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USS Rhode Island

Three ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Rhode Island in honor of the 13th state.

The first USS Rhode Island[?], was a wooden sidewheel steamer previously named John P. King and Eagle, and later renamed Charleston that saw action in the American Civil War.

The second USS Rhode Island (BB-17), a Virginia-class battleship[?], sailed on the first leg of the Great White Fleet's voyage, and provided anti-submarine services during World War I.

The Ohio-class submarine SSBN-730[?] was laid down as Rhode Island, but when Senator Henry M. Jackson died, the next boat to be launched was given his name, and USS Rhode Island (SSBN-740)[?] became the third ship named for the state.



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