The psychological effect of such a ship should certainly not be discounted, Pat. As you said, they are a visible and concrete reminder of the power this country is capable of wielding when it needs to. That factor alone makes them worth having in commission. That much is true even if they need never again fire a shot in anger. Consider as well that a 16" shell is a whale of a lot less expensive, and more destructive, than tomahawk missiles at $1,000.000 a pop! Yet another factor in their favor is their survivability. An Exocet sea skimmer can easily take out most of the relatively thin-hulled ships in today's fleet. Try that against the 12.1 inch battle armor on an Iowa class battleship hull. Might chip the paint, but that's about all!