Skip to comments.The U.S. Navy’s Iowa-Class: The Best Battleships Ever
Posted on 02/07/2021 6:48:05 AM PST by Onthebrink
Armed with a main battery of 16-inch guns that could hit targets nearly 24 miles away with a variety of artillery shells, the Iowa-class were among the most heavily armed U.S. military ships ever put to see. The battleships’ main battery consisted of nine 16″/50 caliber Mark 7 guns in three-gun turrets, which could fire 2,700-pound (1,225 kg) armor-piercing shells some 23 miles (42.6 km). Secondary batteries consisted of twenty 5″/38 caliber guns mounted in twin-gun dual-purpose (DP) turrets, which could hit targets up to 9 miles (16.7 km) away.
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I concur! Friends and family served aboard these magnificent ships.
Ever put to see?
Please shut the F up.
I do believe they can still be of use. I read something about a ship based missile being developed that has a 10k mile range. A ‘moving’ launcher would be hard to pinpoint for retaliatory attacks. No need for new ship designs.
My dad was the supply officer on USS New Jersey BB-62 during the Korean war. I still have his cruise books and some other items from that time frame. Pretty cool. I got to go on board when they returned to Norfolk. Pretty impressive for a little kid. Thinkin’ between first and second grade? :-)
The New Jersey created a lot of catfish ponds in Vietnam.
No doubt the best and last of their class. However when reviewing their actual service records, it is hard to define an instance where their presence and firepower was the defining asset that changed the course or result of a battle. Even the shelling of shore fortifications prior to invasions had no doubt some effect but was not definitive. If the big guns did as well as advertised and projected by the designers and advocates, casualities on Iwo Jima and Okinowa would have been much less.
To “see”. I was aboard the USS JFK and never put to see once. What crawled up your bum and died?
Yes, we have them. They are called ballistic submarines.
16″/50 caliber s/b 16″/50 calibers
IOW, the barrel is 50 times as long as the caliber of the bore
Never put to see but I’ve spent my fair share of time in the dessert with my Marine Corps Air Wing.
I hate when things are put to see.
“I’ve spent my fair share of time in the dessert with my Marine Corps Air Wing.”
I had a few desserts in the desert. Shared them with some Corpse Men.
Harumpf! Dad’s introduction to the Japanese was off the coast of Okinawa when he was manning an antiaircraft gun at the base of the #3 turret of the Maryland, the a Kamikaze flew bare feet over his head and impacted the the top of said turret.
It's MUCH worse when they are put to not see.
It's why there are so many not sees at CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and even Fox...
Not sees. See what I did there?...
“Put to see?” Are you high, or stupid?
In other words, about average for '19FortyFive'.
I think if I was storming, let’s say, a Taiwanese beach being held by a couple divisions of PLA, I would like the ability to call for some of those 16” shells. If there’s a better ways to kill thousands of Chinese soldiers in the space of a few minutes, I’m all for that too.
That is one thing that I always pondered over when reading about amphibious landings in both the Pacific and at D-Day. All literature discusses the massive naval bombardments that pounded shore installations, and yet, resistance remained difficult to say the least.
First, I think it says a lot about how well dug in the Japanese and Germans were in their prepared defenses, and it raises the question as to how much worse it might have been without the bombardment. In either case, I think it speaks to the inherent difficulties of conducting an amphibious landing against a prepared foe.
As to their modern utility, they would be a fearsome weapon utilizing smart munitions in their main guns with satellite precision guidance as well as being used as missile trucks. Their vulnerability and ability to keep pace with a carrier battle group would also inhibit their general usage.
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