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Japanese 14"/45 Gun


Photograp of 14"/45 gun turrets

Naval History and Heritage Command #NH 88378.

Cropped by author


Specifications:


Bore diameter
14"
355.6mm
Ammunition type
Bagged

Projectile weight

1485 lbs
673.5 kg

Velocity

2543 feet per second
775 meters per second

Maximum elevation     

43 degrees

Range

38,770 yards
35,450 meters

Firing cycle

30-40 seconds at maximum elevation


The 14"/45 gun mounted in twin turrets was used on most Japanese battleships. It was based on a Vickers design and the early production used forgings from England. The gun was notably accurate and reliable, and, at the time of its introduction, it had the longest range of any gun in the world.

References

Campbell (1985)

Evans and Peattie (1997)

NavWeaps.com (accessed 2009-12-10)


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