US Navy (USN) Arleigh Burke class Destroyer USS BARRY (DDG 52) fires her forward mounted Mk-45/5″ 54 cal lightweight gun. The BARRY is participating in a Sink Exercise (SINKEX), which is a live-fire operation that provides navy personnel the experience of launching operational weapons against decommissioned vessel targets to improve their war-fighting skills. Camera Operator: PHAN RYAN O`CONNOR, USN Date Shot: 26 Apr 2004
The Barry teamed with the USS Thorn (DD 988) to sink the Ex-USS Portland (LSD-37) using Harpoon missiles and gunfire.
Yeah, yeah. Missiles rule. But don’t tell Murdoc naval gunfire isn’t just plain awesome. Even from 5 inchers.
UPDATE: Forgot to ask the question that made me pick this pic in the first place. What’s purpose to those pallets and mats on the deck?
UPDATE 2: The answer is that the pallets and matting protects the deck from ejected shell casings. Photo below.
Pic originally from DVIC.