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USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship laid down on March 16, 1914 and launched one year later on June 19, 1915 with the hull number BB-39. The ship received the name of Arizona, the 48th state of America, it was commissioned on October 17, 1916 and carried a complement of 2,290 people on board. Due to its construction period, the vessel wasn’t able to participate in the World War I and it remained stateside during the war period. Between the wars, the ship was used for training exercises. At the battle from Pearl Harbor, the ship was extremely damaged so it couldn’t be repaired anymore. On December 29, 1941 the vessel was decommissioned after it served in the US Navy for 25 years. For the services brought to the USA during the World War II, the ship received 1 battle star and many awards.