Mk 45 5-inch Gun Live Fire [Training Footage]

A few video episodes while conducting maintaining, calibration fire and live fire exercises of the ship’s Mk 45 (Mod 2) 5-inch/62 caliber lightweight gun.

Development started in the 1960s as a replacement for the Mark 42 gun system. The gun is designed for use against surface ships, anti-aircraft and to support amphibious operations on the shore. The gun mount features an automatic loader with a capacity of 20 rounds.

Credits: U.S. Navy videos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Waters, Seaman Apprentice Shelby Tucker, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse Marquez Magallanes, Austin Rooney

Thumbnail Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryre Arciaga

Derivative works: Military Archive

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25 thoughts on “Mk 45 5-inch Gun Live Fire [Training Footage]

  1. The thing about the "modern" guns…if you lose power…you're FUCKED…the old 5"/.38 guns that I was shooting, if power went out, you could still manually raise and lower hoist, load and fire gun by a foot feed or a battery. Those old guns helped win WW2

  2. What do the us navy do with the spent brass do they just throw them over the side ? On my ship it used to be a scramble to the upperdeck after the gunnery stops to see who could steal the most shells

  3. This system is wasteful and inefficient. The labor required to load the gun and collect empty shell casings post action should be updated to allow purely mechanical loading, monitored by a crew member. This is another example of the Armed Services in general finding the most difficult and labor intensive way to do anything and everything, while justifying it on the "Holy altar" of being cheap. And that's another thing. I can watch it shoot all week, and see absolutely NOTHING about how good the GUNNERY Really is for this antiquated popgun. At least with the old Bofors, you can SEE if you're bloody well on target! Why not put a rail gun mount in it's place, since the deck penetration has been done already anyway? It's maintaining old weapons and old thinking like that seen in this "weapon system" that will see the US Navy fall farther into a technological gap from which its opposition does not suffer.

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