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The U.S. Navy battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) leads USS Colorado (BB-45), USS Louisville (CA-28), USS Portland (CA-33), and USS Columbia (CL-56) into Lingayen Gulf before the landing on Luzon, Philippines in January 1945. Battleships and other big gun naval vessels that served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II were used primarily for offshore bombardment of enemy positions and as anti-aircraft screens for aircraft carriers. The wartime censor has removed Pennsylvania´s radar antennas.copyrights @ Wikipedia
Photographer: Unknown Retouched by: Mmxx - This media is available in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the National Archives Identifier (NAID) 195617.copyrights @ Wikipedia
A U.S. Navy Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless of bombing squadron VB-16 flies an antisubmarine patrol low over the battleship USS Washington (BB-56) en route to the invasion of the Gilbert Islands, 12 November 1943. The ship in the background is USS Lexington (CV-16), the aircraft's home carrier. Note the depth charge below the SBD.copyrights @ Wikipedia
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