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The largest and most powerful warships ever built

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Old December 5th, 2006   #1
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The largest and most powerful warships ever built

The largest and most powerful warships ever built

Nimitz class aircraft carriers


Length 317 m
Beam 40.8 m
Draught 11.3 m
Flight deck length 332.9 m
Flight deck width 76.8 m
Displacement, standard 81 600 tons
Displacement, full load 91 487 tons

20 x F-14D Bomcat
36 x F/A-18 Hornet
8 x S-3A/B Viking
4 x E-2C Hawkeye
4 x EA-6B Prowler
4 x SH-60F
2 x HH-60H




I bet some of these are patroling close to Iraq and Iran

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The largest and most powerful warships ever built

Nimitz class aircraft carriers


Length 317 m
Beam 40.8 m
Draught 11.3 m
Flight deck length 332.9 m
Flight deck width 76.8 m
Displacement, standard 81 600 tons
Displacement, full load 91 487 tons

20 x F-14D Bomcat
36 x F/A-18 Hornet
8 x S-3A/B Viking
4 x E-2C Hawkeye
4 x EA-6B Prowler
4 x SH-60F
2 x HH-60H



I bet some of these are patroling close to Iraq and Iran
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Maybe we should talk about which is the most powerful battleship in WW2 ------excluded carrier.
Personally I like Bismarck best;
Even through it s not the largest ,but it s tough and balanced between power speed and defence .
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USS Iowa, supported Normandy invasion and lived up through the Korean war. She was the lead ship of her battleship class.

Displacement: 45,000 tons
Length: 887 ft 3 in (270 m)
Beam: 108 ft 2 in (32.9 m)
Draft: 37 ft 2 in (11.3 m)
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h)
Complement: 151 officers, 2637 enlisted
Armament:
1943 9 16 in (406 mm) 50 cal. Mark 7 guns
20 5 in (127 mm) 38 cal. Mark 12 guns
80 40 mm 56 cal. anti-aircraft guns
49 20 mm 70 cal. anti-aircraft guns
1983 9 16 in (406 mm) 50 cal. Mark 7 guns
12 5 in (127 mm) 38 cal. Mark 12 guns
32 BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles
16 RGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship missiles
4 20 mm 76 cal. Phalanx CIWS
(Wikipedia)
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Back to WW2, I'd say the Yamato battleships of the Japanese Navy. If they hadn't been used so foolishly on a suicide mission against Okinawa

Nowadays, it's the USN carriers or the SSBNs... a Ohio class SSBN could pulverize 18 large agglomerations...

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Nowadays, it's the USN carriers or the SSBNs... a Ohio class SSBN could pulverize 18 large agglomerations...

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Ohio by far.. that CVW isn't even current.
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IJN Yamato Class

They were largest battleships ever made, at over 67,000 tons. While a failure in history because of carriers, they were still impressive ships in their own right and would have given any USN fast battleship a run for their money.

Kirov Classier Battlecruisers

An ambitious design, ment to take on an entire carrier battle group. ARMED TO THE TEETH!
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IJN Yamato Class

They were largest battleships ever made, at over 67,000 tons. While a failure in history because of carriers, they were still impressive ships in their own right and would have given any USN fast battleship a run for their money.

Kirov Classier Battlecruisers

An ambitious design, ment to take on an entire carrier battle group. ARMED TO THE TEETH!
Regarding the Kirov/Ushakov class battlecruisers, their ASUW (shipwreck SSMs) and AAW (grumble SAMs) capabilities are impressive, but they are weak on ASW. While that may have been the job of the Udaloy ASW destroyers, the ship on its own is relatively vulnerable to a missile/torpedo attack by 2 or 3 SSN/SSKs.

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Regarding the Kirov/Ushakov class battlecruisers, their ASUW (shipwreck SSMs) and AAW (grumble SAMs) capabilities are impressive, but they are weak on ASW. While that may have been the job of the Udaloy ASW destroyers, the ship on its own is relatively vulnerable to a missile/torpedo attack by 2 or 3 SSN/SSKs.
Does anyone know if the Admiral Nakhimov or Pyotr Velikiy have had their sonars upgraded? With modern sonars and three modern ASW helicopters, it would seem the platform would have the tools for robust ASW, the question is whether the crew is trained well enough to use the tools.
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Ohio by far.. that CVW isn't even current.

Yes, the American CVNs no longer carry F-14 ("retired" in late Sep 2006) or S-3 ("retired" even earlier!), having traded them for even more F-18, mostly F-18E & F-18F "Super Hornet". Since the S-3 used to provide significant ASW "punch", their loss is to be lamented, especially since now, even a Chinese diesel sub can (and recently, DID) surface within torpedo range of one of the CVNs off Taiwan!

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Iowa class battlewagon! Not only the best all round class of battleship built, but also the best looking. As far as a Yamato v Iowa showdown, my moneys on the Iowa every time. They were faster, had superior fire control, and fired a shell that whilst smaller, had the same impact/explosive qualities of the larger shell fired by the Yamato.
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I don't doubt that an Iowa class BB could pose a grave threat to a Yamato BB. At long range both ships are nearly equal in fire power, but if an Iowa were to come into close range the Yamato it would pose a graver threat. True the Iowa's were 6 knots faster, but also remember the American's thought the Yamato's had 15.9 inch guns with less range and fire power then their 16 inch guns. Only did the USN learn after the war that the ships were equiped with much larger 18.2 inch cannons. The Yamato's were also equiped with 24 6in & 5in guns or then the Iowa's 20 5in guns. All around the Yamato's armor was significantly more then the Iowa's, but the Iowa had a much longer cruising radius. I would say they were pretty fairly matched, but in reality both were obsolete because of carrier airpower.
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Maybe mate, but speed, maneuverability, and as stated before, superior fire control means that the she wont give a Yamato and easy shot, and never sit still and go blow for blow with her.

Agree though about them both being obcelete, but the Yamato was more obcelete than an Iowa....
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I think pound for the pound the ABs are the most powerful ships ever built. If needed you can loadout with nothing but 1000lb TLAMs.
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