Characteristics of Naval Gunfire Support in Korea
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA OPERATIONS EVALUATION GROUP
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Ships of the U. S. Navy fired over 414,000 rounds and 24,000 missions against shore targets in the period May 1951 through March 1952. The great bulk of these missions over 90 percent was 5-inch fire, mainly by destroyers. Detailed reports of more than 5,000 of these missions have been received as part of a special data collection program by the Pacific Fleet Evaluation Group. These reports provide statistics descriptive of the employment of Naval gunfire during the period. They show that the enemys transportation system was the primary target for the destroyers fire, receiving about 13 of the missions. The main batteries of the heavy ships were used primarily against personnel targets, however, and their secondary batteries were used primarily against gun emplacements and other weapons installations.
- Naval Surface Warfare