- Mar 2019
The battleships had not had a lot of big gun work except for shore bombardment. Which is basically conducted with stationary guns. So I think (even with the radar ships) target acquisition and ranging would have been a bit rusty. And as you mentioned night actions can be a tough time to stay organisedProbably not a lack of practice at loading and aiming the guns but a lack of practice at maneuvering at night in battle conditions. On a couple of occasions US cruisers and destroyers sailed in front of US battleships, forcing the battleships to hold fire until they once again had a clear line of sight/fire at the enemy. A better trained/practiced fleet would have avoided masking each other's fire.