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Battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) firing all 15 of its guns

Discussion in 'US Navy Forum' started by pupcuss27, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. pupcuss27

    pupcuss27 CLM

    May 13, 2007
    An overhead view of the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) firing all 15 of its guns (nine 16-inch and six 5-inch) during a target exercise near Vieques Island. Careful observation of the three main turrets shows the barrels in various states of recoil.

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  2. standerson


    Jan 23, 2006
    That was the best tour of duty I had in the Navy, even with April 19th.

  3. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    But the caption is a bit off. There are 12 5"38cal barrels on BB61. Half of them are firing in this photo.

    This shot was taken before the Turret Two disaster of 19Apr89, which killed an old shipmate of mine, GMGCS Reginald Ziegler.
  4. geminicricket

    geminicricket NRA Life member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Lewisville, TX USA
    You know, the way the modern navy fires a salvo just doesn't seem to entertain the non-targeted observer the way the old Missouri-Class BB's could.
  5. zaksdad12


    Mar 19, 2007
    Missouri is an Iowa class Battleship.

    Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and New Jersey (which is close to me in Camden NJ on the Delaware River).

    And aren't those 5 inchers auto-loading?

    I went on the NJ and the forward Turret still has battle damage from Korea (the only serviceman killed in action on an Iowas class if I remember the tour correctly.).

    NJ is an anchored museum now...I think the Missouri is a museum in Pearl. The other (2) are newest config and are in Virginia all environmentally sealed ready to go if needed.

    please correct if I am off.
  6. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    There is a historic preservation org that is trying to get BB-61 as a museum ship in Vallejo, CA

    The twin 5"38-cal gun mounts were not auto-loading, but crew-served loading semi-fixed ammunition into the breeches. The projectile weighs 55 pounds, and the metal powder casing about 22 pounds.

    I served as a projectile man in Mount 51 on USS Vogelgesang DD-862 with GMG1 Reginald Ziegler in 1979-80.

    Autoloading 5-inch gun mounts didn't come around until the 5-inch 54-cal Mark 42 gun mount came out. It could fire up to 40 72-pound projectiles per minute.

    The latest USN 5"54-cal gun mounts (Mark 45, I think) are unmanned mounts.

    I have been aboard all four Iowa-class BBs.
  7. standerson


    Jan 23, 2006
    I've been retired from the Navy for just about 10 years.

    My wife asked (or stated) "You'd go back on active duty in a minute if they activated the IOWA."

  8. rich52us


    Mar 28, 2006
    WPB, FL
    Great pics and awesome firepower!