Friday, September 9, 2011

Naval Snapshot - USS Iowa Letting Off Some Steam

The USS Iowa (BB-61) opens fire with a full main and secondary battery broadside to starboard. Nine 16-inch 50-caliber guns with six 5-inch 38-caliber guns in the secondary unit fire at a target in this July 1984 image. If armor-piercing shells were being used, the combined weight of the 16-inch and 5-inch shells fired was 12.3 tons. The main battery had a range of 24 miles at 45 degrees elevation, whereas the 5-inch gun fired up to ten miles. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy, from USS Iowa at War by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.

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