National Geographic : 1941 Jun
Official Photograph U.S.Navy With a Smashing Roar, the West Virginia Fires Her Two Forward Turrets When this mighty battleship lets go her whole broadside of 16-inch guns, eight tons of destruction can be hurled20miles. Asingle shell and the powder tofire it cost $1,500. The projectile travels so much faster than sound that a sailor on an enemy ship would never hear the blast ofthe gun that killed him. Commissioned in 1923, the U.S .S . West Virginia is the flagship of Rear Admiral Walter S. Anderson, Commander Battleships, Battle Force, Pacific Fleet.