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I admit this is purely personal as I am trying to write a history on my father. I remember him telling me that before the Pearl Harbor attack he was helping to install radar in some of the ships. He said that he was inside of one of the tripod masts installing the clamps for the cables between the radar platform and the radar screen when he hit a live cable with his torch (probably a electric torch). Of course the flash was blinding, which is exactly what it did - he was hospitalized for two weeks but finally regained his sight. I cannot remember if he said it was the OKLAHOMA or the NEVADA or for that matter it could have been the ARIZONA -

Can anyone tell me which of the 3 ships had the preliminary cables etc installed for radar ?? I am sure it was one of these 3 ships and none of the others.

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Michael,  I can't say much about OKLAHOMA or NEVADA as I have not studied them as heavily; but I do know that some preliminary work had been done on ARIZONA.   ARIZONA had the support platform and pedestal completed on top of the foremast for what I believe was to be an SC type radar antenna array.  As to any preliminary wiring / cabling work, I'm not sure how much had been done.   I will see what I can find though, so keep checking back.

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Thanks Brian, appreciate any help you can give me on this.

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Aloha All,
Found the following under "search" by listing "radar":
http://www.pearlharborattacked.com/cgi-bin....opic=12
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I realize that this is getting off on a bit of a tangent, but to continue the "radar to be installed" question;  One additional source, (BATTLESHIPS OF THE U.S. NAVY IN WORLD WAR II by S. Terzibaschitsch) does not indicate which type was planned; whereas the Ships Data Series book on the ARIZONA, states that the SC type was to be installed.
If anyone else out there has more on this we'd love to hear from them.
Now back to the subject . . . Also according to the Ships Data Series book; and I quote, "Structural modifications had been made during her last overhaul and work was progressing on the installation of system components."  To me, this would indicate on-going work and thus would probably mean that ARIZONA was to get their radar fairly soon, like early 1942.

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If memory serves the Arizona was due for a visit to Bremerton in January of 1942. The radar, 1.1" AA guns, and directors for said guns were due to be installed (there was probably more work set to be done but this is all that I am aware of). There was a platform for the radar on the Arizona's forward tripod but the radar itself had not been mounted at the time of the attack.
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Found the answer to a question that I had posted on this site concerning CXAM air search radars on another site.  The following ships had the CXAM radars installed by the time of the attack:CV LEXINGTON, SARATOGA, RANGER, YORKTOWN, ENTERPRISE, and ####; BB TEXAS, PENNSYLVANIA, CALIFORNIA, WEST VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA and WASHINGTON; CA PENSACOLA, NORTHAMPTON, CHESTER, CHICAGO and AUGUSTA; CL CINCINNATI, and AV CURTISS. I do not know if the COLORADO had this radar installed during her refit/overhaul at Bremmerton.
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