Originally Posted by Phil_F_NM
I'd have to see the hatch but if it is adjacent to the barbette, then it would be for replenishment of shells and powder. Otherwise, I'm curious. I was working on the 02 yesterday in CEC and when the rain stopped, the few times that happened during my watch, I'd step outside to stretch my legs.
The New Jersey and Wisconsin were modified for nuclear sabat style projectiles. Those hatches were for loading the atomic projectiles into the # 2 turret. No doubt their are other # 2 turret modifications as well. Apparently the Navy had the good sense to never actually test fire their atomic projectiles -- kind of like testing a nuclear hand grenade.