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USS Arkansas was a Wyoming-class battleship laid down on January 25, 1910 and launched one year later on January 14, 1911 with the hull number BB-33. The ship received the name of the 25th state of America, it was commissioned on September 17, 1912 and carried a complement of 1,063 people on board. Due to its construction period, the vessel was able to participate both in the World War I and in World War II. Although it was assigned in the World War I to the Battleship Division Nine, the ship didn’t take any action. Only after the war ended the vessel made some training cruises for marine students and some departure overseas for regular customers. During the World War II, the Arkansas conducted Neutrality Patrols in the Atlantic, escorted convoys to Europe in 1944, supported the invasion of Normandy and participated in the invasion of southern France. It also participated in the impingement of Japanese positions during the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. When the World War II ended, the ship transported troops back to the United States and participated in the Operation Crossroads where it sunk on July 25, 1946. Several days later, on July 29, 1946 it was decommissioned after it served in the US Navy for 34 years. For the services brought to the USA during the two world wars, the ship received 4 battle stars and many awards.