Is th heavy Industry around still to make the big guns ?
Not in the UK , biggest thing they make here nowadays is a 155mm , it seems missiles are used for anything wanting more punch .
And actually , though battleships guns have been used against shore targets frequently , they aren't actually OPTIMISED for that job , and without a specially developed high capacity H E shell specifically for the job , the normal projectiles aren't particularly effective unles you are tring to hit a hardened target .
Slow rate of fire too .
A Cleveland or Belfast revamped C A would probably do as effective a job with a high capacity shell , stand out 5 miles off-shore and hit most things within a 12 to 15 mile radius ( assuming youve fitted a naval variant of some modern 155mm gun instead of the old 6inch ) and with only 6 shots per barrel per minute (the old WW2 sustained rate of fire ) , 12 x 6 = 30 rds into the target zone = one every two seconds or so , nasty .
I read in here an interesting thesis by some U S marines colonel who did it for his Masters degree , arguing for a new breed of fire support ship ,
but it seemed flawed when he said he didn't think a "Weapons barge" type of ship was wanted , but something along the lines of an Iowa/Montana revisited with a discarding sabot projectile that could reach 50 miles inland .
Isnt that called an A10 "Warthog" ground attack airplane ?
" Relax ! No-one else is going to be fool enough to be sailing about in this fog ."