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USS Maryland Battleship (BB-46) : A History In Pictures

USS Maryland Battleship (BB-46) : A History In Pictures


Photograph of the hull of the USS Maryland (BB-46) laid down in the shipyard during construction in 1917

Commissioned in 1921, USS Maryland (BB-46) was a battleship built by the United States Navy in the early 20th century.

Aerial view of the USS Maryland during a presidential naval review in Hampton Roads, Virginia, June 4, 1927.

She would serve the Navy through World War II.

Images shows two seaplanes on USS MARYLAND (III), a Colorado class battleship. On 23 July 1925, the United States Navy visited Sydney. The fleet departed for New Zealand on 6 August. The fleet included USS CALIFORNIA (V), USS COLORADO (III), USS TENNESSEE (III), USS MARYLAND (III), USS WEST VIRGINIA (II), USS NEW MEXICO (I), USS MISSISSIPPI (III) and USS IDAHO (IV). This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century. The ANMM undertakes research and accepts public comments that enhance the information we hold about images in our collection. This record has been updated accordingly. Photographer: Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection Object no. 00020980…

Maryland spent her early years on training exercises and cruises. Including a goodwill tour of South America in 1923.

The U.S. Navy battleship USS Maryland (BB-46) pictured in Gaillard Cut during a transit through the Panama Canal in the 1920s.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the ship underwent a modernization program.

Vought VE-7 Bluebird seaplane being launched from the turntable catapult of the USS Maryland (BB-46). From the September 1922 Proceedings facing page 1461.

Which included the installation of new machinery and the addition of anti-aircraft guns.

View of the capsized U.S. Navy battleship USS Oklahoma (BB-37) at Pearl Harbor. USS Maryland (BB-46) is visible at right.
With the outbreak of World War II, the Maryland sailed to the Pacific theater.
80-G-32488: Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. View of “Battleship Row” during or immediately after the Japanese raid. The capsized USS Oklahoma (BB 37) is in the center, alongside USS Maryland (BB 46). (9/15/15).

She would lose 4 sailors during the attack at Pearl Harbor, but would survive rather unscathed.

80-G-32415: Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Capsized USS Oklahoma (BB 37) and USS Maryland (BB 46) after the attack. (9/15/15).

In the Pacific she saw action in several major battles, including the Battle of Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, and the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

Bow view of USS Maryland (BB-46) under way in March 1944. US Navy photo according to, therefore PD-USGov
For further reading see our piece: Why Did Japan Lose Battle of the Philippine Sea?
USS Maryland c1945

She was also present at the Battle of Okinawa, where it was hit by a kamikaze plane, but was able to remain in action.

Entering drydock at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard 10 July 1944, for torpedo (aerial) damage repair and the replacement of her bow. Source: US NAVY

After the war, the Maryland was used for training and as a target ship before being decommissioned in 1947. The ship became scrapped in 1959.

19-N-65057: USS Maryland (BB-46). Running post-overhaul speed trials in Puget Sound, Washington, 26 April 1944. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. (2016/02/08).

Overall, the USS Maryland played a significant role in the Pacific War, participating in several major engagements, and demonstrated its durability by remaining in action despite being hit by a Kamikaze. The ship was a testament to the skill of its crew and the effectiveness of American naval engineering.

The U.S. Navy battleship USS Maryland (BB-46) underway in 1935.


USS Maryland Battleship (BB-46) : A History In Pictures