Hello. I am new to the forum and am looking for help identifying some markings on
an 8 “/55 caliber naval shell that I picked up at an antique store 2 weeks ago.
My questions are about the date of manufacture, the Manufacturers code and what ship may have fired this round.
The case head has the following markings:
8 INCH 55 CAL.
MK1 MOD 3
1268 ← ( Is this a date code?)
NIV <-(Is this a Manufacturers code?)
The primer is marked:
Mk 38 Mod 2
Lo BEF 0669 ← (Is this a date code?))
The condition of the case looks exactly like the shells lying on the deck pictured in several photographs I researched of the USS Newport News after firing engagements during the Vietnam war.
The mouth of the case rim has a slight inward bend which was likely made when the shell was ejected from the turret and impacted the deck of the ship. The case also has 3 elliptical dents which were made by the rims of spent rounds that fell on top of it.
If I am correct about the date codes, December 1968 and June of 1969, only 2 ships were in service that could have fired the shell. The heavy cruiser Newport News and later the destroyer Hull.
Is there any way to trace which ship this shell came from?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.