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U.S. 8”/55 Mark 15 Gun


Photograph of 8"/55 Mark 15 gun turrets

National Archives #19-N-74297. Cropped by author


Specifications:


Bore
8"
203.2mm
Ammunition type
Bagged APC and HE shells
Weight of round 335 lbs
152 kg
Velocity 2500 feet per second
762 meters per second
Maximum elevation     
41 degrees
Range 30,050 yards
27,480 meters
Firing cycle 15 seconds


This gun was used on most U.S. heavy cruisers built during the war.  It was even lighter than its predecessor, the Mark 9, and had a better rate of fire.

References

Campbell (1985)



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