Anti-Aircraft Practice

Crew aboard USS Hornet (CV-12) practice with their Bofors 40mm guns. Photo in the collection of the US Navy Historical Center.

Nation
Location: Central Pacific
Year
1945
AD/BC
AD
History

As aircraft became more and more dominant, warships would be packed with increasing numbers of anti-aircraft guns of varying calibers. Constant practice ensured a high rate of fire, which would prove crucial to defending the fleet during the massed air attacks of late World War II. The Swedish company Bofors made a 40mm gun that was widely used during World War II, and the upgraded version is still in service with many countries to the present day.