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Old 11-16-2013, 01:02 AM
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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What amazes me is that, after 60 years, there was anyone left in the USN stupid enough to propose the Zumwalt class!

My own view is that if surface combatants have a future, it will be more along the lines of the Gearing class DDs, perhaps smaller, loaded to the gills with S-A, S-S, and ASW weapons(or some combination of the above), stealthy and fast, and manned by very few sailors.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:19 AM
Location: Maryland about 20 miles NW of DC
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Originally Posted by PITTSTON2SARASOTA View Post
I've wanted to dedicate a thread to The Iowa Class Fast Battleships for a long time, so here goes.

Initially there were plans for 6 ships but only 4 were ever built. The keels were laid for the Illinois and Kentucky but they were never finished. The Iowa, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Missouri were finished and served our country admirably.

This class of battleships was the last of the great fighting ships. Battleships have basically been the most powerful Naval ships for centuries, in different configurations and until Aircraft Carriers came upon the world stage.

The Iowa Class has served the longest of any Naval fighting ships, transcending over 50 years and 4 wars: World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War and the First Gulf War.

They initially were outfitted to carry two aircraft but with their 1980's retrofit.....this was adapted by using helicopters and/or drone aircraft.

The original design was 57,000 tons(standard load) displacement. With a main armament of nine 16 inch guns capable of hurling a shell up to 24 miles. Firing Armor Piercing Shells of 2,700 pounds or High Explosive Shells of 1,900 pounds and/or 15 to 20 Kiloton Nuclear Tipped Projectiles.

The ships were decomissioned and reactivated numerous times. During the 1980's retrofit they were upgraded to counter the Soviet Union's Kirov Class Battle Cruisers. To be used as the centerpiece ships in 4 Battleship Battle Groups consisting of one Ticonderoga Class Cruiser, one Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer, one Spruance Class Destroyer and 3 Oliver Hazard-Perry Class Frigates, along with other support and supply ships.

During this upgrade The Iowas were armed with Harpoon Antiship Missiles, Tomahawk Long Range Land Attack Missiles, Phalanx Self Defense CIWS, new electronics, as well as new aircraft, along with other improvements.

The Japanese Empire surrendered on the USS Missouri, ending World War II and all four ships have been spared scrapping and are to be used as museums.

These four ships will live in our hearts and minds as they continue to serve our country in peace as well as they served during war. Long live the Iowas and their brave and valiant crews!

Iowa class battleship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

USN Ship Types--Iowa class (BB-61 through 66)


Armament of the Iowa class battleship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

600-ship Navy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kirov class battlecruiser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ticonderoga class cruiser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Arleigh Burke class destroyer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Spruance class destroyer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Phalanx CIWS - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tomahawk (missile) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Harpoon (missile) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Museum ship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Keel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Iowa Class BattleShip - YouTube


Iowa-Class Battleships in Operation Desert Storm - YouTube


iowa class battleships - YouTube
^^^^The music is kinda poor on this video!^^^^

Iowa class battleship pictures - YouTube

THANKYOU for reading my thread!

The Iowa Battleships were the last of what used to be called a Ship of the Line. They were suceeded by a new Ship of the line of which the US has from 14-16 called a Super carrier we have about 20 ships that carry their punch by the Helicopter. Carriers have the ability to attack tagets up to 1500 miles away and made the type of tactics Battleships were designed to do obsolete.
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