Last week one of turret 3's 16-inch gun barrels was raised for the first time in 21 years. From 0 to 20 degress to be exact. Those are the two positions that have a locking pin for the barrels. Note the mast is back up where it belongs.
Each barrel is 68 feet long (only 44 feet is visible outside the turret) and weigh 292,000 lbs. with the breech. Guns recoil 47 inches and no, the ship does not move sidewise when fired. The blast pressure does push the water out, making the ship appear she is moving.
Some recent photos. You can see why the public tours are limited.
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