State of North Carolina, legacy name
USS North Carolina (SSN 777) is the fourth United States ship and the
first submarine to bear the name North Carolina.
The first North Carolina was a 74-gun ship launched on September 7,
1820. Considered one of the most powerful ships of the time, she served
as flagship for Commodore John Rodgers from April 1825 until May 1827.
She was decommissioned October 30, 1836.
The second North Carolina (ACR 12) was a cruiser
commissioned May 7, 1908. In World War I, she escorted troops from New
York to Norfolk and brought men of the AEF home from Europe.
The third North Carolina (BB 55) was commissioned April
9, 1941. First commissioned of the Navy’s modern battleships,
North Carolina received so much attention during her trials that she
earned the nickname “Showboat.”
North Carolina entered the Pacific theater of World War
II on June 10, 1942. She first saw combat on the Battle of East
Solomons, where she shot down at least seven enemy aircraft.
Over the years, North Carolina saw many battles,
including the attacks on Tarawa, the Marshall Islands and Iwo Jima. She
shot down countless aircraft, sunk enemy ships and destroyed land
targets throughout the Pacific and earned 12 battle stars.