USS Utah (BB-31)

USS Utah (BB-31)

Photograph of American battleship USS Utah (BB-31).

A History In Pictures

Nearly completed battleships USS Arkansas (BB-33) and USS Utah (BB-31) are seen after launching alongside the destroyer USS Ammen (DD-35) and the large civilian coastal liner Suwantee. New Youk Shipbuilding Corporation. C. a. 1912. Description source. Bain News Service,, publisher.
Turrets on USS Utah circa 1914 Bain News Service,, publisher. Turrets on UTAH [ship] 1911 Sept. 12 (date created or published later by Bain) 1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller. Notes: Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Format: Glass negatives. Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication. Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain Persistent URL: hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.09582 Call Number: LC-B2- 2267-12
Title: UTAH, U.S.S. Abstract/medium: Harris & Ewing photograph collection Physical description: 1 negative : 1909-1914
President-elect, Herbert Hoover and Battleship USS Utah, 1928; President-elect Herbert Hoover with members of his staff including his wife Lou Henry Hoover and Henry T. Fletcher, ambassador to Italy; along with members of the press embarked on board the U.S. battleship for a South American good-will tour, and vessel and ships company inspection. On this trip Hoover was nearly assassinated in Argentina by a local anarchist. Hoover went on to become the 31st president of the United States. Launched in December 1909, the Battleship Utah was a Florida-class battleship weighing 21,825 tons, she was the first American battleship fitted with steam turbine engines and was armed with ten 12″ guns; sixteen 5″ guns and two 21″ torpedo tubes. U.S. Navy Sailor, Joseph V. Sullivan, father of Martin Joseph Sullivan was a crew member on the Battleship Utah circa. 1926 – 1930. (Photos courtesy of Martin Joseph Sullivan)
President-elect, Herbert Hoover and Battleship USS Utah, 1928; President-elect Herbert Hoover with members of his staff including his wife Lou Henry Hoover and Henry T. Fletcher, ambassador to Italy; along with members of the press embarked on board the U.S. battleship for a South American good-will tour, and vessel and ships company inspection. On this trip Hoover was nearly assassinated in Argentina by a local anarchist. Hoover went on to become the 31st president of the United States. Launched in December 1909, the Battleship Utah was a Florida-class battleship weighing 21,825 tons, she was the first American battleship fitted with steam turbine engines and was armed with ten 12″ guns; sixteen 5″ guns and two 21″ torpedo tubes. U.S. Navy Sailor, Joseph V. Sullivan, father of Martin Joseph Sullivan was a crew member on the Battleship Utah circa. 1926 – 1930. (Photos courtesy of Martin Joseph Sullivan)
80-G-416384: USS Utah (AG-16). Anchored off Long Beach, California, 18 April 1935, while serving as a target ship. Three heavy cruisers are in the middle distance, with the city of Long Beach beyond them. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (2016/01/24).
photo courtesy Naval History & Heritage Command
Dry Dock No. 4, First Vessel Docked – U.S.S. Utah
US battleship en:USS Utah (BB-31) after her modernization in 1925.
The U.S. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington (USA), view from the west on 25 July 1941, taken from an aircraft based at Naval Air Station Seattle, Washington (USA). Among the ships present are: USS Aroostook (AK-44, ex-CM-3), at right, and USS Prometheus (AR-3), center, alongside the near side of the long pier closest to the camera; USS Utah (AG-16), in drydock at left; USS Colorado (BB-45), alongside the middle of the three longest piers; USS Barnegat (AVP-10) and USS Biscayne (AVP-11), fitting out on the far side of the most distant long pier; USS Casco (AVP-12) and USS Mackinac (AVP-13), under construction in the drydock in the upper left.
Photograph clip showing starboard forward 5 inch /51 caliber gun battery on battleship USS Utah (BB-31).
Bain News Service,, publisher. Turrets on UTAH [ship] 1911 Sept. 12 (date created or published later by Bain) 1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller. Notes: Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Format: Glass negatives. Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication. Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print General information about the Bain Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.09581 Call Number: LC-B2- 2267-11
Laid up at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, while being reconditioned prior to her return to active service, 3 June 1941. Note bicycle and truck on pier. Bow of USS Utah (AG-16) is in left background, with barge YF-88 immediately ahead. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
Laid up at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, while being reconditioned for a return to active service, 3 June 1941. Note shields for 5/38 single gun mounts on pier. Foremast and bridge of USS Utah (AG-16) is visible in the right middle distance. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
USS Utah (AG-16) At the Puget Sound Navy Yard, 18 August 1941. She has been rearmed and partially repainted into Measure 1 camouflage

Pearl Harbor Attack

Pearl Harbor attack, 7 December 1941: Photograph of the western side of Ford Island and ships in moorings offshore, taken from a Japanese Navy plane during the attack. Ships are (from left to right): USS Detroit (CL-8); USS Raleigh (CL-7), listing to port after being hit by one torpedo; USS Utah (AG-16), capsized after being hit by two torpedoes; and USS Tangier (AV-8), The Japanese writing in the lower left states that the photograph’s reproduction was authorized by the Navy Ministry.
The ship in its final position after completion of righting operations, still rolled 37 degrees 45′ to port, 13 March 1944. Utah, which had capsized to port during the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was partially righted in salvage operations, but was not refloated
View of the west side of Ford Island during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Visible are (l-r): USS Tangier (AV-8), the capsized USS Utah (AG-16), USS Curtiss (AV-4) in the distance directly behind Utah, USS Medusa (AR-1), and the stern of USS Raleigh (CL-7), which is listing after a torpedo hit.
The U.S. Navy target ship USS Utah (AG-16) lies with her bottom up at Berth F-11, after she was torpedoed by Japanese planes and capsized on 7 December 1941. In the right background is USS Raleigh (CL-7), also hit by a Japanese torpedo, which is being assisted in staying afloat by a barge and a tug tied up along her port side.
The U.S. Navy target ship USS Utah (AG-16, ex BB-31) capsizing off Ford Island, during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (USA), 7 December 1941, after being torpedoed by Japanese aircraft. Photographed from USS Tangier (AV-8), which was moored astern of Utah. Note colours half-raised over fantail, boats nearby, and sheds covering Utah´s after guns.

Salvage Attempt

Scope and content: This is one of a collection of photographs of salvage operations at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard taken by the shipyard during the period following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which initiated US participation in World War II. The photographs are found in a number of files in several shipyard records series.
Under salvage at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 13 February 1944. The ship, which capsized to port after being torpedoed in the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941, is seen at about the 68 degree position at the completion of the first pulling period. Her blister plating has been cut away around the turn of the bilge to provide fairlead to hitch pads. Salvage efforts rolled her back toward Ford Island, but she was not refloated.
Scope and content: This is one of a collection of photographs of salvage operations at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard taken by the shipyard during the period following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which initiated US participation in World War II. The photographs are found in a number of files in several shipyard records series.
Scope and content: This is one of a collection of photographs of salvage operations at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard taken by the shipyard during the period following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which initiated US participation in World War II. The photographs are found in a number of files in several shipyard records series.
Scope and content: This is one of a collection of photographs of salvage operations at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard taken by the shipyard during the period following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which initiated US participation in World War II. The photographs are found in a number of files in several shipyard records series.

Today

Members of the Navy ceremonial guards post after an interment ceremony at the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. The ceremony was held to honor Petty Officer First Class Jimmy Oberto, a crewmember of the Florida-class dreadnaught battleship USS Utah during the Pearl Harbor attack.
A member of the National Park Service takes the ashes of Navy Petty Officer First Class Jimmy Oberto to be interred within the confines of the Florida-class dreadnaught battleship USS Utah at the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Oberto was a crewmember aboard Utah during the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese Dec. 7, 1941.
A wreath is placed next to the capsized battleship USS Utah (BB-31/AG-16) during a sunset service at the renovated USS Utah Memorial at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 6, 2012. The memorial was renovated to provide easier public access. USS Utah was sunk during the surprise Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. The day after the attack, before a joint session of Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked for a declaration of war against Japan and the U.S. officially entered World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)
The sun sets over the renovated USS Utah Memorial at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 6, 2012. The memorial was renovated to provide easier public access. Battleship USS Utah (BB-31/AG-16) was sunk during the surprise Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. The day after the attack, before a joint session of Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked for a declaration of war against Japan and the U.S. officially entered World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)
The sun sets over the remaining structure of battleship USS Utah (BB-31/AG-16) at the renovated USS Utah Memorial at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 6, 2012. The memorial was renovated to provide easier public access. USS Utah was sunk during the surprise Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. The day after the attack, before a joint session of Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked for a declaration of war against Japan and the U.S. officially entered World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Dec. 3, 2006) – The rusted hull of the USS Utah remains in the water just off Ford Island. Three aerial torpedoes struck the USS Utah, causing the ship to sink during the 1941 attack. Survivors of Pearl Harbor and media took part in a joint U.S. Navy/National Park Service ceremony commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. More than 1,500 Pearl Harbor Survivors, their families and friends from around the nation are scheduled to join more than 2,000 distinguished guests and the general public for the annual observance of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The theme of this year’s historic commemoration “A Nation Remembers” reflects on how the remembrance of Pearl Harbor has evolved throughout the years since World War II..U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Daniel A. Barker (RELEASED).
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Dec. 3, 2006) – The rusted hull of the USS Utah remains in the water just off Ford Island. Three aerial torpedoes struck the USS Utah, causing the ship to sink during the 1941 attack. Survivors of Pearl Harbor and media took part in a joint U.S. Navy/National Park Service ceremony commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. More than 1,500 Pearl Harbor Survivors, their families and friends from around the nation are scheduled to join more than 2,000 distinguished guests and the general public for the annual observance of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. The theme of this year’s historic commemoration “A Nation Remembers” reflects on how the remembrance of Pearl Harbor has evolved throughout the years since World War II. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Daniel A. Barker (RELEASED)

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USS Utah (BB-31)