Meet the ‘Battlecarrier’: The Navy Almost Built a Super Weapon Like No Other

In the early 1980s, four IOWA-CLASS fast battleships originally built during World War II— USS Iowa, Missouri, New Jersey, and Wisconsin—were taken out of mothballs and returned to active duty.

Nearly 900 feet long and displacing close to 60,000 tons, the battlewagons could fire a nine-gun broadside sending 18 tons of steel and explosives hurtling towards their targets.

The battleships were modernized to include cruise missiles, ship-killing missiles and Phalanx point-defense guns. Returned to the fleet, the ships saw action off the coasts of Lebanon and Iraq. At the end of the Cold War the battleships were retired again. All were slated to become museums.

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Source: US Military News

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