16-inch guns of the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) firing at Iraqi positions during the Persian Gulf War

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>Contrary to some rumours, the museums are no longer required to maintain them at a reserve state of readiness “just in case”.

Quoting you from the link you posted. So, this following no longer holds true:

>Although the navy firmly believes in the capabilities of the DD(X) destroyer program, members of the United States Congress remain skeptical about the efficiency of the new destroyers when compared to the battleships.[15] Partially as a consequence, Congress passed Pub. L. 109-364, the National Defense Authorization Act 2007, requiring the battleships be kept and maintained in a state of readiness should they ever be needed again.[29] Congress has ordered that the following measures be implemented to ensure that, if need be, Iowa and Wisconsin can be returned to active duty:

>(1) Iowa and Wisconsin must not be altered in any way that would impair their military utility;
(2) The battleships must be preserved in their present condition through the continued use of cathodic protection, dehumidification systems, and any other preservation methods as needed;
(3) Spare parts and unique equipment such as the 16-inch (410 mm) gun barrels and projectiles be preserved in adequate numbers to support Iowa and Wisconsin, if reactivated;
(4) The navy must prepare plans for the rapid reactivation of Iowa and Wisconsin should they be returned to the navy in the event of a national emergency.[29]
These four conditions closely mirror the original three conditions that the Nation Defense Authorization Act of 1996 laid out for the maintenance of Iowa and Wisconsin while they were in the Mothball Fleet.[4][10]

From:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_naval_gunfire_support_debate

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