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Militaries practice for war. They might send bombs into old battleships. They want to stay prepared for fights at sea. There are areas of the sea specifically used for this type of training. Militaries try to make these trainings as much like real combat as possible.

The USS Alabama served during World War II (1939–1945). Many battleships are destroyed when the military is done using them. But the USS Alabama was not. People can visit it in Mobile, Alabama. They can see its guns and cannons. They can go inside to see where sailors lived and ate.

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Making Connections


What kind of military ship would you want to see up close? Why?


Have you read another book about a military vehicle? How is that vehicle’s job similar to a military ship’s job? How is it different?


Many inventions helped improve military ships. Which invention do you think improved ships the most?

Teacher Resources

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