Good video about a ship I was stationed onboard..

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    Good video about a ship I was stationed onboard..

    My first ship in the Navy was USS Wisconsin BB-64. I am a Plankowner, which means I am a member of the commissioning or in this case re-commissioning crew.

    This is a link to a site that has part of a video documentary that was filmed on board about the ship. You get to see the 16 inch guns being fired. I actually got to fire the guns many times. It is a great feeling to shoot those big guns.

    USS Wisconsin, the Last Battleship
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    Impressive ship...I salute your service...

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    Way cool!!!
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    Kool. thank You Sir.

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    That is cool.
    Is the ship parked in downtown Norfolk now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rmac58 View Post
    That is cool.
    Is the ship parked in downtown Norfolk now?
    One does not "park" a Battleship.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    One does not "park" a Battleship.
    Yeah, that's it Capt.
    You may think different if you've seen it!
    It's quite impressive, they let you walk around the skin of the ship, inside is being preserved in case we need it again.
    I was on a combat stores ship, not as big as this.
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    Being a submariner, all I've delt with are MK-48 torpedos, tomahawks, harpoons, and most recently, ICBM's. Those 16 inchers are impressive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN_Mike View Post
    My first ship in the Navy was USS Wisconsin BB-64. I am a Plankowner, which means I am a member of the commissioning or in this case re-commissioning crew.

    This is a link to a site that has part of a video documentary that was filmed on board about the ship. You get to see the 16 inch guns being fired. I actually got to fire the guns many times. It is a great feeling to shoot those big guns.

    USS Wisconsin, the Last Battleship
    Ahh yes! A Target!!!! (grinning). I saw the Missouri when it was in mothballs in Bremerton Washington. An extrememly impressive ship. I am glad she is ours.

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    Real cool. I wasn't in the Navy but it is still very impressive to see anything like that. It still boggles my mind how that stuff floats and how people can live in quarters like they do in the Navy (good example of the sacrifice made by all branches.
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    Bunking in a "rack" every night beats digging a fox hole, I think.

    Bouyancy keeps things right side up. Even though a ship is made of steel, it traps enough air to keep it afloat.

    I think a Japanese warship had heavy enough guns, they were just set in place, not sure of the Wisconsin.

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    I've walked the decks of the USS TEXAS when in the Huston area a while back, knowing that it was replaced by this class of battleship as I explored the deep workings was just awe inspiring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rmac58 View Post
    Bunking in a "rack" every night beats digging a fox hole, I think.

    Bouyancy keeps things right side up. Even though a ship is made of steel, it traps enough air to keep it afloat.

    I think a Japanese warship had heavy enough guns, they were just set in place, not sure of the Wisconsin.
    I didn't mind the racks. I never slept so good as when I was rocked to sleep every night on any of the ships I was stationed on.

    And as far as the turrets being set in place, that is 100% correct. They are attached only by way of gravity if I remember correctly. If the ship ever capsized, God Forbid, the turrets would fall right out and hit the bottom long before the rest of the ship did.

    I circled on this image the gun director that I worked in. This was my station on the ship, Spot 1, the Forward most Main Battery Gun Director. Also the highest manned point on the ship, the director itself was on the 0-12 level, that is 12 stories above the main deck for you non-Navy types. Roughly 15 stories above the surface of the water. It's a long way down from there.
    It is also one of many places on the ship where the 16 inch guns can be fired from (they were really believers in redundancy back then). And I got to fire them many times. What a rush.

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    ^^That's pretty high up!
    I forget how tall my ship was, 500+ feet long, 79 feet wide, I think, so no where near the Wisconsin.
    Our berthing compartment was just above the engine room, so the floor was always warm. Great in the winter, no so much in the summer, especially when the A/C broke down in the computer room, (the company went belly up years prior) and they cannibalized parts from our units.

    That is a favorite pic, as you walk around downtown, turn a block...

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    Your video was great. In the late 70's I worked at a Navy facility and we re-worked 16" projectiles -- exterior maint, gas check repair and new base/nose fuses. Amazing how those things could be sent to a target that distance..... Thanks to all those vets for your excellent service to us all.

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