USN Ship Types--Iowa class (BB-61 through 66)
Battleship Photo Index BB-66 KENTUCKYKentucky (BB-66). Under construction at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia. Keel originally laid in March 1942; construction suspended in June 1942, resumed in December 1944 and suspended again in February 1947. Hull launched in January 1950 to clear the building dock. Sold for scrapping in 1958.
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The keel of the Kentucky (BB-66) is seen being laid on 7 March 1942 at Norfolk Navy Yard. Work progressed until June, 1942, when the completed section that would be the base for the machinery spaces was launched to clear the shipway for higher priority construction. This section remained at a nearby dock until work resumed over two years later.Bottom structure is prepared for launching, at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, 10 June 1942. It was launched to clear the shipway for landing ship tank (LST) construction. Work was not resumed on Kentucky's (BB-66) hull for nearly thirty more months.