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Mk 16 naval gun

Country of Origin: USA


Mounted in a triple turret and carried only on the mothballed DES MOINES (CA-134) and SALEM (CA-139), the Mk 16 was the largest automatic naval gun ever made. It featured all-angle loading and used cased ammunition rather than the separate bag-and-shell loading common to such large guns.

Each DES MOINES-class cruiser carried three triple turrets.

The gun fired armor-piercing (AP) and high-capacity (HC) projectiles.


No longer in service.

Initial operational capability was in 1947....

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