Shockwave from Missouri's canon's.
Now those are real guns!
I have heard the guns being fired when I was at Camp LeJeune back in 86. Man they are loud, we can still hear the guns in town which is 22 miles from shore and I have no ideal how far they where off shore when they were firing the big guns.
those guns push the ship back a few feet in the water when they fire. Anyone know anything about this?
If they turn all the guns the same way and fire all of them at the same time they can trip the ship over. My Uncle was on the USS New Jersey for a couple of years.
is how its done
old GUNNERS MATE sport wood!!!
From what im told, those WW2 era US Battleships can hurl 16 inch shells 20+ miles... any truth behind this???
Yep, absolutely true.
thats not Missouri, its IOWA. credit where credit is due
Navy, but never on board a ship so this is from memory only, i believe the Japanese had 18".. I know that the 16' could put a 2K lb projectile, (your basic vw bug) down range 20 plus miles.. The fire control was pretty neat you zeroed off the top of a wave, my understanding was that after firing for effect. they would base everything on the TDC of the wave, and pull the triger, or more likley push the button. I know i talked to a marine who was in I corp and had vivid memorys of the shells screaminng over head..
You are correct, these guns fired a 2k projectile and I believe the max range was 22 miles, more interesting is that they used black powder as a propellant.
I think the ship in the picture is the USS New Jersey after it was recommissioned for Viet Nam.
Commissioned Feb 22 1943, decommissioned Oct 26 1990. Currently in 'mothball' status at the Philadlphia Naval shipyard.
dark shells are 1900lb high capacity, blue shells are 2700lb armor piercing.
Breach of the Iowa's 16" gun
Hampster the only thing I can add is that the Iowa was in mothballs for many years after WW11 and was recommissioned sometime in the 80's I believe. She soon was decommissioned as you stated because one of her 16" gun turrets blew up due to static electricy and black powder.
One or two of our brave sailors died and a few were injured as a result.
mothballed from 1962-1985. the blast in 1989 killed 47 sailors