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Gallery: 1917-1929 Description: A catapult-less Arizona (BB-39). According to Paul Stillwell's book the base was installed by mid 1925. The stern cat itself was installed in a refit from mid June to mid September (Stillwell, p87). A photo on the following page that shows the cat was dated March of '26. The turret cat was added between Arizona' post-modernization recommissioning (July '31) and the spring of 1932. The vessel in front is probably a Cuyama class oiler, of which there is a choice of three: Cuyama (AO-3), Brazos (AO-4) or Neches (AO-5) ... all presuming that there really are only six letters in the ship's otherwise unreadable name. Taking a wild guess, I'd bet about a Dime that she's Brazos, since that is the only one of the class that wasn't carrying deck guns during the 1920s (otherwise, there ought to be a 5" gun on each side aft). However, I'm not even close to certain about that.
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