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USS Iowa 1990 by Lioness-Nala USS Iowa 1990 by Lioness-Nala
The best and most powerful weapon in history - battleship USS "Iowa" (BB-61) in 1990.
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:iconinfiniterespect:
InfiniteRespect Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never knew they removed some of her 5 inchers
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USSZumwalt Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Not sure about that boat on the port fantail...
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:iconfujin777:
Fujin777 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bad ass!
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SupermanLovesAspen Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you make these?
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A shame the Iowas are all retired.
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Flameheartredemption Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Agreed! It's a cryin' shame. Battleships, in my humble civilian's opinion (and contrary to United States Navy doctrines) still have their place in the fleet, both as heavy fire support and as, well, symbols. Sure, they might not be needed all the time, but battleships have longstanding reputations, incredible firepower, and an unbeatable presence.  
 
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:iconmechakingghidorah100:
They are still all kept battle ready as Congress was worried that the navy needed fire support which they were having trouble to find a replacement to (unless my info became outdated). So if their is a war that warrants the need they will bring back these mighty behemoths from retirement to battle.
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:iconusszumwalt:
USSZumwalt Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Nope, all are now officially retired and are museum ships.  They are no longer mothballed.  The Zumwalt's are taking over the Marine fire support mission now.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They have indeed. :) :salute:
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Firevalkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately the trained and skilled manpower to bring them to life just isn't there. The people who manned them in the 80s are in their 50s, 60s, and 70s; those who manned them in previous wars are in their 70s, 80s, 90s, and increasingly coming up with a terminal case of dead.

This wouldn't be a problem but for the fact that the Iowas' machinery is like nothing else in the fleet; their equipment technological relics from eighty years ago, and the powder bags for their guns are probably outright dangerous at this point (they were in the 1980s, which is part of why Iowa's center gun exploded in turret #2 in 1990).

If we were still building battleships in 2014 (or even 20 or 10 years ago), we might be able to have battleships now; as is, the best use of these ships is to remind us all of what our sailors suffered for seventy years ago in the waters of the Pacific and the Atlantic.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed.
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Hunter2045 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Nice job.
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:iconzaku1986:
zaku1986 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Łał, nie wiedziałem, że ma tak pojemny pokład lotniczy.

Och, a skoro jesteśmy już przy tym, czemu pancerniki są takie dobre, powinieneś zobaczyć 2 prace tego gościa w których obala mity na temat nieprzydatności pancerników [link]
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:iconlioness-nala:
Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Ja sam wydałem na ten temat szereg opracowań popularno-naukowych, a nawet jedną całkowicie naukową (na łamach Przeglądu Morskiego, wydawanego przez Marynarkę Wojenną).
"Nieprzydatność" pancerników to nawet nie jest mit, a totalna bzdura... :D
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Wolfman-053 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
May I use this (and the North Carolina artwork) for the Red Dawn +20 Roleplay?
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:iconlioness-nala:
Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Hallo,

My artworks are available only for a price.
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:iconwolfman-053:
Wolfman-053 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Damn...
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:iconmacpaul:
MacPaul Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
No Osprey in 1990...
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:iconlioness-nala:
Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I know.
It is only for example of landing capability.
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:iconmacpaul:
MacPaul Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
So what? Your title reads "USS Iowa 1990" and there have been no Ospreys in 1990. Period!
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:iconlioness-nala:
Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Do You have some problem with this?
Once again and last I tell You, that Osprey is on that picture only for illustrative purposes.
It is "Iowa" in 1990 because of her final configuration.
I can't write 1991 or 1992+ because she was deactivated then.
So I didn't draw Osprey on her top view.
Only showing Iowa's landing deck capability on longitual view.
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
-downloads to blueprints folder-

Sweet, a detailed picture of an Iowa Class Battleship. This will help alot when it comes to modeling one in the future.
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:iconlioness-nala:
Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
It is one of my drawings from my article "Iowa vs Yamato" (polish naval magazine "Morze Statki i Okrety").
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:iconajr568:
ajr568 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Where were the tomahawk cruise missle launcher tubes on her? I cannot seem to find them.
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:iconlioness-nala:
Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
8 x 4 ABL (Armored-Box Launchers) - 4 between chimneys 4 other near second main gun's director Mark 38.
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:iconajr568:
ajr568 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Don't know what that means.
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
those four boxes behind the #2 smoke stack, and the four between the main stack, and aft stack. Those are the Armored Box Launchers, each one contains four TLAMs
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:iconajr568:
ajr568 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay, thank you.
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:icontzoli:
Tzoli Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely detailed!!!
Will you allow me to redraw it in a Nelson Style All Forward Arrangement?
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:iconlioness-nala:
Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Ok, but with copyright (c) info.
By the way: [link]
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:icontzoli:
Tzoli Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course I just want to achieve something like this:
[link]
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:iconlioness-nala:
Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
ok.
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craigdragon17 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
they need to build one of these but fitted with massive rail guns instead of gun powder turrets. Does a lot more damage then on traditional rail gun mounted on a destroyer and probably can go a lot farther.
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:iconlioness-nala:
Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Yes.
There is some possibility, that battleships will return.
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ajr568 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I reject your reality and substitute it with my own. The Bismark was the most powerful weapon in history.
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JESSIEEDSELL21 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
The Yamato was the most powerful battleship in history. the bismark's 15 inch guns would be no match for Yamato's 9 18.1 inch guns which could strike at over 26 miles away. just one of her shells could cripple the bismark before she could even get a shot off. US battle ships like the Missouri or Iowa were also capable of out gunning bismark.
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:iconlioness-nala:
Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
No, Iowa with her nuclear and thermo-nuclear weapons.
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HectorAdame Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But Iowa didn't had nuclear weapons until now, not in WWII.
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:iconlioness-nala:
Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Iowa is the most powerful warship ever build - I never mentioned about World War Two only.
But even at the time of WW2, Iowa was much better warship then Yamato.
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HectorAdame Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Iowa was the fastest, not the most powerful.
Yamato was the biggest, slowest, tougher battleship in WW2, and its cannons had a larger range than any battleship at the time.

In fact, the only thing that could destroy the Yamato were airplanes, because no other battleship could beat it in single combat, not against those cannos and armor.

Sadly however, battleships were,and ARE, pretty much obsolete and useless right now. Why on earth would somebody bild a battleship when airplanes and bombers can do the job from an aicraft carrier?
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Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Iowa was the fastest and most modern in design.
Her better in quality armor protected much more percent of her freeboard and horizontal structure.
Her fire control system could hit target at any time of day or weather on very long range.
The range of Yamato's guns doesn't matter - she couldn't hit a target at range of about 14 000-16 000 m at Samar or dummy target at sea excercisses.
Iowa fired with precission at japanese destroyer "Nowaki" at Truk in 1944 at the range up to 32 000 m (!)
Yamato could be easy put out off action if her main fire-control directors or coimmunications systems were hit (only by fragments). Iowa have 7 fire-control directors with 7 micro-wave radar sets, Mark 41 stabilizers and Mark 8/Mark 1A computers. Yamato have only two main artillery directors with poor stabilization system and no fire-control radars.
Iowa's range was three times longer then Yamato's. She ould maintain a sefety distance because of her radar detection and speed, and attack at night or on bad weather. Results = Yamato demolished and put out off action.

Yamato have very poor anti-aircraft weapons.
Today's AEGIS cruiser could destroy all of aircraft from carrier by SM-3 missiles or laser NAVSEA LAWS systems (in near future).
That is because the carriers are obsolete and why the battleships with electromagnetic Railguns will back.
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HectorAdame Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even with all the speed in the world, the Iowa wouldn't have made a hole in the super-massive hull of the Yamato, and yes, the Yamato could fire at 42 km (just 2 km longer tha Iowa), but not as precise as Iowa. The Yamato was design to fight against multiple targets at a time and with its powerful cannons and its massive hull it could easely beat the Iowa.

But it doesn't matter anymore.
Modern navy counts on carriers and crouisers more than battleships. And they're right. A battleship is only good against ground and naval units, not aerplanes, and it is easy to replace an airplane if lost. Battleships are too expensive and useless when it comes to ground warfare inland, away from the shores, no matter how well-armed they are. If a battleship could move on land or fly like a bird, then nobody would argue

Soon there'll be no more battleships, and for the better. Why would any country spend too much money in a thing like that when they can spend it on airplanes, bombers and missiles, much more cheaper and effective? They wouldn't.
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ajr568 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Did not mean to say Tamato, that is a typo, as is "fire control of accuraccy systems", shoul dsat or instead of, of. Sorry, lacking spell check as well as it is 10:00pm here.
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ajr568 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Maybe out-gunning, but not as accurate nor as manouverable. Bismarck could strike with precision accuracy from a greater distance, where as Yamato and Iowa did not have the fire control of accuraccy systems of the Bismarck. I am not denying the firepower of Tamato is greater than Bismarck, just that the Yamato had it's own size working against it and could be out-manouverd by Bismarck. The Yamato would win if Bismarck was standing still, but if the Bismarck could engage in a fire and move battle, it would turn Yamato inside out and just aim for the guns and take 'em out. Ir they could do what they did with the Hppd when they sunk it in about 5 min and shoot the magazine, because you and I know that Bismarck had that kind of accuracy.
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Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Bismarck have better fire control system then Yamato - no doubt, no comments, but not against Iowa.
Iowa class battleships have the best fire control system in entire history of the battleship.
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ajr568 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Agree to disagree.
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HectorAdame Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you explain why you disagree, please?
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:iconajr568:
ajr568 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Because the Bismarck was the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. ;)
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:iconhectoradame:
HectorAdame Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...Can you put a little more detail about the Bismarck?
Why is it the best?
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Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
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