Category: Military Photography
Posted: March 24, 2019



View of Port Side Of Battleship Wisconsin

Battleship Wisconsin BB=64

by Dan Hancock

boats, ships, vessels, rafts Contest Entry 
Wisconsin was one of the "fast battleship" designs planned in 1938 by the Preliminary Design Branch at the Bureau of Construction and Repair. She was the third of four completed ships of the Iowa class of battleships. Her keel was laid down on 25 January 1941, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was launched on 7 December 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Goodland, wife of Walter S. Goodland, the Governor of Wisconsin, and commissioned on 16 April 1944, with Captain Earl E. Stone in command. Displacement: 45,000 long tons (46,000 t) light 57,500 long tons (58,400 t) full load Length: 887 ft 3 in (270.43 m) Beam: 108 ft 2 in (32.97 m) Draft: 37 ft 9 in (11.51 m) (full load) Speed: 33 kn (38 mph; 61 km/h) Complement: 1,921 officers and men Wisconsin's main battery consisted of nine 16 in (406 mm)/50 cal Mark 7 guns, which could hurl 2,700 lb (1,200 kg) armor-piercing shells some 20 mi (32 km). The secondary battery consisted of 20 5 in (127 mm)/38 cal guns in ten twin turrets, which could fire at targets up to 10 mi (16 km) away. With the advent of air power and the need to gain and maintain air superiority came a need to protect the growing fleet of allied aircraft carriers; to this end, Wisconsin was fitted with an array of Oerlikon 20 mm and Bofors 40 mm anti-aircraft guns to defend allied carriers from enemy airstrikes. When reactivated in 1986, Wisconsin had her 20 mm and 40 mm AA guns removed, and was outfitted with Phalanx CIWS mounts for protection against enemy missiles and aircraft, and Armored Box Launchers and Quad Cell Launchers designed to fire Tomahawk missiles and Harpoon missiles, respectively.[7] Wisconsin and her sister ship Missouri were fitted with thicker traverse bulkhead armor, 14.5 inches (368 mm), compared to 11.3 inches (287 mm) in the first two ships of her class, the Iowa and New Jersey. Wisconsin is numerically the highest numbered US battleship built. Although her keel was laid after the USS Missouri's, she was commissioned before the Missouri's commissioning date.[4][9] Thus, Wisconsin's construction began after Missouri's, and finished earlier. Iowa and Wisconsin were finally stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 17 March 2006, making them the last battleships on a navy list in the world.
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