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    Mk 29 gun sight for GFCS Mk 63

    I'm doing a book on the Asheville-class gunboats, and need photos of the Mk 29 gun sight associated with the Mk 63 Gun Fire Control System. These were also used on the Iwo Jima-class LPHs and Newport News-class LSTs. Any help will be appreciated.



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    Canadian Navy Fire Control systems. Tribal class destroyers.

    Canadian Navy Fire Control Systems

    *About half way down the page.

    Installed on DDE refitted Tribal class destroyers, as well as the refitted ALGONQUIN and CRESCENT for the control of 4"/45 and 3"/50 guns. The Mk.63 system consisted of the Mk.29 gunsight and the SPG 34 gunnery radar system (29 + 34 = 63), and in the case of the Tribal class there were two separate Mk.63 systems installed (one forward, one aft). On the Tribals, the SPG 34 antennas were installed directly on the 4" "B" mounting and the 3" "X" mounting. The two Mk.29 gun sights were mounted forward on the bridge (in the place of the removed director) as well as aft .
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    Thanks. On the PGs, LPHs, and LSTs I crewed as an FTG, the radar was the AN/SPG-50 rather than the 34. On the latter two, the director tubs were much roomier than the picture of the Haida's, while the Ashevilles dispensed with the tub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len Lundh View Post
    Thanks. On the PGs, LPHs, and LSTs I crewed as an FTG, the radar was the AN/SPG-50 rather than the 34. On the latter two, the director tubs were much roomier than the picture of the Haida's, while the Ashevilles dispensed with the tub.

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