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Battleship Number 43, USS Tennessee, training her guns on Okinawa, during the initial landings there, 1 April 1945.

Battleship Number USS Tennessee, training her guns on Okinawa, during the initial landings there, 1 April

USS Idaho (BB-42). Fires the 14"/50 guns of Turret Three at nearly point-blank range, during the bombardment of Okinawa, 1 April 1945. Photographed from USS West Virginia (BB-48). National Archives photograph: 80-G-K-3844 (Color)

14 in New Mexico class battleship USS Idaho firing at nearly point-blank range during the bombardment of Okinawa, 1 April

Tennessee bombarding Okinawa with her 14"/50 main battery guns, as LVTs in the foreground carry troops to the invasion beaches, 1 April 1945.

Modernised dreadnought USS Tennessee providing 14 in cover to the Okinawa landings in April

14 in battleship USS Tennessee, name ship of her class, entering San Pedro Bay in June 1942.  As modernised she was too broad to transit the Panama Canal, effectively limiting her to the Paccific theatre.

USS Tennessee (BB-43) entering San Pedro Harbor showing the addition of two quadruple 1.1"/75 caliber A.A. mounts in place on the main deck just forward of #3 turret. June 1942 [2224x2835]

14 in battleship USS Tennessee, name ship of her class, entering San Pedro Bay in June As modernised she was too broad to transit the Panama Canal, effectively limiting her to the Pacific theatre.

IJN Battleship Yamato in her final last battle moments at Okinawa, before being sunk by US fighter planes, April 7, 1945! 戦艦大和 (Color)

IJN Battleship Yamato in her final last battle moments at Okinawa, before being sunk by US fighter planes, April 戦艦大和 (Color)

US Battlefleet 1920's -- Colorado, Maryland, West Virginia, Tennessee & three older BB's

US battle line, -- USS Colorado, USS Maryland, USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee and three older battleships

HMS Vanguard was the last battleship commissioned into the Royal Navy: laid down as a 'one off' on the outbreak of war in 1939 to make use of the 8 stored 15 in guns from light battlecruisers Glorious and Courageous (converted to carriers), competing resource priorities meant she was not completed till 1946. She stayed in service till 1960.

HMS Vanguard was the last battleship commissioned into the Royal Navy: laid down…

The U.S. Navy battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) firing her 14"/45 and 5"/38 guns while bombarding Guam, south of the Orote Peninsula, on t...

Navy battleship USS Pennsylvania firing her and guns while bombarding Guam, south of the Orote Peninsula.

15" Battleship gun turret under construction

A fine view of the sheer scale and complexity of the big gun turret for a Battleship. In this case, this appears to be a British gun mounting, of the type mounted on R class battleships, "Queen Elizabeth" class and Renown and Repulse.

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