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502 - USS Iowa BB-61
Thursday, April 30, 2009



"The Big Stick"

Class and type: Iowa-class battleship
Displacement: 45,000 tons (40,823 tonnes)
Length: 887 ft 3 in (270 m)
Beam: 108 ft 2 in (32.9 m)
Draft: 37 ft 2 in (11.3 m)
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h)
Complement: 151 officers, 2637 enlisted
Armament: 1943:
9 x 16 in (406 mm) 50 cal. Mark 7 guns
20 × 5 in (127 mm) 38 cal. Mark 12 guns
80 x 40 mm 56 cal. anti-aircraft guns
49 x 20 mm 70 cal. anti-aircraft guns
1984:
9 x 16 in (406 mm) 50 cal. Mark 7 guns
12 × 5 in (127 mm) 38 cal. Mark 12 guns
32 x BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles
16 x RGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship missiles
4 x 20 mm/76 cal. Phalanx CIWS
Armor: Belt: 12.1 in (307 mm)
Bulkheads: 11.3 in (287 mm)
Barbettes: 11.6 to 17.3 in (295 to 439 mm)
Turrets: 19.7 in (500 mm)
Decks: 7.5 in (190 mm)
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Thursday, April 30, 2009  
3 Comments:
  • At 4/30/09, 7:01 PM, Blogger Arjan said…

    if a target is 'too' close, you can just overshoot and burn it out of the water..damn.

     
  • At 4/30/09, 9:59 PM, Anonymous Biscuits&Gravey said…

    Where the swine flu came from...

     
  • At 5/4/09, 2:57 PM, Blogger Woozie said…

    I still don't really know why the Navy got rid of battleships. I suppose the old ones would get too expensive to maintain, but the concept of sticking big ass guns on a moderately nimble ship is an excellent one. Plus, those ships could hold hundreds of shells at any given time. Missile cruisers top out at 50 missiles or so, certainly less than the battleships. Do the math eh?

     
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