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USS Montana (BB-67) was never built. Had the Montana-class Battleships been built, they would have been the largest, best protected and the most heavily armed Battleships put to sea by the United States. They would have been the only US Navy battleship to have rivaled the Imperial Japanese Navy's Yamato-class Battleships in terms of armor, weaponry and displacement.

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The Montana class battleship was designed to be the successor to the four Iowa class fast battleships in service during World War II, a further two Iowa class battleships were under construction but scrapped at the end of the war.

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As was expected with the Montana-class if completed, Midway-class aircraft carriers were the first US Navy ships too big to transit the Panama canal. Description from I searched for this on

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USS Iowa (BB 61) - the lead ship of her class of battleship and the fourth in the United States Navy to be named in honor of the 29th state. Owing to the cancellation of the Montana-class battleships, Iowa is the last lead ship of any class of US battleships and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Launched 1942, decommissioned, for last time, 1990.

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... the Japanese Yamato class was bigger and more powerful the Richelieu class is often considered among the most powerful battleship ever built. Description from I searched for this on

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