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USS California was a Tennessee-class battleship laid down on October 10, 1916 and launched three years later on November 20, 1919 with the hull number BB-44. The ship received the name of California, the 31st state of America, it was commissioned on August 10, 1921 and carried a complement of 1,083 people on board. Due to its construction period, the vessel wasn’t able to participate in the World War I and it participated in sports competitions between the wars. During the World War II, it had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, San Pedro, the Marinas, Saipan, Guam, the Philippine Islands and Okinawa. On February 14, 1947 the vessel was decommissioned after it served in the US Navy for 26 years. For the services brought to the USA during the World War II, the ship received 10 battle stars and many awards.