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Re: Battleship Gun Loading Time
The typical rate of fire in most heavy naval guns is given as 1.5 RPM, but this varies greatly depending on training, range-finding dynamics, and shell selection changes. The only verifiable action cases of ROF being two or more in guns of 11" or greater are from some German actions, and only for short periods. There are lots of practice shoots where 2 RPM were managed, but carefully directed fire is another animal altogether. After all, one often has to make corrections and these can take some seconds. Often, ROF is 1 RPM or less.
Does anyone know of a source giving comparative loading times for various battleship guns in the real world.
The claim is that the Iowas could reload in 30 seconds. This is a video showing a reloading that takes over a minute.
In this video it's done in about 40 seconds.
I saw another video showing the movement of projectiles into the hoist in an Iowa class. The process was unbelievably fast. One guy would throw a rope over the projectile and other would tighten the rope around the gypsy head and it would go right into the hoist so fast it was hard to believe. Then the storage ring would move and the process repeats.
Of course, once the inner projectile ring is exhausted things must slow down a lot.
This video shows shell handling on Rodney and there is much more movement (and clearly a much slower process) than on an Iowa.
I was wondering if there was a comparative loading time document out there somewhere.
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