommissioned in 1919.
USS Buffalo

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How many ships were in the Kearsarge class?
0
2
There were two ships in the Kearsarge class. These included the USS Kearsarge and USS Kentucky. Both of these ships were eventually scrapped.
5

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Which is better armed?
Battleships
Battleships are much better armed than cruisers or destroyers. They were known for their heavy-caliber guns.
Cruisers
Destroyers

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Battleships ruled the oceans up through _____ .
The Civil War
World War 1
World War 2
Battleships ruled the seas from 1875 up until World War II. Battleships faded in use with the rise of air power.

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Battleships can serve as good ______ .
Aircraft carriers
Submarines
Flagships
Battleships also made great flagships. However, they were most famous for their big cannons and heavy anti-aircraft defences.

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How many Illinois class ships were there?
0
3
There were 3 Illinois class ships. These included the USS Illinois, USS Alabama and USS Wisconsin. The last of these was scrapped in 1922.
8

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When was the first Maine class ship commissioned?
1880
1902
The Maine class of ship was first commissioned in 1902, with the USS Maine. All Maine ships were scrapped by 1922.
1934

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When was the last battleship turned into a museum?
1956
1978
2004
It was finally by 2004 that the US Navy had turned all existing battleships into museums. Be sure to find one near you!

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The USS Texas was ______ .
Gasoline-powered
Coal-burning
The USS Texas, the Navy's first battleship, was coal-burning. It had an overall length of 309 feet.
Ethanol-burning

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The USS Kansas of 1907 ______ compared to the original battleship.
Was slower
Was smaller
Displaced twice the tonnage
In 1907, the USS Kansas had some remarkable innovations. It displaced twice the tonnage that the original battleship did.

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"Fear God and dread nought" led to the ______ .
USS Fear God
USS Dread
HMS Dreadnought
The HMS Dreadnought was the battleship that changed it all. It was designed by British Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher.

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The USS Wyoming was BB____.
5
11
32
The USS Wyoming was also known as BB32. It came about in 1912, and had a remarkable length of nearly 600 feet.

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After the Washington Disarmament Conference of 1921, battleship production _______ .
Basically ceased
Battleship commissions basically ceased following the Washington Disarmament Conference of 1921. There were no new commissions between 1923 and 1941.
Sped up
Was the highest

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What is TyCom?
Typical Computer
Typing Combat
Type Command
TyCom stands for Type Command. The first battleship Type Command (TyCom) was established on Nov. 1, 1940.

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The South Carolina class displaced how many tons?
2 tons
900 tons
16,000 tons
The South Carolina class battleships displaced a remarkable 16,000 tons. The two ships in this class were the USS South Carolina and the USS Michigan.

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True or false: The Delaware class was in the dreadnought era.
True
It's true that the Delaware class came after the famous HMS Dreadnought. Delaware class displaced 20,380 tons.
False

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How many battleships were sunk or damaged at Pearl Harbor?
1
3
8
Remarkably, there were 8 battleships either sunk or damaged during Pearl Harbor. Six of these were repaired and returned to service.

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The USS New Jersey was BB____ .
15
29
62
The USS New Jersey was BB 62. It was brought back into service in 1968 and served as a gun platform off the coast of Vietnam.

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Which battleships went to Iraq?
USS Wisconsin
USS Missouri
Both
Both the USS Wisconsin and USS Missouri had a successful effect on the war in Iraq. Iraq agreed to a cease fire agreement on Feb. 28, 1991.

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The Delaware class of battleship could reach a speed of ______ .
10 knots
21 knots
The Delaware class of battleship could reach a speed of 21 knots. The two ships of this class were the USS Delaware and USS North Dakota.
45 knots

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Which of these sunk in Pearl Harbor?
USS Alaska
USS Utah
The USS Utah sadly sunk in Pearl Harbor. It was part of the Florida class of battleship.
USS Rhode Island

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What was the last battleship on active duty?
USS Texas
USS California
USS Missouri
The USS Missouri was the last battleship on active duty. It was decommissioned Mar. 31, 1992.

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What was the last battleship commissioned in the US?
USS Wisconsin
USS Hawaii
USS Missouri
Missouri was the last to be built, and also the last to be in service. The ship was commissioned in June 1944.

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______ of the 48 contiguous states had a battleship.
20
35
All but one
All but one of the 48 contiguous states had at least one battleship. Montana sadly never had one, although they tried twice.

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WWII is synonymous with the _____ class of battleship.
Florida
Wyoming
Iowa
There were initially four Iowa class battleships intended for WWII. These included Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri and Wisconsin.

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How many New York class ships were there?
0
2
There were a total of 2 New York class ships. These included the USS New York and USS Texas. The first was commissioned in 1914.
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True or false: A US battleship has been lost at sea.
True
False
It's false that a US battleship has ever been lost at sea. That being said, the USS Maine exploded in port.

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Battleships are named after states, and cruisers are named after _____ .
Countries
Presidents
Cities
Where battleships are named after states, cruisers are named after cities. Destroyers are named after famous military leaders and heroes.

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How many countries have kept their battleships afloat?
1
The US is the only country that has kept and preserved its battleships. All four Iowa class battleships are still afloat.
5
8

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