- Published: Friday, 12 November 1999 00:00
ARIZONA sailed for Guantanamo Bay with the Fleet on 4 February 1919, and arrived on 8 February 1919. After engaging in battle practices and maneuvers there, the battleship sailed for Trinidad on 17 March 1919, arriving there five days later for a three-day port visit. She then returned to Guantanamo Bay on 29 March 1919 for a brief period, sailing for Hampton Roads on 9 April 1919. Arriving at her destination on the morning of the 12th, she got underway late that afternoon for Brest, France, ultimately making arrival there on 21 April 1919.
The battleship stood out of Brest harbor on 3 May 1919, bound for Asia Minor, and arrived at the port of Smyrna eight days later to protect American lives there during the Greek occupation of that port - an occupation resisted by gunfire from Turkish nationals. ARIZONA provided temporary shelter on board for a party of Greek nationals, while the battleship's Marine detachment guarded the American consulate; a number of American citizens also remained on board ARIZONA until conditions permitted them to return ashore. Departing Smyrna on 9 June 1919 for Constantinople, Turkey, the battleship carried the United States consul-at-large, Leland E. Morris, to that port before sailing for New York on 15 June 1919. Proceeding via Gibraltar, ARIZONA reached her destination 30 June 1919.
Entering New York Navy Yard for upkeep soon thereafter, the battleship cleared that port on 6 January 1920 to join Battleship Division 7 for winter and spring maneuvers in the Caribbean. She operated out of Guantanamo Bay during this period, and also visited Bridgetown, Barbados, in the British West Indies, and Colon, in the Canal Zone, before she sailed north for New York, arriving there on 1 May 1920. Departing New York on 17 May 1920, ARIZONA operated on the Southern Drill Grounds, and the visited Norfolk and Annapolis, before returning to New York on 25 June 1920.