Could the Missouri have been made seaworthy for battle in the Battleship movie article

Could the Missouri have been made seaworthy for battle in the Battleship movie article

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May 22nd, 2012, 5:56 pm #1

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May 22nd, 2012, 9:16 pm #2

ammunition is another, but, iirc, the 16 in barrels have a VERY finite lifespan. Pretty hard to come by at the local gunsmith, and they are a bit more involved to swap out.

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May 22nd, 2012, 11:46 pm #3

the skills to operate a high-pressure oil-fired propulsion system are no longer available to the Navy. Most surface ship engine rooms are now gas turbines.

You would either have to expend the time and resources re-learning the skills or the time and resoures to re-engine.

A couple of years ago there was an excellent article in USNI Proceedings which gave the cost estimates to reactivate an Iowa. Manpower expenses were the largest component. Several Burkes could be built, manned and made operational for the cost to refurb and man one sixty year-old hull.
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