I am in serious need of Oregon Country Fair. I need to be sitting on the sand at Zumwalt, watching the sunrise… or sitting around the bonfire until the morning. I need to be free. Why is July so far away?
The mystifying silhouette of USS Zumwalt on 7 December 2015 pulled out from Bath Iron Works,
to begin sea trials in preparation
to join the United States fleet as an actively commissioned warship.
Do you think battleships still have potential for naval gunfire support?
No, not anymore, with the advancements in ballistics and explosives, a modern 155mm round is just as capable to deliver pain as the old +300mm rounds found in all battleships of the world wars that ended up serving in the shore bombardment role, if not more so with their increased RoF and accuracy, basically the reason why anything heavier than 155mm almost completely disappeared from armies around the world.
So, in the end, ships like the Zumwalt, with their 155mm guns, can serve in that role just fine.
Also, friendly reminder that the German navy tried to fit a PzH 2000 155mm turret onto one of their ships, precisely for this role!