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A total of three ships of the United States Navy have borne the name USS Arizona. The first two ships predate both the territory and state of Arizona, but within the region of northern Mexico known as la Pimería Alta ("the Upper Pima Country") was a district called variously "Arizonac," "Arissona," or "Arizona." La Pimería Alta was divided into the Mexican state of Sonora and the American territory-cum-state of Arizona. The battleship Arizona (BB-39), third to bear the name, was named explicitly in honor of the 48th state.

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