(fm the BC thread "Is Amphibious Warfare Obsolete?")
The BBs are wonderful. I have blogged on how being First Lieutenant Afloat on a Cruiser refueling from the New Jersey was better than sex. Everything said about Presence and the Gun Fire Support missions is true. They are however not invulnerable, especially in coastal waters like the Persian Gulf. They can survive any attack by a gun, missile, or bomb that does not have a nuclear warhead, they are not able to survive an attack by a torpedo that cracks the keel. For the battleships the greatest threats are illegally fixed bottom mines and submarines.