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- United States Navy : That part of the United States Department of Defense responsible for combat on, over, and under water
- Battleship : A heavily-armored, warship optimized for fighting other warships using large-caliber guns; certain armor requirements differentiated from cruisers; obsolete by end of World War II.
- World War II, Pacific : The part of World War II (1937-45) fought in Asia and the Pacific Ocean between Japan and the U.S., China, Britain, Australia, and other Allies.
- USS Iowa (BB-61) : Add brief definition or description
- USS Wisconsin (BB-62) : Add brief definition or description
- USS Missouri (BB-63) : U.S. Navy Iowa-class battleship, on whose deck the Japanese surrender was signed; last class of battleships that operated in any navy. She is now a museum ship in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
- USS New Jersey (BB-64) : U.S. Navy battleship of the Iowa-class; served in Vietnam War and 1983-1984 Lebanon crisis
- 16"-50 caliber gun : Add brief definition or description
- 40mm-56 caliber gun : An antiaircraft (AA) gun used on almost every major U.S. and U.K. warship of World War II.
- 20mm Oerlikon (autocannon) : A manually tracked piece of anti-aircraft artillery widely used on ships of the U.S. Navy and other navies during World War II.
- M2 machine gun : A .50 caliber heavy machine gun, designed at the end of the First World War, which remains, after only slight modifications, in U.S. and worldwide service in infantry, vehicle, naval and aircraft applications
- BGM-109 Tomahawk : A U.S.-designed cruise missile, launched from vertical launch systems on ships and submarines, against land targets
- AGM-84 Harpoon : A U.S. developed anti-shipping missile that can be launched from aircraft, ships and submarines
- Phalanx close-in weapons system : A 20mm autocannon system originally for shipboard final defense against subsonic anti-shipping missiles, obsolescent in that role but being deployed for land-based counter-rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) defense against guerrilla rockets.
- Yamato-class : Largest (71,000 ton) battleship class of the Imperial Japanese Navy, the largest but not necessarily most combat-effective ever built; all sunk in combat by U.S. forces (including IJN Shinano, a Yamato-class hull converted to an aircraft carrier)
- William Halsey : Fleet admiral of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater of World War II, commanding the Third United States Fleet; a colorful and inspirational fighting leader with some limitations in strategy and large fleet command