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US navy Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

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USS Iowa (BB-61) is the lead ship of her class of battleship and the fourth in the United States Navy to be named after the state of Iowa. Owing to the cancellation of the Montana-class battleships, Iowa is the last lead ship of any class of United States battleships and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.

As part of President Ronald Reagan's and Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman's effort to create an expanded 600-ship Navy, Iowa was reactivated and moved under tow to Avondale Shipyard near New Orleans, Louisiana, for refitting and equipment modernization in advance of her planned recommissioning. During the refit, Iowa had all of her remaining Oerlikon 20 mm and Bofors 40 mm anti-aircraft guns removed, due to their ineffectiveness against modern fighter jets and anti-ship missiles. Additionally, the two 5 in (130 mm) gun mounts located at mid-ship and in the aft on the port and starboard sides of the battleship were removed.

Iowa was then towed to Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, where over the next several months the battleship was upgraded with the most advanced weaponry available. Among the new weapons systems installed were four MK 141 quad cell launchers for 16 AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, eight Armored Box Launcher mounts for 32 BGM-109 Tomahawk missiles, and a quartet of Phalanx Close-in weapon system Gatling guns for defense against enemy anti-ship missiles and enemy aircraft. Iowa was the first battleship to receive the RQ-2 Pioneer Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. She could carry up to eight of the remotely controlled drones, which replaced the helicopters previously used to spot for her nine 16 inch (410 mm)/50 cal Mark 7 guns. Also included in her modernization were upgrades to radar and fire-control systems for her guns and missiles, and improved electronic warfare capabilities. Armed as such, Iowa was formally recommissioned on 28 April 1984, ahead of schedule, within her budget at a cost of $500 million, and under the command of Captain Gerald E. Gneckow. In order to expedite the schedule, many necessary repairs to Iowa's engines and guns were not completed and the mandatory Navy Board of Inspection and Survey (InSurv) inspection was skipped.

General characteristics
Class and type:Iowa-class battleship
  • 45,000 long tons (46,000 t) light
  • 57,500 long tons (58,400 t) full load
Length:887 ft 3 in (270.43 m)
Beam:108 ft 2 in (32.97 m)
Draft:37 ft 2 in (11.33 m)
8 Babcock & Wilcox "M"-type 600 PSI dual furnace, controlled superheat boilers

4 engine sets (high pressure & low pressure turbines, reduction gear), 212,000 total shaft horsepower (156,000 KW)

4 shafts/props

4 boiler rooms
4 engine rooms
Speed:33 kn (38 mph; 61 km/h)
Complement:151 officers, 2637 enlisted (WWII)
Aircraft carried:floatplanes, helicopters, UAVs
CreditS3lfD3struction and Droolie for renders, Deamonbenj and Helix for helping and teaching me how to make the hull
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04/29/2019 5:44 am
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saltedchips avatar
how'd you learn to do this stuff
09/02/2019 11:00 am
Level 33 : Artisan Dragonborn
hammerfallrex avatar
"Do or do not, there is no try"

wise words said by yoda, these words really work when you try to make something you love, you just go with the flow and use real life data to make it
01/27/2018 4:58 pm
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Love it, makes me wanna scream.
02/03/2018 5:33 am
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hammerfallrex avatar
thanks, worked hard for some good results
01/27/2018 1:29 pm
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that is awesome dude i love it !
02/03/2018 5:34 am
Level 33 : Artisan Dragonborn
hammerfallrex avatar
thanks, was worth the lessons i took from helix and daemon
01/27/2018 12:58 pm
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Very nice work!
02/03/2018 5:34 am
Level 33 : Artisan Dragonborn
hammerfallrex avatar
well thank you
01/27/2018 11:33 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Wolf
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uhuhu finally u posted her <3
02/03/2018 5:35 am
Level 33 : Artisan Dragonborn
hammerfallrex avatar
took a while but worth waiting for the renders
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