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The USS Wisconsin firing a Tomahawk cruise missile during the first Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm). In times when war vessels have become lighter and smaller, big battleships like the Wisconsin are used as artillery and missile platforms, mostly against ground targets. The Wisconsin was decommissioned in 1991, a few months after the Gulf War.

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[Photo] USS Wisconsin firing a BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, 18 Jan 1991

USS Wisconsin firing a BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, 18 Jan 1991.

A Tomahawk missile launches off the aft vertical launching system aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104). US photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Carmichael Yepez. - Image - Naval Technology

A BGM-109 Tomahawk Land-Attack Missile (TLAM) is launched toward a target in Iraq from the port side Mark 143 Armored Box Launcher (ABL) on the stern of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN40) during Operation Desert Storm

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The battleship Iowa 1942-2012

BB63 - USS Missouri (left) and BB61 - USS Iowa.....I've toured both of these awesome ships.

16-inch guns of the battleship USS Missouri firing at Iraqi positions during the Persian Gulf War. Night of 6 February 1991.

The "Highway of Death" after American warplanes caught retreating Iraqi forces in the open in the Gulf War of 1991 against Iraq.