USS Iowa firing its main battery

Monday, August 08, 2011
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Above is an aerial shot of the USS Iowa firing its main batteries during a gunnery exercise. You can clearly see the shock waves from the 15 inch guns in the water. I wonder how far the boat got pushed to port by the firing?


(HT: Triggerpit)

4 comments:

KurtP said...

I think I read somewhere that it was like 3 feet laterally.

Knucklehead said...

Here is a link to an article that claims there is no lateral movement from firing a broadside of all guns:

http://www.supertightstuff.com/03/19/pictures/picture-of-the-day-pictures/potd-battleship-broadside/

That article links to a "further information" piece that I cannot get to at the moment.

ambisinistral said...

Dammit Knuck, ya landlubbing trouble maker, we don't need to get confused by the facts while we're spinning a sea story. :/

Knucklehead said...

Heh now! I ain't too much a landlubber to know what 16 inch/50 caliber means (without googling).