Inside a ww2 battleship

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  1. US Conservative

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    Impressive machine of war.

    [video=youtube;dW83U4bkC_k]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW83U4bkC_k[/video]

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    Turned into a sad, pathetic joke by the presence of a rabid carnival barker...
     
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    They don't build warships like the Iowa today.

    The Iowa's were probably the most powerful weapons platforms ever built.

    They can put more tons of ordnance on target in one hour that an entire Nimitz class aircraft carrier air wing can in 24 hours.

    After a nuke, the Iowa class BB was the most feared weapons platform in the world. And the Iowa's carried nukes.



     
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    That "carnival barker" will be Commander in Chief Trump this coming January, get use to it.

    I know, I know, we haven't had a Commander in Chief for the past 7 years and 5 months but for America to become great again, America has to have a real competent Commander in Chief. That will be President Donald Trump.
     
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    You're so cute when you reject basic objective reality... :roflol:
     
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    I liked that walkthrough, really allows to to see what goes on inside. Its remarkable that this is WW2 tech and yet still can be used today. I recognized a few areas from movies too.

    One of these off shore of a hostile enemy would still be terrifying today.

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    I agree. Trump has spoken in the past about reactivating them-and even if for power projection-he just might do it.

    Keeps our enemies on their toes and reassures our allies.
     
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    They still got computer tapes. Incredible.

    I always wonder at how cramped these things are - and the Iowas were said to be comparatively quite roomy. A maze of steel. I like the message to a dead sailor left by his wife and kept by the crew, damn the regulations.

    American warships used war-grade steel everywhere - a huge expense of money, but that did make them quite hard to sink indeed.
     
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    Yeah, the engine compartments were fascinating too. That dead sailor was scapegoated for the explosion-a damn shame.

    Only thing missing in the video was a tour of the turrets, I would have loved to have seen that. The observation decks were cool.
     
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    Next best thing: (just ignore the synthetiser music)

    [video=youtube;dVvEPTYrcXA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVvEPTYrcXA[/video]
     
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    Desert Storm was the last time U.S. battleships would fire their guns in combat, so they certainly are near and dear to my heart.

    We were there to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and we're all out of bubblegum.

    Here is a photo of the USS Wisconsin in action firing one of her 16" guns during the Gulf war.

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    Excellent photo showing the teak deck of an Iowa class BB. Under that teak deck is 6 inches of armor plating.

    Most would be surprised what was the last U.S. Navy warship that had a teak deck.

    It was the nuclear powered cruiser, the USS Long Beach CGN-9.

    CLASS - LONG BEACH

    Displacement 14,200 Tons, Dimensions, 721' 3" (oa) x 73' 3" x 31' (Max)

    Armament 1 Talos 1 x 2, (52 Missiles) 2 Terrier 2x2, (120 Missiles) 2 x 5"/38,
    ASROC (20 Missiles) 6 x12.75" TT.

    Machinery, 80,000 SHP; 2 Westinghouse Reactors (C1W), G.E. Geared Turbines, 2 screws

    Speed, 30+ Knots, Crew 1100.

    http://militaryhistory.x10.mx/shippictures/uss long beach/uss long beach 02.jpg
     
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    Interesting transition of eras there-teak deck and nuclear powered.
     
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    What was the purpose of having warships with teak installed on top of their steel or armor decks ?

    Now this is open to debate but most old squids who served on battleships and cruisers say;

    1. A wooden deck covering lessens the effects of the ship's guns on the ship itself, it dampens the blast (overpressure) of the gun blast

    2. Using teak is not prone to splintering.

    3. Steel decks are very slippery when wet.

    4. Naval tradition.
     
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    Fascinating. Teak is also occasionally used for military gun stocks.
     
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    It kept the ships cooler and eliminated potential problems with static electricity buildup that might pose a problem with the magazines ( theoretical). Decks subjected to salt water had a strong tendency for corrosion. The overpressure idea of the ships guns was also a potential factor, though some navies used other deck surfaces including oak.
     
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    Couple of years have passed and Trump still makes obama seem weak and lazy.
     
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    Were there air conditioners on these battleships?

    Seems decent when you are in the south pacific or middle east.

    Teak and oak are both hardwoods, though oak tends to be far heavier.

    Don't see many oak gun stocks.
     
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    When I was attached to Battalion Landing Team 1/26 and BLT 2/26 we were aboard the Essex class aircraft carriers that were converted to LPH's USS Valley Forge and USS Princeton and the LPH USS Iwo Jima. I remember during the day time below deck it was hot and miserable with a couple thousand Marines in the birthing quarters with the racks four high. But at night when everyone were in their racks it was cold.

    Air conditoning on the Iowas ? Here's what I found.


    Below: A five inch gun turret. The
    Marine Corps emblem painted on it is in
    recognition of the fact that the turret
    was manned by Wisky's Marine
    detachment.

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    563 × 750
     
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    Fascinating. Did not know Marines manned those guns.

    Would love to go out on this victory ship-they even have a mock aerial attack.
     
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    Pssssst . . . how does it feel to have been so very, very wrong?
     
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