USS Idaho (Battleship No. 24; BB-24), was the second ship of the Mississippi-class, and was the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the U.S. state of Idaho. She was commissioned in 1908, and after her career in the USN, she was sold to Greece and renamed Lemnos in 1914. Lemnos served in the Hellenic Navy until she was sunk by German bombers in April 1941 during World War II. Idaho and her sister Mississippi were designed in response to Congressional desire to cap the growth and expense of new battleships, whose size and cost had increased dramatically since the introduction of the first true U.S. battleships, the Indiana-class of 1893. Displacement was limited to 13,000 tons (13,200 metric tons), a reduction of 3,000 tons (3,000 metric tons) from the prior Connecticut-class.

USS Idaho in Southern VictoryEdit

The USS Idaho was a U.S. Navy battleship attached to the U.S. Pacific fleet defending the Sandwich Islands. During the Battle of the Three Navies, the next battleship in line ahead, the USS Dakota, took a direct shell hit to the rudder. The two battleships barely missed colliding with each other.[1]


  1. Walk in Hell; pg. 226 HC, pg. 320 PB.

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