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Ship ClassMississippi-class Battleship
BuilderWilliam Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Laid Down12 May 1904
Launched9 Dec 1905
Commissioned30 Jul 1914
Sunk23 Apr 1941
Displacement13,000 tons standard; 14,697 tons full
Length382 feet
Beam77 feet
Draft25 feet
MachineryTwo Triple-expansion reciprocating engines, eight Babcock & Wilcox boilers
Power Output10,000 shaft horsepower
Speed17 knots
Armament4x305mm guns, 8x203mm guns, 8x178mm guns, 12x76mm guns, 6x3pdr guns, 2x1pdr guns, 2x533mm torpedo tubes
Armor178-229mm belt, 152-254mm barbettes, 178-305mm turrets, 229mm conning tower


ww2dbaseCommissioned in 1908, USS Idaho visited European ports, conducted war games in the Caribbean Sea, and protected American interests in Mexico during a coup d'Ă©tat attempt. In Jul 1914, she was transferred to Greece, and was renamed Lemnos, after the 1913 Battle of Lemnos during the First Balkan War. She departed the United States quickly due to the impending war in Europe. Although Greece initially declared neutrality, France would violate Greek neutrality in 1916, seizing its navy, which resulted in Lemnos being disarmed and being made stationary. Greece would later declare war on the Central Powers, but Lemnos would only serve as a stationary defensive naval gun battery for the remainder of WW1. During the inter-war years, she saw service during the Russian Civil War and the Greco-Turkish War. In 1932, she was placed in reserve; parts of her armor plating were removed to build fortifications on the island of Aegina. In 1937, she was disarmed, but remained in service as floating barracks at Salamis, Greece. On 23 Apr 1941, German Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers raided Salamis; Lemnos' crew saved her by beaching the old battleship, but the action would ultimately spell the end of her career. She was broken up for scrap after WW2.

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USS Idaho fitting out at William Cramp and Sons yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, circa 1906USS Mississippi (foreground) and USS Idaho (background) fitting out at William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 1907-1908USS Idaho, 14 Sep 1908USS Idaho in the Hudson River off Fort Lee, New Jersey, United States, 1909
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Lemnos Operational Timeline

12 May 1904 The keel of battleship Idaho was laid down by William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
9 Dec 1905 Battleship Idaho was launched at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sponsored by the daughter of Idaho Governor Frank R. Gooding, Louise May Gooding.
1 Apr 1908 USS Idaho was commissioned into service at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States with Captain Samuel W. B. Diehl in command.
4 May 1911 USS Idaho departed Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
27 Oct 1913 USS Idaho was placed in reserve in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
17 Jul 1914 USS Idaho arrived at Villefranche-sur-Mer, Provence-Alpes-CĂ´te d'Azur, France.
30 Jul 1914 USS Idaho was transferred to the Greek Navy and was renamed Lemnos.
23 Apr 1941 Lemnos was beached at Salamis, Greece during a German air raid to prevent sinking.

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USS Idaho fitting out at William Cramp and Sons yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, circa 1906
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