Rejoining the fleet in mid, it took part in the Allies' island-hopping campaign across the Pacific and played a role in the Battle of the Surigao Strait. Despite sustaining a kamikaze hit in April , Tennessee remained an active participant in operations through the end of the conflict in August.
These included enhanced protection below the waterline as well as fire control systems for both the main and secondary batteries. These were mounted atop two large cage masts. Roberts, serving as sponsor.
Pressing forward, the yard completed the ship and it entered commission on June 3, with Captain Richard H. Leigh in command. Finishing fitting out, the battleship ran trials in Long Island Sound that October.
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As part of this process, one of the ship's electrical turbines exploded, injuring two members of the crew. Operating from the West Coast, the battleship moved through annual cycles of peacetime training, maneuvers, and war games. Four years later, the battleship's anti-aircraft armament was enhanced. When the Japanese attacked , Tennessee 's crew manned the ship's anti-aircraft guns but were unable to prevent two bombs from hitting the ship. Entering Puget Sound Navy Yard, the battleship received needed repairs, additions to its anti-aircraft battery, and new search and fire control radars.
This saw the battleship's superstructure razed and rebuilt, enhancements to its power plant, the trunking of its two funnels into one, additions to the anti-aircraft armament, and incorporation of anti-torpedo protection into the hull. Ordered to the Aleutians later that month, the battleship provided gunfire support for landings there.
Following training off California, the battleship returned to action on January 31, , when it opened fired on Kwajalein and then remained offshore to support the landings. Arriving off Saipan, it struck targets ashore and later covered the landings. In the course of the fighting, the battleship took three hits from Japanese shore batteries which killed 8 and wounded Stock photo.
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