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really shame none of Japs bbs survived, such shame, together with Yamato, Iowa, Bismarck and Lion, Nagato was one of best battleship classes on world.
perhaps last geisha. many considered her a floating hotel for the admiralty that did nothing for the war effort but consume fuel and man power.
beautiful job on the art
This steel-hungry monster weighted almost as twice as any other senkan in the World!
Would have the DKM BISMARCK for breakfast and still voraciously eating the USS IOWA Class!
While you are correct a plane has a further effective range, I will gladly debate accuracy. The guns of Yamato and Iowa, when firing inside their effective range, were accurate to withing 5 feet of the coordinates that had been set. The same cannot be said of any plane until the Korean Conflict.
Battleships aren't outdated. The thinking about the design and deployment is. The idea is the battleship should be the frontline. It should take and dish out the hits so that support craft can do whatever it is they do best when in all actuality they should be deployed as long range artillery. We see that used in WWII but only during beach landings really. The idea of a battleship brawl, at least to me, is dumb. It may be one of the coolest things in the world to watch but is still a dumb idea. With the advent of modern munitions the battleship would be becoming a more and more effective option but like I said the ideology behind them is outdated. The military is already testing the next generation of naval munitions. With modern anti aircraft, anti missile and submarine defenses, the USS Iowa with 9 16" railguns would be able to out range anything in the world shot at it, including most fighters and bombers, short of ICBMs and nuclear warheads. A true floating fortress. And if the military truly believed they were outdated, we would have scrapped the four in the mothball fleet when the USSR collapsed. They're just waiting for redesign and refit.
Sure the Yamato was a mighty ship. A shame it's gone. But there's a reason no battleships sail the oceans anymore. Aircraft carriers can do more damage over a wider terrain than any battleship. Even the Yamato.
Yes, the planes were over two hundred miles away but it took three carriers over three and a half hours to sink her. The reason battleships no longer sail isn't because of planes. It's because no navy in the world has been able to field a dreadnaught, utilize it AND properly defend it. It's not Yamato, it's dreadnaughts. The Iowa class, the Yamato Class, the Fuso class, South Carolina class. I like big ships with big guns. And I will agree that I do love battleships to a fault and I believe that we still should have them mainly because my father was pinned down in Vietnam and the Iowa leveled the position from which he and his men were taking fire. Whether you believe that or not is up to you, it's just how I feel.