What no photo of the C.O. chair? Here it is:
Yours truly in command at the final, final open house in Richmond, still full of myself after landing on the helo deck in the Huey.
"You may fire when you are ready Gridley!"
And what it looks like forward
EMU-309 pilot and MVCCer Randy Parent is also full of himself after nailing the landing with the lifelines still up around the helo deck. Note the ship's wheel is missing in this shot and Randy's pockets appear empty. Mine too. It happened before we got in there.
The conning station has armor about 18" thick. It's amazing what they designed to insure survivability. The ship is basically an armored box designed to allow the guns to fire until the last gun director is knocked out AND the last gun is offline. Then the bow and stern were attached.