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Key point: Washington wasn't sure what to do with its battleships towards the end of the war. America did use them to bombard Japan, but doing so was very risky.
In mid-1945 the U.S. Navy (USN) had an unusual, and unexpected, problem.
With the naval war well in hand, the USN had plenty of battleships and little use for them. Had the United States eventually invaded Japan, these battleships would have offered gunfire support to amphibious assaults...
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