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USS Pennsylvania was a Pennsylvania-class battleship laid down on October 27, 1913 and launched one year later on March 16, 1915 with the hull number BB-38. The ship received the name of Arizona, one of the 50 states of America, it was commissioned on June 12, 1916 and carried a complement of 1,358 people on board. Due to its construction period, the vessel was able to participate both in the World War I and in the World War II. During the World War I, the ship was attached to the Atlantic Fleet and had the main operations in the Caribbean Sea, and training exercises near Chesapeake Bay. Between the wars, the ship was also used for training exercises. During the World War II, the vessel had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Alaska, the Gilbert Islands, New Hebrides, Saipan, Agat Beach, Oreote Island, Leyte, Santiago Islands, South China Sea and Okinawa. On August 29, 1946 the vessel was decommissioned after it served in the US Navy for 30 years. For the services brought to the USA during the World War II, the ship received 8 battle stars and 1 Navy Unit Commendation.