June 22, 2004

Don't fix it, if it ain't broke.

I had today off, but it's mostly been one of those "blah" kind of day's. Laundry to do and all that. I've just been having trouble getting motivated to blog. Then, John Donovan came to my rescue with this post. There's stuff at the beginning that (albeit interesting) didn't really trip my trigger, but I kept on reading until I saw the picture. (Iowa class battleship with her guns blazing)

Just the idea of seeing one of these great beauties back on the ocean in an officail capacity, gives me goosebumps. There is just nothing in the world like a battleship to announce your Naval Presence with authority. That and (I believe) the USNFSA and our valiant Marines, seem to have a good argument for recommissioning them.

I just did the math, and with the "small" projectile, they could shoot 108 miles inshore! Dude, that's range! After doing some quick research, I found out that they can fire 2 rounds per minute per gun. 9 times 2 is 18, times 60 is 1080 rounds per hour. If they're firing the "big" rounds (range limited to approx. 15 miles) then they can deliver 2 million 916 thousand pounds of ordninance in just one hour. It's very unlikely that there will ever be an aircraft carrier that has the potential to match those numbers.

Put'em back in service I say!

Posted by Johnny - Oh at June 22, 2004 12:30 AM

Navy and explosions in the same post. Are you just setting out Harvey bait? :-)

Great pic. I LOVE that concussion arc on the water.

Posted by: Harvey at June 22, 2004 06:06 PM
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