The Battleship is a floating weapons platform, but the finest guns are of little use without the means to direct their fire accurately at the target. Participants will explore the ship while learning about the various types of fire control equipment (directors/optical range finders, radar, computers) and how main and secondary battery plotting rooms and the combat information center operated.
In the afternoon session participants learn about and explore the Battleship’s 16-inch and 5-inch guns from the gun houses to the ammunition loading compartments; the 40mm and 20mm guns, and the weapons that they replaced (1.10 and 50 caliber guns).
The program is for adults only (ages 16 and up) and limited to 24 participants. It is not appropriate for those who may have difficulty climbing narrow ladders. Wear warm, comfortable, washable clothing, and sturdy, rubber-soled shoes — and bring a camera! Registration and payment are due Thursday before the event.