WISCONSIN was the fourth IOWA - class battleship and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name of the state. Stricken from the Navy list on March 17, 2006, the WISCONSIN is now preserved at the Nauticus Maritime Center in Norfolk, Va. Click here for a photo tour of the USS WISCONSIN museum.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: January 25, 1941|
|Launched: December 7, 1943|
|Commissioned: April 16, 1944|
|Decommissioned: July 1, 1948|
|Second commissioning: March 3, 1951|
|Second decommissioning: March 8, 1958|
|Third commissioning: October 22, 1988|
|Third decommissioning: September 30, 1991|
|Builder: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA|
|Propulsion system: eight boilers, four geared turbines|
|Length: 889 feet (271 meters)|
|Beam: 108 feet (32.9 meters)|
|Draft: 35,7 feet (10.9 meters)|
|Displacement: Light: approx. 46,000 tons|
|Full: approx. 57,000 tons|
|Speed: 33 knots|
|Aircraft: no hangar, but parking area for four SH-3 or four SH-60|
|Crew 1988 - 1991: 65 officers and 1,501 enlisted|
|WWII Crew: 134 officers and 2,400 enlisted|
|Last armament: eight armored box launchers for Tomahawk, four Mk 141 Harpoon missile launchers, nine 16-inch / 50 caliber guns, twelve 5-inch / 38 caliber guns, four 20mm Phalanx CIWS|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS WISCONSIN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS WISCONSIN Cruise Books:
Accidents aboard USS WISCONSIN:
|August 23, 1951||New York Harbor||WISCONSIN is freed after grounding on mud flats in New York Harbor.|
|October 19, 1955||New York Harbor||WISCONSIN is grounded for one hour in the East River, New York Harbor.|
|May 6, 1956||Chesapeake Bay|
|During an exercise the battleship collided with the destroyer EATON (DDE 510) in heavy fog. The collision caused heavy damage to both ships. The situation of the destroyer can be seen on the images below.|
WISCONSIN put into Norfolk with extensive damage to her bow and, one week later, entered drydock at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. A novel expedient speeded her repairs and enabled the ship to carry out her scheduled midshipman training cruise that summer. A 120-ton, 68-foot long section of the bow of the uncompleted battleship KENTUCKY was transported by barge, in one section, from Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Newport News, Va., across Hampton Roads to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Working round-the clock, WISCONSINís ship's force and shipyard personnel completed the operation which grafted the new bow on the old battleship in a mere 16 days. On 28 June 1956, the ship was ready for sea.
Commander Varley of the EATON is later court-martialed and found negligent.
|August 19, 1957||off Cape Henry, Virginia||WISCONSIN scrapes its bottom near a sea buoy off Cape Henry, Va., during a storm..|
USS WISCONSIN Patch Gallery:
USS WISCONSIN Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by Brian Barton on July 23, 2002. They show the WISCONSIN berthed at the Nauticus in Norfolk, Va. where she serves as a museum ship.