After a short
shakedown cruise, she joined the U.S. Atlantic Fleet as flagship of 2nd
Division, Squadron 1. Georgia sailed to Hampton Roads March, 26 1907 for
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where she participated in gunnery practice with
the fleet. After returning briefly to Boston Navy Yard for repairs,
Georgia joined with other ships of the Atlantic Fleet in ceremonies
opening the Jamestown Exposition. President Theodore Roosevelt and
dignitaries present reviewed the fleet June 10, 1907.
Georgia next sailed with the fleet for target practice in Cape Cod Bay,
arriving June15th. During these drills, July 15, a powder charge ignited
prematurely in her aft 8 inch turret, killing 10 officers and men and
Arriving in Hampton Roads December 7, 1907, USS Georgia gathered with 15
other battleships, a torpedo boat squadron, and transports for a naval review preceding the cruise of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet to
the West Coast. On December 16, President Teddy Roosevelt reviewed the
assembled "Great White Fleet" and sent it on the first leg of an
around-the-world. Visiting many South American countries and their cruise, the fleet met with ships of the Pacific Fleet in
a review in San Francisco for the Secretary of the Navy May 8,
1908. Then Georgia, departed San Francisco July 7, 1908 for the second leg of the
cruise, showing the flag and displaying American sea power
to the world, including the Philippines, Australia,
Japan, and Mediterranean ports. The fleet returned to Hampton Roads February 22, 1909.
On June 5, 1913 participated in a 2-month
practice cruise for United States Naval Academy midshipmen. After a
long overhaul period in Boston Navy Yard, Georgia arrived off the coast
of Mexico 14 January14, 1914 with other fleet units to protect American
interests in the troubled Veracruz-Tampico area. The battleship
returned briefly to Norfolk, Virginia, in March, but was soon back
cruising Mexican waters, and from August to October 1914 cruised off
Haiti for the protection of American civilians.
She arrived at Boston Navy Yard for overhaul
December 20. 1915 and decommissioned January 27, 1916.
The USS Georgia sailed from Boston for San Diego,
the Panama Canal, July 16, 1919, and after participating in ceremonial
operations for two months, entered Mare Island Navy Yard for repairs
September 1919. Here Georgia staged until decommissioning July 15,
She was sold for scrap in November 1923 in accordance with
the Washington Naval Treaty. Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel
Register November 10, 1923.