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Bring Back The Battleships.  
User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

Gentlemen...
While I know this topic is not aviation-related, it is at least military-related. If we're going into another shooting war soon, we should reactivate the Iowa-class battlewagons again. While the Missouri & New Jersey are now, more or less, museum ships...they could be useful. And the Iowa & Wisconsin are held in reserve for such an emergency like we're experiencing now. They're great stable shooting platforms, and built tough as nails. Plus those 16 inch guns can flatten anything much cheaper & just as effective as cruise missles...even tho the shells are not as long-ranged as a missle. And let's remember we still have 12 front-line aircraft carriers, plus another 3 in reserve as well. No other navy can beat our firepower like this. Any opinions welcomed. Regards.


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User currently offlineMIG54 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 39 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

I too wish the battlewagons were still around but all signs seem to point against reactivation. I read somewhere that the Navy recently scrapped all existing spare 16" gun barrels and with manpower cutbacks the Navy would rather have carriers than battleships. A new ship type is on the drawingboards that would replace the battleship. I understand it will have stealth features , a high degree of automation ( much smaller crew ), and a huge arsenal of cruise missiles and similar weapons. It is of course some years away.

User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2255 times:

ok, where ya gonna use then against afganistan? its totally land locked. hmm


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

drop them from a squadron of B-52s  Smile (don't take too seriously, but a battleship dropped on Kabul would cause major damage).


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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

Afganistan is probably not the only nation we're be dealing with in the coming months. There's also Iraq, Yemen & possibily Sudan. These countries are not totally landlocked. A well-placed bombardment from those 16-inch guns will knock out any strategic installations. As much as I hate to admit it, this is a war on a larger scale than the Persian Gulf conflict. Regards.


"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29832 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

Galaxy5 said:ok, where ya gonna use then against afganistan? its totally land locked. hmm

Bolivia is also completely landlocked but that does not seem to stop them from having a navy.



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User currently offlineDuce50boom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2250 times:

I'd think the Bolivian navy would be for patrolling the lakes that border it with Peru and chile. unless there are also rivers that allow it access to the pacific. by the way, jwenting. i don't think b-52's could carry a battleship......60000 tons or so. maybe if they were reengined BUFF's, or maybe they could wave the screen height requirement  Smile. and before any of you remind me he was joking, learn to read sarcasm

User currently offlineFireblade From Portugal, joined Feb 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

Why don't we send them by email afghanistan will be so frightened that will give as bin laden immediately.
 Big thumbs up


User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2239 times:

i didnt say get rid of the navy. i said why battleships?


"damn, I didnt know prince could Ball like that" - Charlie Murphy
User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2233 times:

The only battleships the US Navy can possibly bring back to service are the IOWA and WISCONSIN. The MISSOURI is at Pearl Harbor & NEW JERSEY docked somewhere in the state of NJ are now permanent floating museums.

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