January 20th Photos Page

I've been onboard twice since my last posting of photos.  For the most part we've been working below decks lately, trying to avoid the cold weather topside.  We've been concentrating on the Tour Routes and Museum spaces making sure the brass work is shining!  Today we had some unexpected helpers who accompanied one of our regular Brass Team members.  They spent the day making things shine in the Combat Engagement Center and Mounts 55 and 56, Great Job!  There is a photo of them below inside Mount 55.  The rest of the photos below are in response to two different requests.  The first two are for Eric, who asked to see photos of damage to the communications shack on the fantail.  The photos show what happened when the aft 16-inch turret was trained and fired too close to it, pretty amazing that steel could be distorted like that simply from a concussion, but that's what happened!  The rest of the photos are for someone from whom I hear from often.  He is building a model of the Big J and asked for photos showing the locations of the Aft Phalanx mounts and the Aft Main Battery Director Tower.  Hope these do the trick Ed!  That's about it for this entry, my next volunteer day should be February 3rd, hope the weather cooperates! 

 

January 20th Photo #1
Here's our new Brass Team members in Mount 55.  
Hope to see you all back again real soon, great job!

January 20th Photo #2

Warped steel bulkhead of the Communications shack located amidships,
Aft of Turret #3.  The story goes that this damage was caused by the 
concussion of the 16-inch guns in Turret #3 firing too close to the shack. 
January 20th Photo #3
Another shot of the damage, it's pretty amazing that steel could be
distorted like that simply from a concussion, but that's what happened!
January 20th Photo #4
Shot taken from the Compass Deck, Level O4 Amidships looking Aft across
the Forward Missile Deck.  The hatch visible in this photo leads into what
was the Gym and Band Room (today this area is the Brass Team's shop).
Access to the open deck where the Phalanx Mounts are located is gained
by ladders inside that hatch.  Ammunition storage areas and mechanical
systems to operate the Phalanx system are on a deck below the mounts.
January 20th Photo #5
Photo taken from same vantage point, showing details of the aft stack.
January 20th Photo #6
Shot looking to the left at the Starboard Mount.
January 20th Photo #7
Shot looking to the right at the Port Mount.
January 20th Photo #8
Shot taken from the Aft Missile Deck looking forward across the
empty Harpoon Missile Racks on the Port side.  No way to get up
to the open deck where the Phalanx Mounts are from this side.
January 20th Photo #9
Shot taken from the Aft Missile Deck looking forward across the full
Harpoon Missile Racks on the Starboard side.  There is a ladder to access
the open deck where the Phalanx Mounts are visible
in this photo.
January 20th Photo #10
Another shot from the Aft Missile Deck looking forward at the Port Phalanx
Mount.  Note thick blast shielding in place behind the Armored Box Launchers
to protect the Aft Main Battery Director when the Tomahawks are launched.
This same shielding configuration is in place on the Starboard side too.
January 20th Photo #11
Shot showing the hatch leading into the Aft Main Battery, located on the 
backside of the tower.  The backside of the blast shielding shown in the
photo above is also visible on the far left side of this photo.
January 20th Photo #12
Shot showing elevator rails that run from O1 up to O4 on the Starboard
side, just forward of Mount 55 (visible on the right side of this photo).
This elevator was used to lift ammunition for the Phalanx Mounts, the
platform is currently locked in place at the top, where a hatch leads
into the ammunition storage areas directly below the Phalanx Mounts.
That's about it Ed, hope these show the details you wanted to see.  
 

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