A true story at the Pearl Harbour
Launched in 1919,
USS California (BB-44)
was a mighty vessel,
the flagship of the US Pacific fleet
– an honor she held for 20 years from 1921 until 1941.
The California was a Tennessee-class battleship,
and like her classmate—
which was also stationed at Pearl Harbor—
she was capable of 21 knots
and was armed with 12 14-inch guns.
The USS California
was younger than the Arizona (BB-39),
built in 1917,
but not the youngest battleship at Pearl Harbor,
which was the USS West Virginia (BB-48),
launched in 1921.
Along with these ships,
the California deployed to Hawaii
with the rest of the Pacific Fleet in 1940.