World of Warships

Proposed premium BB – The Mississippi

While she was a New Mexico class BB, she is a legend in her own right. The USS Mississippi is the last recorded BB to fire her guns on another BB in naval warfare history. While her actual role in that battle is quite comical (see below if interested), it does make her legendary in my book. And it is not like WW doesn't put in ship model duplicates. The USS Iowa and USS Missouri are sister ships of the same class and both are premium ships (Edit: ships in the game).

Anyway if you are fan of naval history you may get a kick out of this:

"After returning to the fleet, Mississippi provided gunfire support for the Marines that went ashore at Peleliu, bombarding Japanese positions on 12 September, three days before the landing. She remained there, shelling the island for a week, before proceeding on to Manus, which had recently been taken by American forces. Assigned to the invasion fleet for the Philippines under Rear Admiral Jesse B. Oldendorf, Mississippi left Manus on 12 October and arrived off Leyte on the 19th, when she began the coastal bombardment. During the Battle of Leyte Gulf, on the night of 24 October, Mississippi and the rest of the coastal bombardment battleships decisively defeated the Japanese Southern Force under Vice Admiral Shōji Nishimura in the Battle of Surigao Strait.<5> During the battle, the Japanese warships failed to detect the American vessels with their radar. Additionally, the narrow strait forced the Japanese to steam in line ahead, while Mississippi and the other battleships were stationed at the entrance, where they were able to fire full broadsides. As a result, Nishimura was unable to avoid having his "T" crossed. In the ensuing action, American destroyers inflicted heavy damage on the Japanese force, which was then annihilated by the concentrated fire from the battleships. Mississippi, which was equipped with older fire control radar, had trouble identifying targets in the darkness, and so fired only one 12-gun salvo, after Oldendorf had given the order to cease fire. This salvo was the last fired in the action, and proved to be the last time a battleship fired its guns at another battleship." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Mississippi_(BB-41))

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