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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.

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

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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 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

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

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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.

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

Practicing for imminent war: Battleship USS Wisconsin firing its 406 mm guns during operation Desert Shield (November 1990)

The decommissioned Iowa-class battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) is berthed at NAUTICUS in downtown Norfolk during a ceremony officially transferring Wisconsin from the U.S. Navy to the city of Norfolk.

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Battleship U.S.S. Missouri

BATTLESHIP U.S.S. MISSOURI known as "Mighty Mo"...fought during the Korean War. She was commissioned to be a part of Ronald Regans - 600 ship fleet plan...and... saw service in the Persian Gulf War...1991...lobbed cruise missiles against Iraqi targets in Kuwait. Today she serves as a museum and war memorial in Pearl Harbor.

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Spectacular photos of the US Navy's most powerful battleship ever

USS Iowa

The Type 21 U-boat...the most advanced submarine of its day! Only a few survive, this Kreigsmarine "boot" was the model for the USS Nautilus

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Kantor Walikota Jakarta Barat

The battleship USS Wisconsin makes a very intimidating backdrop, at the end of this street in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Powerful Naval weapons in high-res (30 HQ Photos)

USS Idaho (BB-42). USS Idaho received seven battle stars in World War 2.

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11 Jaw-dropping Weapons From World War II You Probably Never Heard Of

Schwerer Gustav was one of two German 80 cm K (E) ultra-heavy railway guns. It was developed in the late 1930s by Krupp as siege artillery. The gun weighed nearly 1,350 tonnes and could fire shells weighing seven tonnes to a range of 29 miles. It was the largest-calibre rifled weapon ever used in combat and fired the heaviest shells of any artillery piece.