Haze Gray Mystery Picture #117 Answer


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Can You Identify This Ship?

These are the Greek coast defense ships Kilkis and Lemnos, formerly the battleships USS Idaho (BB 24) and USS Mississippi (BB 23), sunk at Salamis, Greece, during WWII.

The two Mississippi class ships were an ill-advised attempt to build smaller, less expensive battleships. They turned out to be slow, poor seaboats, and under armed. To make matters worse, they were completed in 1908, just as the Dreadnought-type battleships were arriving on the scene, so they were immediately obsolete, and within a few years were reduced to auxiliary duties. Both ships were decommissioned in 1914 and sold to Greece as coast defense ships, the proceeds from the sale funding a new Idaho (BB 42). They were the only ex-USN battleships ever sold for foreign service.

Lemnos was decommissioned by the Greeks in 1932 and became a training ship; after 1937 she was an accommodations hulk. Kilkis also left service in 1932 and became a training ship in 1935. Both were sunk by German aircraft in port at Salamis, 23 April 1941, as seen here. Despite years in foreign service, they retain their basic US Navy configuration, including the distinctive cage masts. Both ships were salvaged in 1951 and broken up.

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