Battery 121

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Battery 121 (1943-1948) - Battery 121 was a reinforced concrete, World War II 16 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Story, Virginia. Battery construction started 6 Jan 1942, was completed on 31 Jan 1943 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 12 Nov 1943 at a cost of $ 1,881,850.47. Deactivated in 1948.

World War II

Part of the Harbor Defense of Chesapeake Bay.

Originally built as a World War II concrete coastal gun battery with two casemated 16" MarkII-M1 naval guns mounted on M4 carriages.

Battery 121 Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 16" Rifle 816" MarkII-M1 52 U.S. Navy Casemated Barbette, M4,
#32, Watertown
1943-1948 See note 1
2 16" Rifle 816" MarkII-M1 90 U.S. Navy Casemated Barbette, M4,
#41, Watertown
1943-1948 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 1 Jul 1944, Coast Defense Study Group, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 176-177, 210
Note 1: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery 121 Plan


Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place.


Location: Fort Story, Virginia Beach City, Virginia

Maps & Images

Lat: 36.9228615 Long: -76.0154343

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Visited: 21-27 Jul 2010



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