When words fail; Mending fences with China | Opinion, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com Carmen Pedrosa (mother of Al Jazerra's Veronica Pedrosa) says: 'Filipinos cheered when the USS Washington steamed into Philippine waters to show its might and power. It is described as “the second of two battleships in the North Carolina class,” in Wikipedia and the third ship named in honor of the 42nd state.**There was praise for the speed with which the battleship was dispatched to the Philippines. But there were also skeptics who wondered why the US should have to send a battle ship with a huge contingent of soldiers. These remained musings of amateur political analysts.' Wikipedia really says: "USS Washington (BB-56) was a North Carolina-class battleship launched in 1940, decommissioned in 1947, and scrapped in 1961" Duh.