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(13 September 1964.) A RARE SIGHT Aircraft carriers and battleships aren't seen together at sea these days, primarily because all of America's battlewagons are in mothballs. But two historic veterans of WW II, the Lexington (CV-16) & Alabama (BB-60) got together in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend. The Lexington, still in service, was enroute to New Orleans for a visit, the Alabama was being towed to Mobile where she will be enshrined. Source MuseumShips page
After nearly 2 & 1/2 years of construction, the commissioning of the South Dakota-class battleship Alabama (BB-60) takes place at Norfolk Navy Yard. She is berthed at the uncompleted Pier 6, on 16 August 1942. In the foreground, note the open top of turret# 3 on Alabama. Source MuseumShips page
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Pre commissioning 3 July 1942
Alabama (BB-60) being towed through the Panama Canal on her way from Seattle to Mobile sometime in the summer of 1964. Note the secondary stern armament wrapped in their protective "dehumidifiers".