A port view of the guided missile cruiser USS LEAHY (CG 16) launching an RUR-5A ASROC anti-submarine rocket. Camera Operator: PHC T. AHLGRIM Date Shot: 7 Jan 1983
This is a shot of the old, out of service Mk112 ASROC launcher, commonly known as the “Matchbox” because many of them were built by Diamond Match Company. These launchers were phased out in the 1990s as Mk41 Vertical Launch System (VLS)-equipped ships began entering service. I don’t believe that any of these Matchbox launchers are still in service with the US Navy, though many other nations still utilize them.
Note the (empty) twin-armed
Mk26 Mk10 missile launchers fore and aft. These, though totally cool, were also phased out as the VLS entered service. VLS also replaced Armored Box Launchers (no Mk designation for the ABLs?).
Close-up of the Mk112 launcher below:
An RGM-84 Harpoon missile is launched from an ASROC launcher aboard the Knox class frigate USS BADGER (FF-1071). Date Shot: 1 Jul 1980
UPDATE: I had the missile launchers wrong. They’re Mk10s, not Mk26s. Thanks to the reader who straightened Murdoc out.