Allied Warships


South Dakota class

4 ships

The battleship USS South Dakota (BB 57) of the US Navy.

Technical information

Displacement37970 BRT 
Length680 feet 
Complement1793 men 
ArmamentAs designed; 9 16"/45 guns (3x3).
20 5"/38 DP guns (10x2).
12 1.1" AA (3x4).
12 .50 cal MG.
3 aircraft, 2 catapults. 
Max speed27.5 knots
EnginesGeared turbines, 4 shafts 
Power130000 SHP 
Notes on classSouth Dakota was fitted out as flagship and had only 16 5"/38 DP guns (8x2). 

US Navy US Navy ships of the South Dakota class

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USS Alabama (BB 60)
USS Indiana (BB 58)
USS Massachusetts (BB 59)
USS South Dakota (BB 57)

4 Battleships of the South Dakota class.

See all US Navy Battleship classes.

US fast battleships 1936-47

Lawrence Burr

Books dealing with this subject include:

US battleships 1941-1963, Wayne Scarpaci, 2009
US fast battleships 1936-47, Lawrence Burr, 2010

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