PHOTO: An overhead view of the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) firing all 15 of its guns (nine 16-inch and six 5-inch) during a target exercise near Vieques Island. Careful observation of the three main turrets shows the barrels in various states of recoil.
The USS Iowa saw action in World War 2 and the Korean War. She was reactivated in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy. In April 1989, an explosion in her No. 2 gun turret killed 47 sailors. The USS Iowa was decommissioned for the last time in 1990.
Michael is an Army veteran and the Director of Content for Bright Mountain Media LLC