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The USS Texas (BB-35) is a former United States Navy New York class battleship. She was launched on May 18th, 1912, and commissioned on March 12th, 1914.
Soon after her commissioning, Texas saw action in Mexican waters following the "Tampico Incident" and made numerous sorties into the North Sea during World War I. When the United States formally entered World War II 1941, the USS Texas escorted war convoys across the Atlantic and later shelled Axis-held beaches for the North African campaign and the Normandy Landings before being transferred to the Pacific Theater late in 1944 to provide naval gunfire support during the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The USS Texas was decommissioned in 1948, having earned a total of five battle stars for service in World War II, and is now a museum ship near Houston, Texas. In addition to her combat service, Texas also served as a technological testbed during her career, and in this capacity became the first US battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns, the first US ship to control gunfire with directors and range-keepers (analog forerunners of today's computers), the first US battleship to launch an aircraft, from a platform on Turret 2, and was one of the first to receive the CXAM-1 version of CXAM production radar in the US Navy.
Among the world's remaining battleships, Texas is notable for being the first US battleship to become a permanent museum ship, the first battleship declared to be a US National Historic Landmark, and is the only remaining World War I–era dreadnought battleship. She is also noteworthy for being one of only seven remaining ships and the only remaining capital ship to have served in both World Wars. She is not, however, the oldest surviving steel battleship, an honor which goes to the twelve year older pre-dreadnought Mikasa ordered in 1898 by the Imperial Japanese Navy.
This wood was installed in 1990 as part of a refurbishment project and later removed in 2014.