Monthly Archives: October 2012

Your Weekly Dose of SWO for October 29th. The Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) is probably one of the most recognizable weapons on ships due to the distinctive R2-D2 look. Here’s a quick video that shows it firing. It can throw out over 4000 rounds/minute, and it’s primarily used to defend against incoming missiles. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

navyhistory: On 23 October 1944 the Battle of Leyte Gulf, a wide ranging series of battles in and around the Philippine Islands, begins with attacks on Japanese ships. This image shows the Japanese “Center Force” leaving Brunei Bay, Borneo, the previous day, en route to the Philippines. Ships are, from right to left: battleships Nagato, …