Type 45 destroyer armed with BAE 4.5 inch Mk 8 naval gun. How much damage could it do to another destroyer? I am just curious. I realize they use the missiles to take out other ships at longer ranges than naval gun fire.
Could they do still beach landings with navy gun fire or those days over?
True - and NGS has been used by the French recently (well, as of a few years ago) as well.The Type 42s had one 4.5in gun, fires 25 rds/ min I believe. They did great work during the Falklands War. Mates of mine who were there said it was like having a giant machine gun in direct support, and helped the ground forces win some really tough battles.
Under Fire: The Falklands War and the Revival of Naval Gunfire Support
The reputation of naval gunfire support (NGS) has waxed and waned since the initial development of the capability. At times, NGS has been considered to have been of supreme importance. At others, it has been viewed as worthless. By the end of the 1970s, there was burgeoning opinion in some circles that NGS had become obsolete. Operation Corporate – the Falklands War – demonstrated that reports of the demise of NGS had been greatly exaggerated.
Again, if you're that close, you're well within range of anti-ship missiles and aircraft/helos carrying torpedoes. Probably not the primary offensive weapon by that point.It would suck to be up against a Russian cruisers who can fire their 130mm guns out to 23km in surface mode. I suspect they have some armour.
I can believe it. A single 127/64 OTO LW gun can drop 32 rounds in a minute. Given the proper input, it can drop 5ish rounds with multiple rounds simultaneous impact by varying the arc of fire with every shot. Now that's not quite a 155mm battery output in sheer explosive power but it's pretty damn good for a single gun.Every once in a while when a field gunner wants to get humble he reminds himself that Wellington had a total of 156 guns at the Battle of Waterloo but that a single 1st-rate ship of the line in the British Navy came with no less than 100 guns almost all of which were of larger calibre than Wellington's.
As FOOs we learned how to use naval gunfire support but rarely, if ever, got to practice it.
It is one of those things the Army rarely needs but when it does, its really nice to have available.
And its an extremely mobile battery (as long as there is enough water underneath it)I can believe it. A single 127/64 OTO LW gun can drop 32 rounds in a minute. Given the proper input, it can drop 5ish rounds with multiple rounds simultaneous impact by varying the arc of fire with every shot. Now that's not quite a 155mm battery output in sheer explosive power but it's pretty damn good for a single gun.