USS New York (BB-34) is the first ship of the New York class and the fifth of New York state’s warships. Construction began in 1911 at the Brooklyn Shipyard and she was launched in 1912. During the First World War New York was assigned to British waters and was mainly responsible for escort missions. Post-war, New York returned to daily training and participated in various fleet problem-solving exercises. She was modernized in 1925 and before the Second World War was involved in European neutral cruise tasks protecting merchant shipping to Britain. When the US declared war on Japan, New York was in North Africa campaigning for artillery support and also spent a lot of time in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean convoys. In 1945 New York was transferred to the Pacific Fleet and participated in the battle of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Post-war the New York participated in Operation Magic Carpet, carrying troops home. In July 1946 New York was incorporated into the Operation Crossroads as the target ship in a nuclear test, but she did not sink.