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USS Hawaii CB-3 Navy Cruiser

The first United States Navy ship to be named the USS Hawaii was an Alaska-class U.S. Navy cruiser known as the USS Hawaii (CB-3). The ship was partially constructed during World War II but it was never completed.

USS Hawaii (CB-3) Being Towed
USS Hawaii (CB-3) being towed away for scrapping on June 20, 1959.
The 12 foot turrets were removed before this picture was taken.
Photo Credit: United States Navy

Construction of the 27,500 ton USS Hawaii (CB-3) submarine was begun in 1945 by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden New Jersey. Construction was halted in 1947, when the ship was nearly 85% complete, when defense expenses were reduced after World War II. The Navy considered putting the USS Hawaii (CB-3) into service several times over the years, but she was eventually sold for scrap in 1954 to the Boston Metals Company in Baltimore,Maryland.

Navy History of the USS Hawaii (CB-3)
Seven photos of the USS Hawaii (CB-3) Navy cruiser taken between 1945 when the ship was under construction to 1959 when it was scrapped.

History of the Navy's Alaska Class Ships
Information about the United States Navy's 1941 Alaska-class large cruiser building program. Originally six ships were planned but only two were completed, the USS Alaska (CB-1) and the USS Guam (CB-2).

See also:
- USS Hawaii SSN-776 Submarine
- USS Kamehameha SSN-642 Submarine
- USS Bowfin Submarine Tour
- USS Arizona Battleship Memorial
- USS Missouri Battleship Tour

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