From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
BB Massachusetts: This graphic is posted in case Joseph is still reading.
When I stepped in for him March 1, 1944, Massachusetts had just been involved in action and had taken moderately heavy damage near New Guinea.
She limped to Oz and holed up there for awhile, as Erik had many subs in SWPac and SoPac. Over the ensuing months, as I shifted everything to NoPac, clearing the area, Erik gradually withdrew all his subs.
Then Massachusetts made the agonizingly slow journey to Pearl. Once she made it, I considered sending her on to West Coast but decided to err on the side of safety. Repairs would take longer, but at least she wouldn't run afoul of a sub.
Repairs were set at about 200+ days. That suited me, as she kind of served as a "guaranteed reserve" - a ship that would be ready later in the event a calamity took place in NoPac.
She's about ready now. She'll team up with CA Pittsburg, some good DDs, and possibly two fast CVs. I'm not yet sure of that TFs duty station. There are three possibilities, ranging from reinforcing NoPac, which is where the war shall be won, to far, far away, where an important assist to the war effort will take place in the summer months.