National Affairs: The Last

The West Virginia, latest U. S. dreadnaught, was commissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard. She is a sister ship of the Maryland and the Colorado (TIME, Sept. 10) which are already in commission. Under the terms of the Washington Disarmament Treaty, she is the last ship of her class which the U. S. can build for ten years.

She is a 32,600-ton vessel, 624 feet in length, 97 feet abeam, with a speed of 21 knots. She carries eight 16-inch guns, twelve 5-inch guns, two 21-inch submerged torpedo tubes. Her complement is 1,400 officers and...

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