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Bryan Young

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The Big Guns are here.
« on: May 12, 2007, 06:16:47 PM »

The next 3 photos were taken during an international naval review in Sydney, 1986.
For the life of me I cannot recall which battleship it is, but  have 3 others similar for the next post.
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2007, 06:25:39 PM »

Never let the (civilian) RFA be under-estimated!
On another deployment "down-under" this time in 1988 on board RFA "Olwen".
We were demonstrating (and hoping to sell) the "Petrel" target rocket. Very high, very fast.
We were berthed just astern of the New Jersey and the Yanks were bragging about the size of their guns. During the night our team deployed the launchers on our flight deck....the American reaction the next morning was wonderful to behold.
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More big guns
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2007, 06:33:27 PM »

Following on from the 1st post, also taken in 1986.
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Re: More big guns
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2007, 12:14:20 AM »

If we're talking big guns, beat this one! Reputedly the largest muzzle-loading cannon ever made, it weighs 102 tons and has a bore of 17.72 inches. Built by Armstrong, four were installed in the Mediterranean in the 1880s to counter the threat of the Italian battleship Duilio -  two at Gib and two at Malta. This one, at Fort Rinella, Malta, luckily survived.

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Re: The Big Guns are here.
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2007, 09:34:03 AM »

Richard,

I think this pic is as good as any..... ;D ;D



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Re: More big guns
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2007, 11:17:39 AM »

Whatever section its supposed to be in thats a dam good photo of those big guns letting rip
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Re: More big guns
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2007, 12:15:08 PM »

I am fascinated with those images of the guns blazing
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Re: More big guns
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2007, 01:30:55 PM »

Whatever section its supposed to be in thats a dam good photo of those big guns letting rip

I read somewhere, possibly on this very forum, that a big gun broadside would move the whole ship bodily sideways by about four feet.
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Re: More big guns
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2007, 03:25:41 PM »

Whatever section its supposed to be in thats a dam good photo of those big guns letting rip

I read somewhere, possibly on this very forum, that a big gun broadside would move the whole ship bodily sideways by about four feet.
I think I mentioned that the ship actually moved 9' sideways. Played hell with the coffee cups.
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Re: The Big Guns are here.
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2017, 07:14:50 PM »

Gents,
Our local school administrator was stationed on New Jersey as a gunnery officer and his testimony agrees with the USN documents. When a BB fires her broadside, she does not move sideways. The blast is taken up by the four foot recoil of the barrel itself. If the ship itself were to be moved sideways it would be imparting any incredible bending force upon the ship's structure that would cause failure. Remember that not all turrets, nor all barrels in each turret necessarily fired at the same time, therefore an uneven distribution of force would be imparted.
Also, adjacent barrels fired with a faction of a second time delay which is designed to minimize blast interference and shot dispersion.
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Re: The Big Guns are here.
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2017, 07:45:53 PM »

After leaving the RN in 1986 I flew for FR Aviation (now Cobham Aviation) and was regularly involved in the JMC Exercises off the north of Scotland. Part of this was live firing at Garvie Island and one morning we received a signal from an American Ship which had the line in it "Any day that starts with the sound of Naval Gunfire is a good day"

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Re: The Big Guns are here.
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2017, 09:01:33 PM »

Arrgh, I love the smell of cordite in the morning!
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