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  1. I recently took a trip to Japan and thanks to time zones I had the opportunity to visit both the first and last preserved battleships on the "same" day. So here are some pics (Mikasa first, then Iowa): The weather was very poor in Yokosuka... I was almost not going to go, but I came here specifically to see the ship, so I'll be damned if I let some water stop me. Hard to actually get a good shot from the front, just stuff in the way... probably why all the usual pics are from the back But muh secondaries I enjoyed seeing the juxtaposition of the old secondary battery to the modern ships in port. Looking back from the forward superstructure... it was so windy at times it felt almost dangerous to go up onto the open decks. Looking forward from the same place... too bad you couldn't go inside the turrets. One of the lower secondary guns. Part of the admiral's quarters at the back of the ship... the door goes to the little deck at the rear. Just so you can compare with the Iowa later... Love the contrast between this secondary battery and the carpet. Unfortunate that you could only tour one deck. I wish I had taken a photo of the equivalent diagram on the Iowa, but it was very big and digital and hard to get a picture of. Oh hai, what's this? Yes. Yesssssssssssss. YEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! Weebgasm aside, this was actually my favorite display. They had models of pretty much every IJN class (and almost every individual ship) up to WWII. All the weird flavors of Kuma too. And a B65! Now for the Iowa. Also very hard to get a single short of the whole ship, though more so from the back on this one. Trying to show pictures from the outside in, though this is not how the guided path goes The very back. One thing I noticed is that the deck planking is in much worse shape than that of the Mikasa Bow "This is where a 6" shell made a tiny dent in the turret". 5" battery This was my other favorite part of the display... looking at the mechanism inside the 5" turret. Ammo hoists directly below the turret. On the right is where it comes out of the magazine. Sadly we couldn't see the inside of the main turrets again. 5" battery director Looking up at the superstructure A CIWS mount, but it's fake! A Tomahawk launcher... I don't think it's fake. Harpoon launchers Chaff launchers... these were a lot smaller than I'd have thought. View of the stern from the back of the superstructure View of the bow from the front of the superstructure Command bridge One floor of the conning tower (which is actually very tall in this ship) Galley (one of several though!) A period vending machine! A not-so-period officer cabin. Bathroom More officer quarters... all the doors that look like wood actually appear to be metal with wood paint. Crew bunks I really enjoy looking down the long hallways like this. Some shells I did not know that the powder bags were full of pellets like that This was one of my favorite graphics showing all of the places the Iowa went during all three of her services. Another display I really liked: scale models of the Iowa and Yamato side by side. WoWS has great models of the ships, but makes it difficult for us to view them next to one another. Bonus: I drove by the Queen Mary as well, but did not have time to tour it. Hope y'all enjoy, peace out.
  2. *Gasp* Clickbait!! I know I know, yet another Iowa vs. Yamato thread? But this time, it's not your typical 1v1 **** measuring contest. I have some interesting historical context that can hopefully spur some useful discussion, and perhaps even replicate it in training room since in this particular scenario I believe the game has all the requisite ships. What I'm talking about is "Bull's Run" during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 25-26, 1944, where upon realizing that he had left the San Bernadino Strait unguarded, Admiral Halsey belatedly dispatched Task Force 34, and more specifically formed Task Group 34.5 lead by Rear Admiral Badger centered around the Iowa and New Jersey back to the San Bernadino Strait in a belated attempt to protect the American beachhead and relieve Taffy 3, which had slugged it out with Admiral Kurita's Center Force. Note that TG 34.5 was only dispatched on 1622 on October 25, 1944, well after the surface action between Taffy 3 and Center Force had concluded. Had Admiral Kurita loitered around the San Bernadino Strait for a few more hours before withdrawing, it's possible or even likely that what remains of the Center Force would have clashed with TG 34.5 in the morning hours of October 26, 1944. Navweaps has the order of battle which lists the ship composition of each force. TG 34.5 Battleships: 2 Iowa-class (Iowa, New Jersey) Cruisers: 3 Cleveland-class (Biloxi, Vincennes, Miami) Destroyers: 8 Fletcher-class (Owen, Miller, The Sullivans, Tingey, Hickox, Hunt, Marshall, Lewis Hancock) Total: 2 battleships, 3 cruisers, 8 destroyers Center Force (as of Oct. 26, 1944) Battleships: 1 Yamato-class (Yamato), 1 Nagato-class (Nagato), 2 Kongo-class (Kongo, Haruna) Cruisers: 1 Myoko-class (Haguro), 1 Mogami-class (Kumano), 1 Tone-class (Tone), 2 Agano-class (Yahagi, Noshiro) Destroyers: 1 Shimakaze-class (Shimakaze), 6 Yugumo-class (Hayashimo, Akishimo, Kishinami, Okinami, Hamanami, Fujinami), 4 Kagero-class (Nowaki, Urakaze, Isokaze, Yukikaze) Total: 4 battleships, 5 cruisers, 11 destroyers Note that by the morning of Oct. 26, Center Force had already lost Suzuya, Chokai, and Chikuma, hence their absence from the list above, while Kumano was heavily damaged with a blown-off bow, so realistically you could count Kumano out of the battle. Yahagiand Noshiro were Agano-class light cruisers that mount 3x2 152 mm guns with a rather slow rate of fire of 6 RPM, making their value as surface combatants questionable. In fact, they fill the roles of destroyer flotilla leader. Finally, it's unclear how many Japanese destroyers had already expended their torpedoes during the Battle off Samar, but at least some of them did. With these composition of forces in mind, how do you think the battle would have turned out? Personally, despite the numerical disadvantage, I consider the American force as the likely victor. But before you start leveling accusations of American bias at me, let me explain my reasoning. Center Force had expended a considerable amount of ammunition, both shells and torpedoes, against Taffy 3 during the Battle of Samar the day before. Furthermore, the Japanese crew would no doubt have been very fatigued from a day of relentless combat, whereas the American crew of TG 34.5 would be comparatively well-rested and probably have a full stock of ammunition. Furthermore, the American force would have approached the San Bernadino Strait from the east, thus having the sun to their advantage. Now, the fire control and automatic gunlaying of the American ships have been often-cited advantages (both Iowa and New Jersey were equipped with the Mark 8 FCR), and I think when all these operational factors are taken into account, the American force would more likely emerge as the victors. However, I won't deny some of the advantages that the Japanese would have in this battle; numerical superiority isn't something that can be easily written off especially in capital ships, and I believe there was still an ample supply of torpedoes. Speaking of which, aside from Tone and the Aganos, I believe you can replicate this scenario in a training room, though the number of destroyers would likely have to be cut down (and can you imagine 10 Yugumo/Kagero all running torpedo reload mod?) If someone want to try and set a scenario like this up it can be a fun little exercise, especially when Cleveland finally moves to T8. Some pictures of the two forces on Oct. 25-26, 1944. The New Jersey (BB-62) prepares to turn to port, following the Iowa (BB-61) on 26 October 1944 Yamato and a heavy cruiser, possibly Tone or Chikuma, in action in the battle off Samar Content Moderated by HeadlockMvnky
  3. Hello friends, I recently got the iowa after a long grind, and the first thing I did was install the artillery plotting room 2 modules for that -11% bonus. However playing it in the past few games has been anything but accurate. I constantly struggle to get past 40k damage on average for a game with this ship. First I thought I was just bad, but I do very well with cruisers and even when I took out the New Mexico again for a spin. I've seen videos from Noster, etc. on youtube playing with the Iowa and their shot groupings are very tight, however when I shoot most of the time my shots end up all over the place. I try to limit my engagement range between 13 to 16km so I should not be having these problems. Did something change in recent updates, why is the Iowa so bad?
  4. I just bought the Iowa, and when I try to sell the A and B hulls in the inventory, it says "unable to sell for technical reasons". How do I fix this?
  5. After a bit of a spending spree, I have officially got enough credits and free XP to buy the Iowa with all the upgrades researched. When I do, she will be my first tier 9 and I'm very much looking forward to seeing how she performs. However, herein lies the rub: I've crunched the numbers and I've found that after I sell the NC with all its modules and upgrades, purchasing the Iowa will leave me with exactly 8,859,553 credits. Is this enough to buy and equip all her upgrades, fill all of her equipment modules, and retrain my 19 point captain for her without having to buy any more gold or credits from the premium shop? I would figure this out myself, but I can't see the costs of her upgrades without actually buying the ship. Thank you in advance, 1Sherman.
  6. KingCakeBaby

    HMCS Vancouver - Fleet Week 2018

    Here are the promised pictures from the HMCS Vancouver. It's a frigate so there's not as many as the Hornet and Iowa, which can be viewed here and here if you're interested. The pictures of the air show didn't turn out as well as I hope so I'll probably be keeping those to myself. Enjoy! A few things of particular interest are the large metal tubes on the deck. These are apparently so new that the majority of the crew had no idea what they were and what they did. They're a radar, torpedo and missile countermeasure that launches an inflatable that acts as a decoy. Also those sleek black boats are actually target drones for gunnery practice.
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