5-inch/54 caliber gun mount is a lightweight,
single barrel, fully automatic gun
that provides surface ships with a
for firing 70-pound projectiles at
craft, low-altitude aircraft, and shore
It is the main gun battery for destroyers,
guided missile destroyers, guided missle
cruisers, and amphibious assault ships.
gun-mount crew consist of six men whose
stations are below the weather deck.
tactical emergency, however, a single
member can activate the mount and rapidly
aim and fire up to 20 conventional
USS Mississippi had two gun mounts,
and one aft.
MK 45 CHARACTERISTICS
WEIGHT: 48,934 pounds
HEIGHT: 10 feet, 4 inches (above deck)
AMMUNITION: 5 inch, 54 caliber
FIRING RATE: 20 rounds per minute
RANGE: 13.5 miles (max)
CONTRACTOR: United Defense