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Has the firepower on the Battleship North Carolina been rendered inoperable?

David Morrison
StarNews

Q. Has the firepower on the Battleship North Carolina been rendered inoperable or is it still ready to rock and roll? If disabled, how long has it been nonfunctional and why was this done?

A. Sadly, we will not be hearing any gun or cannon fire from the battleship USS North Carolina anytime soon. According to an email to MyReporter.com from Christopher Vargo, the Assistant Director for the battleship, all firepower was disabled in 1960.

“In a directive dated 5 May 1960, the Chief of Naval Operations ordered the NORTH CAROLINA, along with the WASHINGTON, ALASKA, and GUAM, to be stricken from the Naval Vessel Register and stripped in accordance with OPNAV 4440.4B (of 1959). So the weapons onboard the NORTH CAROLINA were disabled in accordance with those orders and the applicable U.S. Naval regulations at the time,” said Vargo.

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