Well, for starters nothing can match their armor and survivability even today 63 years after the Iowa's were built.Originally Posted by Canmoore
*You cannot shoot down a "dumb" 2700 lb. AP shell with any missle created thus far so in that case destruction is eminent upon its target.
* Their shells are far cheaper then any other missle /bomb fired at your enemies and are accurate (New Jersey) to approx. 23 nautical miles out keeping it offshore.
*They were designed to have newer more integrated systems adapted if need be later in their life span and have had such integrations in the past.
* The are on station in all weather conditions regardless.
* They can refuel/resupply and pending the severity of damage incurred by their escorts repair them while underway.
* They are the most stationary weapons platforms afloat even by today's standards they are designed for all ocean sailing (Atlantic, Pacific etc.)
*Bottom line they are already paid for three times over so why waste the support they bring to the table when their effects can be felt after a brief 6 month work up.
Hows that for starters.