The USS Dakota was a United States Navy battleship of a post-dreadnought design that served during the Great War. It was named for the state of Dakota, which is in the northwestern United States, bordering Canada.
It served mainly in the Pacific Ocean, where it took part in the conquest of the Sandwich Islands. It saw heavy action against both British and Japanese vessels in that theater and was badly damaged in the Battle of the Three Navies. Her rudder was jammed and she was forced to move in circles, vulnerable to enemy fire. Nonethless, the ship survived, and became something of a legend.
After that battle, the Dakota was transferred to the South Atlantic, where it saw action against British and Argentinian vessels. In 1917 the Dakota took part in a massive Central Powers fleet that included American, Brazilian, and Chilean ships. In the South Atlantic, it enjoyed the dubious distinction of being one of the first capital ships to come under air attack when an Argentine biplane narrowly missed it with an armor-piercing bomb. The Central Powers task force finally managed to cut the supply lines between Britain and Argentina, forcing Britain to surrender. It received news of Britain's surrender minutes before engaging an Entente fleet of British and Argentine ships that was roughly the same size.
People known to have served aboard the DakotaEdit