Naval Gunfire Support of Amphibious Operations: Past, Present, and Future
NAVAL SURFACE WEAPONS CENTER DAHLGREN LAB VA
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The purpose of this paper, is to assist naval planners by documenting performance of naval guns in past combat environments, by projecting gun system requirements for support of future amphibious operations, and by assessing the relative capabilities of the 5 in.54 and 8 in.55 MCLWG systems to satisfy such operational requirements. Specifically, this report 1 Examines World War II, Korea, and Vietnam experiences in projecting sea power ashore, assessing the contribution of naval guns 2 Identifies naval gunfire system range, lethality, and accuracy required in past sea-power projection operations and assesses the capabilities of the 5 in.54 and 8 in.55 systems to meet those needs 3 Estimates gun system qualitative requirements for support of future amphibious assault operations in terms of range, lethality, and accuracy and 4 Assesses the qualitative capabilities of the 5 in.54 and 8 in.55 MCLWG systems to meet future gun system requirements.
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