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USS MISSOURI
Battleships were once the most terrifying of steel sea monsters. One British ship set the standard: HMS Dreadnought. Heavily armored big gun battleships, with their overwhelming fire power, became the weapon of choice for asserting naval power. It was an era that would end only with World War II and the rise of the aircraft carrier. But even then, there was one last broadside to fire. The 1945 surrender ceremony ending World War II was signed on board the ultimate in big guns ships, the USS Missouri. PHOTO OF PAUL STILLWELL
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USS North Carolina
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Excerpt from the Sea Journal: Paul Stillwell, Director, History Division, U.S. Navel Institute
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Time Capsule: (1906-1992)
Fleet of ships
HMS Dreadnought's maximum gun range: 16,400 yds. IJN Yamato's maximum gun range: 45,960 yds.
Maritime Messages
Japan's IJN Yamato SHIP GUIDE
Word Log
Know the difference between 16-inch and 20-mm guns?
Can you recognize a twin turret? The Word Log will set you straight.




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