USS Delaware BB-28

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USS Delaware BB-28

Postby afilter » Sat Oct 16, 2010 3:21 am

Ship: USS Delaware
Manufacturer: GHQ
Scale: 1/2400

Delaware is the last class of USN BB I need to complete my 6th Squadron (Battleship Division 9) for the Grand Fleet in WWI.

USS Delaware BB-28:
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Pre-World War I
After visiting Wilmington, Delaware from 3–9 October 1910 to receive a gift of a silver service from the state, Delaware sailed from Hampton Roads on 1 November with the First Division, Atlantic Fleet, to visit Weymouth, England, and Cherbourg, France, and after battle practice at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, returned to Norfolk, Virginia on 18 January 1911. She departed on 31 January to carry the remains of Chilean Minister Cruz to Valparaíso, sailing by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Punta Arenas, Chile. Returning to New York City on 5 May, she sailed on 4 June for Portsmouth, England, where from 19–28 June she took part in the fleet review accompanying the coronation of King George V.


Delaware under way 1914.In her operations with the Fleet from 1912–1917, Delaware joined in exercises, drills, and torpedo practice at Rockport and Provincetown, Massachusetts; engaged in special experimental firing and target practice at Lynnhaven Roads; trained in Cuban waters participating in fleet exercises; and provided summer training for midshipmen. She passed before President William Howard Taft and the Secretary of the Navy in the Naval Review of 14 October 1912 and the next year visited Villefranche, France while on a cruise with Wyoming and Utah. In 1914 and again in 1916, she cruised off Veracruz to protect American lives and property during the political disturbances in Mexico.

[edit] World War I
When the US entered World War I, Delaware returned to Hampton Roads from winter maneuvers in the Caribbean to train armed guard crews and engineers, as well as join in exercises to ready the Fleet for war. On 25 November 1917, she sailed from Lynnhaven Roads with Battleship Division 9 (BatDiv 9), bound for Scapa Flow, Scotland. After battling bad weather in the North Atlantic, she joined the 6th Battle Squadron of the British Grand Fleet on 14 December for exercises to coordinate the operations of the Allied force.

The 6th Battle Squadron got underway on 6 February 1918 with an escort of eight British destroyers to convoy a large group of merchant ships to Norway. Cruising off Stavanger two days later, Delaware was attacked twice by a submarine, but each time skillful handling enabled the battleship to evade the torpedoes. The squadron returned to its home base at Scapa Flow on 10 February. Delaware participated in two more convoy voyages in March and April, then sailed with the Grand Fleet on 24 April to reinforce the 2nd Battlecruiser Squadron which was on convoy duty and expected contact with the enemy. Only the vessels of the advance screen made any contact, and the chance for action faded.

From 30 June–2 July, the 6th Battle Squadron, with a division of British destroyers as escort, went to sea to screen American ships laying the North Sea mine barrage. On 22 July, George V inspected the ships of the Grand Fleet at Rosyth, Scotland, and eight days later, after being relieved by Arkansas, Delaware sailed for Hampton Roads, arriving on 12 August.

[edit] Inter-war period
Delaware remained at York River until 12 November 1918, then sailed to Boston Navy Yard for an overhaul. On 11 March 1919, she joined the Fleet in Cuban waters for exercises. Returning to New York on 14 April she continued to operate in division, squadron and fleet maneuvers, and participated in the Naval Review at Hampton Roads on 28 April 1921. She made two midshipmen practice cruises, one to Colon, Panama, Martinique, and other ports in the Caribbean, and to Halifax, Nova Scotia from 5 June–31 August 1922; and a second to Europe, visiting Copenhagen, Greenock, Cádiz, and Gibraltar from 9 July–29 August 1923.

Delaware entered Norfolk Navy Yard on 30 August, and her crew was transferred to Colorado, a newly commissioned battleship assigned to replace Delaware in the Fleet. Moving to Boston Navy Yard in September, she was stripped of warlike equipment and decommissioned on 10 November 1923. Delaware was sold on 5 February 1924 and scrapped in accordance with the Washington Naval Treaty on the limitation of armaments
Last entry for awhile as I am now out of ships to paint. ;)
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Postby rcbecker1 » Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:10 am

looks good.
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Postby Lincolnlog » Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:55 am

Nice, I love the look of those old Battleships.

Aaron, have you had an opportunity to tour the USS Texas?

It's in it's WWII weapons fit, but it's the last US pre-WWI Battleship.
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Postby afilter » Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:10 pm

Lincolnlog wrote:Nice, I love the look of those old Battleships.

Aaron, have you had an opportunity to tour the USS Texas?

It's in it's WWII weapons fit, but it's the last US pre-WWI Battleship.
No, it is on my to do list along with a few others including AC olympia the last of the Spanish American War survivors.
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Postby rcbecker1 » Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:56 am

Yeah that would be fun.
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