The International Naval Research Organization is a non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement of the study of naval vessels and their histories, principally in the era of iron and steel warships (about 1860 to date). Its purpose is to provide information and a means of contact for those interested in warships. The principal activity of INRO for over 50 years has been the publication of a quarterly journal, Warship International, recognized internationally as the leading and most authoritative publication in the field. Auxiliary services include a Book Service, offering a 10 per cent discount on current naval books, and the Photo Service, which provides warship photos at a nominal price.
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This view of the USS Wilson (DD-408) depicts the launching of the ship on 12 April 1939 at Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington. The ship had a displacement of 1,725 tons; length of 341’ 4”; beam of 35’ 6”; and a draft of 10’ 9”.  Armament was 4 – 5”, 4 - .50 cal. Mg., 16 - 21” torpedoes. Note the USS Saratoga (CV-3) in the left background of the photograph. Prior to WW II the ship was assigned various duties on the West Coast of the U.S. and Hawaii and later on the East Coast of the U.S. After the U.S. entered WW II the Wilson operated in the Atlantic Theater with various USN forces and also ships of the Royal Navy. On 4 June 1942 the Wilson left Norfolk for the Pacific Theater; she later left for the South Pacific on 1 July 1942.  During 1942 and 1943 Wilson spent most her days in escort duty for carriers and transports etc. During this period the ship was engaged in a number of major engagements in the South Pacific. On 16 April 1944 Wilson came under attack by a suicide plane. The plane was destroyed but the ship received some minor damage from the bomb the plane was carrying. Five crew members were lost and three were injured. After the war Wilson was earmarked for use in the Bikini A-bomb test. The ship was decommissioned on 29 August 1946.  She did not sink in the test and was scuttled in deep water on 8 March 1948. Wilson received 11 Battle Stars for her service in WW II. The photograph is © Associated Press.
The International Naval Research Organization is a non- profit organization dedicated to the encouragement of the study of naval vessels and their histories, principally in the era of iron and steel warships (about 1860 to date). Its purpose is to provide information and a means of contact for those interested in warships. The principal activity of INRO for over 50 years has been the publication of a quarterly journal, Warship International, recognized internationally as the leading and most authoritative publication in the field. Auxiliary services include a Book Service, offering a 10 per cent discount on current naval books, and the Photo Service, which provides warship photos at a nominal price.
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February 2017

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