Theemile wrote:Now, the real question is how many 11,12,14, and 15" gun parts and ammo are sitting in those warehouses and bunkers? While there is still obstensively a reason to have the 16" stuff around, you know the same thinking squirled away the older gun types along with them.
It would be interesting to find out. The US alone produced a huge number of these weapons.
Guns of that size weren't only used shipboard, many were mounted in coastal batteries and were swapped periodically with spares for the shipboard rifles of the same caliber and mark, though to my knowledge none of the MK-7 16" were ever used for anything other than shipboard service in the Iowa and cancelled Montana classes. 11, 12, and 14" were however and almost never stayed with the same ship or battery throughout their service lives. Some saw service as USN railway guns in Europe during WWI.
Bits of trivia; at least one 14" rifle that was sunk in USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor was recovered, refurbished and spoke in anger from USS Nevada at Normandy and others were utilized in other battlewagons. Turrets #3 and #4 from Arizona were recovered and mounted as short emplacements on Oahu but never saw combat.