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USS New Mexico was a New Mexico-class battleship laid down on October 14, 1915 and launched two years later on April 13, 1917 with the hull number BB-40. The ship received the name of New Mexico, one of the 50 states of America, it was commissioned on May 20, 1918 and carried a complement of 1,084 people on board. Due to its construction period, the vessel wasn’t able to participate in the World War I and it participated in training exercises with the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets. Between the wars, the ship was used also for training exercises. During the World War II, it had the main missions in the Atlantic Ocean, Attu and Kiska, Marshall Islands, Palau Islands, Mariana Islands, Leyte, Okinawa and Luzon. On July 19, 1946 the vessel was decommissioned after it served in the US Navy for 28 years. For the services brought to the USA during the World War II, the ship received 6 battle stars and many awards.