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The battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) passes through the locks of the Panama Canal. January-1984. [1765×1132]

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  • Posted: January 20, 2019 16:07

    cbadge1

    >**The**[ ***Iowa Class*****Battleships**](http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/this-us-navy-battleship-sported-two-swimming-pools-1637390515) **were the widest ships to ever traverse the canals, with a beam of 108 feet against the canal's width of just 110 feet, leaving only inches to spare on either side.**[1](https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/iowa-class-battleships-are-the-widest-ships-to-ever-use-1680273877) ​ >**The need to quickly deploy the Iowas through the canal affected their design tremendously. Their armor belt was internal, which is costlier to make, harder to install, and necessarily compromised in terms of optimal ballistic protection. But then, the Iowas were not meant to be the heavyweights of the fleet - the Montana class were, with an impressive armor array including an external belt. The Iowas were supposed to be the "fast battleships" of the Navy, able to quickly deploy anywhere, then put their speed advantage over all other battleships of the World to good tactical use. They ended up being the pinnacle of battleships development by virtue of their electronics (excellent radar compared to its contemporaries, could "see" the splashes of its own shells in all weather and use this for telemetry/ranging) and a really good balance of firepower, armor, and speed.** ​
  • Posted: January 20, 2019 16:07

    Ahi-

    This picture is great quality.
  • Posted: January 20, 2019 16:07

    your_sketchy_neighbo

    What is the metal structure that goes over the deck, right behind the guy in white on right of the picture? Is that just to hold up that antenna setup?