WW2 British Battleships

United Kingdom (1913-1946), 3 battlecruisers & 18 battleships 1915-1945

WW2 British battleships in 1939 mirrored those in the US and Japanese Navies of the time, essentially WW1 era dreadnoughts modernized at various stages during the interwar, and newly-built fast battleships that had to wait until the end of the prolonged ban of the London treaty.

Additionally, the last three battlecruisers, including two veterans of the great war, and one completed in 1920, the mightiest ship of the Royal Navy for decades. Emblematic capital ships of the interwar, the Nelson class, were derived from cancelled projects of 1921-22, whereas the King Georges V were largely seen as a stopgap class. War broke out and curtailed all these naval plans, notably the Lion class.

The Royal Navy had to make due with what it had, mostly the Queen Elisabeth and Revenge class battleships both in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, and later in the far east. The more recent Nelson and KGV class were kept at Scapa Flow or deployed for escort missions. Like for other nations, aviation and submarines proved just as deadly for them. This did not prevented the completion of the very last British battleship, the HMS Vanguard, in 1946.

The Royal Navy in 1940 can be divided into with four types of capital ships*:
-Wartime dreadnoughts: Two homogenous classes of five battleships each, all with the same 15-in guns.
-Interwar early "super-dreadnoughts", the radical Nelson class, recycling studies for the cancelled G3-N3 projects.
-Wartime fast battleships serie: The King Georges V, of which five were ordered plus the Lion class.
-Battlecruisers: The two Renown and the Hood.

*By that time aircraft carriers were not yet considered as capital ships, but as fleet auxiliaries.

HMS warspite in the Indian ocean

The Great drop of the interwar

It is useful to recall the might of the Royal Navy in 1918. As the first nation to embark on the Dreadnought type, showing the way forward, the Royal Navy had the greatest dreadnought fleet of any nation. Calibers started at 12-in (305), then 14-in (340) and 15-in (381). Added to this, the Royal Navy still boasted the largest fleet of pre-dreadnoughts. In 1919, it was still question to keep at least the largest part of the dreadnoughts.

The Washington treaty limitations

The Washington treaty, signed in 1922 however, ruined these prospects entirely. Drastic cuts into the tonnage and self-evident choices left the Royal Navy with the very latest dreadnoughts in service, those completed shortly before or during the great war, to summarize, the Queen Elisabeth (1913) and the Resolution (1915) classes, notably for the sake of standardization.

Non-standard but recent ships like the Iron Duke class (14-in artillery) were disarmed or converted as training vessels for some time, whereas the HMS Erin (a Turkish order) was discarded, and Canada, paid by Chile before the war, returned to its original owner. Choices were made for battlecruisers also, and they were, again, self-evident.

Notably the two Renown class ships, state of the art in 1917, and the Hood, the mightiest ship in the world at that time, were kept. The "admiral" class was cancelled, leaving only the Hood being completed, in 1920. UK won the same ratio as the US, compatible with its "two fleets policy", of 5 compared to other nations (3 for Japan, 1.75 for France and Italy).

The motivation behind the Empire was quite simple: The British perspective showed concerns that the United States could expand its naval program, catch up and even topped the Royal Navy. The policy of having twice the tonnage of both best navies united cracked up after the Washington treaty and good relations with the US never excluded some scenarios due to the American isolationism, like "War Plan Red", declassified in 1974 and causing a stir in these relations.


The two major sets of consequences of the treaty for WW2 British battleships were: -Quantitative: Ban on construction, and tonnage allocation that necessitated the scrapping of 24 British battleships (versus 26 American and 16 Japanese warships). This ban expired at the end of 1936. There was a global 525,000 tons limitation on capital ships (135,000 tons on aircraft carriers). -Qualitative: Capital ships were defined as above 10,000 tons displacement above 8 inches guns, and under 35,000 tons /16 inches guns.

There were of course exceptions: The WW2 British battleships Nelson and Rodney were already in construction in 1922, just barely started. They could have been scrapped and the material recycled like many immediate-post war capital ships in construction elsewhere, but UK obtained a derogation to the ban, provided that enough older dreadnoughts were scrapped. Indeed, the Iron Duke class was initially planned to stay in service until the late 1930s, and be modernized. They were ultimately the sole, and smaller of the G3 type, pre-Washington concepts, in service by 1926-27. They proved their worst during WW2 at several occasions but never had the chance of "crossing the T" of an enemy fleet, as planned.

The last dreadnoughts

The last capital ship to be later part of WW2 British battleships were completed during the great war was HMS Ramillies, of the Revenge (Or Resolution) class, in December 1917. Construction has been postponed and resumed in one year before the launch and completion. HMS Renown, Repulse and Resistance were also planned, but they saw their construction suspended on 26.08.1914 and never resumed. The names were soon given to new battlecruisers, a more promising breed at the time (Before the battle of Jutland).

There were no plans for more battleships at that time, until 1918 and V-Day, when personal returned to various yards, allowing to envision new capital ships, taking in account lessons from the war. HMS Hood was already modified during construction to incorporate these. In addition, British engineers had an insight into German battlecruiser construction (notably the Hindenburg), seeing how it was advanced in its protection design. Nothing was lost for the development of future British battleships during the interwar.

Keeping the pace: New capital ships designs

It's only from 1919 that a new design, to be completed in 1922, was started, almost from a blank page whereas the Queen Elisabeth and Revenge (or Royal Sovereign) classes proceeded from a steady evolution since 1911. This culminated with the N3 design, much in line with the G3 class battlecruisers, that they were supposed to complement. After the ban was lifted and the two conferences of London, 1930 and 1935, the Empire has free hands to consider new battleships, taking in account the technological evolution in ballistics and protection.

This will led to the King Georges V, almost considered as a stopgap class, and the Lion class, considered as the "real deal". Just like many other nations, WW2 broke out whereas these ambitious naval plans were shattered. Very few knew at this stage that the days of battleships, kings of the seas since 1860, were counted. WW2 British battleships were the last of their kind, and the Vanguard the very.

British fast dreadnoughts projects (1918-22)

The N3 design was designed to retake the initiative in gunnery, having slipped through US and Japanese advances in this guide recently, with the Nagato (1919) and West Virginia classes, armed with eight 16-in guns instead of the 15-in. Not to be undone, the new battleships had to scale up to this caliber but also, having more guns than their rivals thanks to triple turrets instead of twin ones. This was quite a design challenge, as turrets of this weight has been never done. In addition both the US and Japanese already had 18-in guns capital ships in construction at that time. Jumping directly to this caliber was envisioned...

G3 class battlecruisers (Project - 1921)

G3 class battlecruisers
Conway's reconstruction of the G3 design from original sketches

The G3 project was a battle cruiser study launched right after the end of the First World War, in order to stay in the arms race led by the USN and IJN. The Washington Treaty of 1922 prohibited the construction 35,000 tonnes plus ships, therefore since the design was too far advanced to be revised, cancellation followed on February 13, 1922. If built, the two ships probably had replaced the Renown class ships due to tonnage limitations.

The Royal Navy was aware being later in the game whereas the American and Japanese navies accumulated new projects and launched new designs. Most British dreadnoughts of the time were still armed with 12-inch (305 mm) guns and even 13.5-inch (343 mm)/15-inch (381 mm) ships were already obsolescent. This irony of being the first in the game. The last USN (West Virginian class) and IJN (Nagato class) super-dreadnoughts were already armed with 16 inch (406 mm) guns.

The admiralty in 1919 envisioned its options. Complete reconstruction of battleships already armed with 381 mm guns, the Resolution and Queen Elisabeth class namely could solve part of the issue to stay on course, however a new class was needed to compete also, armed with 16-in/18-in guns. Also it was specified to incorporate the lessons learned during the war in the new design, in particular at Jutland. The Admiral class (HMS Hood) was essentially a pre-Jutland design, and by 1921 many tests on the Hindenburg, Bayern, Baden and other German capital ships scuttled in Scapa Flow helped to secure additional knowledge on the optimal protection scheme.

A model of the G3

The first project put on track was a class of four large battlecruisers, whose construction was scheduled to start in 1921. The concept evolved into a class of fast battleships with the US-inspired "all or nothing" scheme. The latest types of armoured were to be used, with a sloped internal armor plus the latest generation anti-torpedo bulges.

For the first time, triple turrets were envisioned. This was to achieve a compromise: Concentrating the main armament at one spot allowed to also concentrate armour, thus saving weight. The G3 secondary armament took the form of twin turrets. Drafts were ordered to test various configurations on this common base, all having in common the concentration of armor and more possible compact turrets/barbettes/magazines immune zone. These innovations represented quite a dramatic improvements over previous designs, allowing the poerplant to deliver much better speeds. By then the revolutionary HMS Dreadnought was 17 years old, and the "super-dreadnought" concept dated back six to seven years. A new generation, the "fast battleship" was on her way.

The G3 final design was eventually internally accepted in the Admiralty in February 1921. It was validated by the parliament in August and orders were placed on October 26. The yards responsible to deliver them were William Beardmore, John Brown, Fairfield Shipbuilding and Swan Hunter. Machinery was sub-contracted to Parsons. By November 18 however, the Cabinet vetoed the order. Construction of these ships was by then used as leverage in the negotiations during the Washington conference. However what prevailed were concerns of a financial crisis, and the expenditure was put into balance with the fact the Americans and the Japanese would even went on with their own construction.

No keel was put in the slip so these ships are purely paper projects, despite the fact they went so far. The time spent to their study was not lost anyway and was recycled entirely into the two Nelson-class battleships design. That's why the only representations of the G3 looks eerily similar to the latter. Basically the Nelsons were a truncated version with the same armament and armor, but due to the reduction of engine power, they were slower, loosing 8-9 knots. In the end, the four G3s were officially cancelled on February 13, 1922. No names were ever to be assigned, although there are much chances for them to be named after admirals.

Dimensions: 260,9 x 32,3 x 10,2 m
Displacement: 48,400 tonnes - 53,909 tonnes FL
Propulsion: 4 shafts turbines, 20 boilers, 160 000 hp
Range: 7 000 nm (13 000 km) @ 16 nots (30 km/h)
Top speed: 31,5 nœuds (58,3 km/h)
Armament: 3 × 3 16-in, 8 × 2 6-in, 6 x 4,7 in, 4 × 8 2pdr AA, 2x 622 mm TTS, 2 seaplanes
Armor: See notes
Crew: 1710

N3 class battleships (1922)

Conway's reconstruction of the N3 design from original sketches

In addition to four battlecruisers for 1921 the Admiralty hoped to lay down four battleships in 1922. The design which evolved was broadly similar to the G 3' battlecruiser design, but with only half the horsepower, as speed was cut to 23-234kts (the speed of the battlefleet). The main armament was to be three triple 18in (457 mm) guns, of a new 45 caliber type, firing a 837lb shell at a muzzle velocity of 2837fps. Experience with the blast effects of the triple 16in was later to suggest that the theoretical power of he 18in would have been outranked by the appalling blast-effects on decks and superstructure. So the N3 would have been much better armed on the same displacement, at the expense of a slower speed.

The four ships planned were still at an early design-stage when the Washington Treaty put an end to all plans for large capital ships. Like the 'G 3' design they would have been cancelled at the insistence of the Treasury, even without the Treaty, but they remain the most powerfully armed British battleships of all times... never built. Src: http://steelnavy.com/images/IHPStAndrewN3/Andy1369box.JPG - The N3 "fleshed out".

Specifications (as estimated)

Displacement: 48,500 tonnes standard, 52-55,000 FL
Dimensions: 250 x 32.3 x 9.9-10.1 m
Powerplant: 4 shafts single reduction geared steam turbines, 12? oil-fired boilers top speed 28 knots
Armament: 3x3 18-in/45 (457 mm) MkII guns, 8x2 6-in Mk XXII, 6x 4.7 in/43 DP, 4x10 2-pdr PomPom
Armour: As G3

Post-Washington: Lion class battleships (1940)

Lion class battleships
Conway's profile of the Lion class

It is established by most authors and researchers on the topic that the King Georges V was a stopgap class. In 1939, even when completion of the class was a long way ahead, its low caliber made them inferior to many designs of the time, including old ones such as the Japanese Nagato class, the French Richelieu, the Italian Litorrio, or of course the Bismarck. The real war time class was the next one, based on this design but large enough to accommodate three triple turrets with 16-in guns, basically the same as the Nelson, but much faster. War broke out far sooner everyone expected.

This class were to have been built under the escalation clause of the London Treaty which allowed 45,000t and 16in guns, and were far nearer the Navy's requirements than the King George V. It does not appear to have been realised that Japan, Russia and Germany had already started or were about to lay down ships approaching or exceeding 60,000t, and British political thinking of the day kept the Lion class to near 40,000t. In general layout and appearance they would have resembled the King George V but with a transom stern. The 16in guns and mountings were different from those in Nelson, being designed for a 2375lb instead of a 2048lb shell.

The lower strake was continued as in King George V. The main turrets had 15in faces, 10in-7in sides, 7in rears and 6in roofs; deck, underwater and other protection was as in King George V except where indicated above, with the addition of 2in between the lower deck and inner bottom below the citadel bulkheads. The turbines and boilers were arranged as in King George V.

Other wartime needs forced the belt was a uniform 15in between barbettes with a 54in lower edge, and at 33ft 6in mean draught extended from 11ft above to 12ft below water. The suspension and then cancellation of this class, but under the 1945 Programme it was intended to lay down the Lion and Temeraire to a new design in 1946 for completion by 1952. Full details of this design have not been found, but the upper limits were 50,000t standard with dimensions of 840ft x 118ft, and figures of 56,500t deep load and 810ft x 115ft x 34ft 3in mean at this displacement have been quoted.

The armament would have comprised 9-16in/45 Mk IV guns in a new type of triple mounting designed to have a firing interval of 20 seconds per gun instead of the usual 30, with 24-4.5in/45 QF Mk V guns and 10 6-barrelled Bofors mountings. Oil fuel capacity would probably have been between 5000 and 6000t and speed about 29kts. The increased beam would have allowed much improved torpedo protection probably against a 2000lb TNT charge.
The project seems to have been abandoned because 12in deck armour was found to be necessary against possible AP bombs, and this would have required a much larger ship. The economic condition of Britain would in any case have forced the cancellation of these ships.

The case of Vanguard (1946)

HMS Vanguard - Blueprint as completed in August 1946

The idea of building an entire battleship based on spare turrets dating back from WW1 seems ludicrous at first glance, especially if the ship in question missed WW2 entirely. But it was the case for the Vanguard, the last British Battleship.

This ship's origins go back to an early 1939 project for utilising the 15in turrets from Courageous and Glorious in a 30kt ship for the Far Eastern fleet. The sacrifice in using these venerable turrets was less than might appear as they were a reliable and satisfactory design which could be modernised and given 30° elevation with thicker face and roof plates, and the 15in gun was only about 30fs down in muzzle velocity compared with a new British design.

The one serious fault was that the turrets were designed for a ship below the with shell rooms magazines, and for the contrary arrangement, which was now standard practice, it was necessary to have the magazine handing rooms on the lower deck above the shell rooms with fixed hoists from the magazines down below. Although outwardly of different appearance, Vanguard resembled King George V in many ways. The 5.25in guns were in improved mountings and there was no provision for aircraft. The belt was reduced to 14in abreast the magazines and 13in elsewhere with a uniform 4lin lower edge, and the lower strake was continued for some distance at 13in-1lin with a 4 in lower edge. The main tur- rets had 13in faces, 9in-7in sides, 1lin rears and 6in roofs.

HMS Vanguard in 1946. [1450X1510] from r/WarshipPorn

The main deck armour was 6in over the magazines and 5in over the machinery, and the lower deck was 5in-2 in forward and 4 in-23in aft. The 5.25in guns had 2in-1in and there was more splinter protection than in including 2bin-2in on the sides between the middle and lower decks beyond the heavy belt and extending nearly to bow and stern. The torpedo protection was similar to that in King George V with a 11in-1in protective bulkhead, and the compartment bulkheads outboard of this were taken to the middle deck instead of ending at the lower deck. At the most favourable position the system was designed to stand 1300lb TNT.

At deep load metacentric height was 8.2ft with a stability range of 68°. The main machinery was arranged as in King George V, and on the mile at 45,720t Vanguard developed 136,000shp 31.57kts. As a result of war experience Vanguard had a transom stern and a marked sheer forward, which made her a much better seaboat than previous British battleships. Tactical diameter at full speed was l1025yds. As often happened, weights increased during construction and 770t had to be added to the upper deck structure to meet the resultant higher stresses. The machinery was arranged as on the King George V, and on the mile, the Vanguard developed 136,000 hp for a top speed of 31.57 knots as measured on trials. There were were 4 diesel and four turbine-driven dynamos instead of two and six respectively.

colored photo vanguard

British Battleships armament

18"/45 (45.7 cm) Mark II (Never issued) G3-B3 and other 1920 projects
16"/45 (40.6 cm) Mark I Nelson and G3 class guns
15-inch (38.1 cm) Mark I: The mainstay of high caliber in the RN: Hood, Repulse class, Queen Elizabeth, Royal Sovereign and Vanguard classes and monitors
15"/45 (38.1 cm) Mark II: Project alternative for the KGV class
14-inch (35.6 cm) Mark VII: King Georges V class battleships
12"/50 (30.5 cm) Mark XIV: Experimental 1930s "light" heavy gun
Src: http://navweaps.com/Weapons/WNBR_Main.php

16"/45 (40.6 cm) Mark I

They were the last wire-wound guns built for the Royal Navy, and the only ones fitted in triple turrets. The measure was to save weight: By concentrating all three turrets on a reduced area, the citadel armour can be concentrated in a short length and thus considerably reducing the displacement. This was an all-or-nothing scheme borrowed to US practice. Thus later confirmed the adoption of quadruple turrets for the Dunkerque and Richelieu class, although previous Normandie and Lyon class battleships of 1913-1916 already adopted them.

Famously inadequate firing trials convinced the Director of Naval Ordnance (DNO) that high-velocity, low-weight projectile were superior in penetration at large oblique angles of impact. This led the admiralty to be forced to adopt a lightweight APC projectile on the future King Georges V class studied from 1932. As the furst 16-in guns in British service (and last), these had teething problems with liner wear, interlocks and turret roller-bearings. In 1939 they all had been mostly ironed out. They proved more reliable than the 14" (35.6 cm) mountings of the KGV class anyway.

29 in all were Manufactured by Elswick, Vickers, Beardmore and the Royal Gun Factory. These were 18 guns used by the Nelsons and spares. They were made for a tapered inner A tube with two rear locating shoulders, full length taper with wound wire, and a B tube with overlapping jacket and breech ring. There was also a shrunk collar at the rear of the A tube. The breech bush was used to attach the Welin breech block driven by an Asbury hydraulic system.

Details of the 16-in gun

Weight: 106 tons (108 tons With Breech mechanism)
Barrel Length overall: 742.2 in (18.852 m)/Bore 720.0 in (18.288 m): 45 calibers
Rifling Length Mark I: 586.96 in (14.909 m)/Mark II 588.95 in (14.959 m).
Grooves Mark I: (80) 0.135x0.377 (3.43x9.577 mm)/Mark II (96) 0.124x0.349
Lands Mark I 0.2512 in (6.380 mm)/Mark II 0.1745 in
Twist: Uniform RH 1 in 30, Chamber Volume 35,205 in3
Rate Of Fire around 1.5 rounds per minute
Ammunition: Bag type
Ammo Weight: AP (Mark IB) 2,048 lbs. (929 kg), HE 2,048 lbs. (929 kg)
Bursting Charge: 51.2 lbs. (23.2 kg) on AP
Length (AP/HE) 66.23 in (168.2 cm)/75.94 in (192.9 cm)
Propellant Charge 1930: 495 lbs. (224.5 kg) SC280
Muzzle Velocity: Mark I rifling: 2,586 fps/Mark II: 2,614 fps (797 mps)
Working Pressure: Mark I 20.0 tons/in2 (3,150 kg/cm2)/Mk.II 21.3 tons/in2 (3,355 kg/cm2)
Barrel Life (approx.) 200 - 250 rounds
Ammunition stowage (per gun) 95 APC, 10 practice rounds

15-inch (38.1 cm) Mark I:

The mainstay of British main guns in WW2. It as certainly the best large-caliber naval gun ever developed by Britain and longest-lived, with more "kills" to its credit than any other piece of naval ordnance. It was developed in wartime and strangely for such a famous gun, had a botched development. It was based on the proven 13.5"/45 (34.3 cm) Mark V and rushed into production bypassing all standard trials procedures usual in peacetime. The gun was passed in force by the Director of Naval Ordnance, Rear Admiral Archibald Moore, which guaranteed its reliability on his head. This allowed the Queen Elizabeth class battleships to receive it unlike the earlier which should have been installed as a stopgap measure. The next "R" was the one which should have receive it instead.

These guns started to voice at Galipolli in 1915 and really made their legend felt at Jutland the next year. In the 1930s, the guns seemed obsolete and started to wear out after 20 years of regular service. However inhibited by treaty restrictions the admiralty could only modernize the ships that carried them and their mount. The upper elevation limit was raised to 30° allowing a greater range at 29,000 yards (21,670 m to 26,520 m) whereas the projetile was refined, with a more carefully streamlined ballistic cap (6crh) to reach 32,000 yards (29,260 m) at max elevation. This allowed for example something unheard of in WW1, the famous July 1940 HMS Warspite hit on the Italian battleship Guilio Cesare at 26,000 yards (23,770 m). This convinced the Italian admiral to "fold up" and leave, ending the battle.

However this modernization process took time and need financing, and therefore Malaya, Barham, Repulse and the five Royal Sovereign class did not have this advantage in 1939. To compensate, some ships were given a "Super Charge" to boost artificially the range up to 28,700 yards (26,240 m), wearing the barrel down. They seemed to have never been used however in practice. Only Dover guns used them in one occasion, when the Schrarnhorst and Gneisenau made their run from Brest to Germany via the channel. The Singapore fortress also used them.

186 of these guns were manufactured in all, mostly by Vickers, plus 58 turrets until 1918. They were made of a tapered inner A tube, with full-length multi-start wire, and a B tube with overlapping jacket and breech ring. They used the proven Welin breech, operated by an hydraulic "pure-coupled" mechanism. The last to be installed with on the Vanguard, which could have been fired during the operation Musketeer (The Suez crisis) in 1956, but were not.


Gun Weight: 224,000 lbs. (101,605 kg) with breech mechanism
Gun Length: 650.4 in (16.520 m), Bore 630.0 in, Rifling 516.3 in (42 calibers)
Grooves: (76) 0.1245x0.445 (2.16 x 11.30 mm) lands 0.175 in, Twist Uniform RH 1 in 30
Chamber Volume: 30,650 in3 (502.3 dm3)
Barrel life approx. 335 rounds, 100-120 rounds per guns carried.
Rate Of Fire: 1-2 rpm nominal firing cycle Mark I/I* mounting: 36 seconds
Propellant: 432 lbs. (196 kg) SC 280/Super charge: 490 lbs. SC 300
Ammunition weight (ww2):
-APC Mark XIIa (4crh) - 1,938 lbs. (879 kg)
-APC Mark XIIIa (4crh) - 1,938 lbs. (879 kg)
-APC Mark XVIIb (6crh) - 1,938 lbs. (879 kg) 3b 4b
-APC Mark XXIIb (6crh) - 1,938 lbs. (879 kg)
-HE Mark VIIIb (6crh) - 1,938 lbs. (879 kg)
Muzzle velocity (ww2):
-APC 4crh - 2,467 fps (752 mps)
-APC 6crh (standard charges) - 2,458 fps (749 mps)
-APC 6crh (super charges) - 2,638 fps (804 mps)

14-inch (35.6 cm) Mark VII

This "stopgap" caliber was used on the King Georges V class.
The problems resulted with the brand new 16-in guns on the Nelsons and the erroneous belief that lower velocities, but higher trajectories and lighter shells had greater penetration power conducted the DOA to issue an order in 1930 for a new caliber. The decision to adopt the itermediate 14" (35.6 cm) guns was also in order to comply with Treaty restrictions. But this had severe consequences as the KGV ended in WW2 as the weakest modern armed battleships in service.

It was based on the experimental 12"/50 (30.5 cm) Mark XIV, tested which "all-steel" construction techniques, notably being the first designed for a cast steel cylindrical cradle. It was an anticipation on further gun caliber limitations that never went to fruition. This model had atapered inner A tube, with jacket and breech ring with bush and shrunk collar and used a Welin breech block with Asbury breech mechanism. The same principle was used for the 14-in. The no-wire, radial-expansion construction allowed to make a lighter barrel. It was more accurate and had a longer barrel life, but its mount soon prove troublesome. Mechanical failures indeed accumulated to such a point the brand new Prince of Wales was not ready when engaging the Bismarck and had to retire due to these problems.

Fortunately these defects has been irone out in such a way at Battle of the North Cape on 26 December 1943, HMS Duke of York scored 46 hits to sink the Scharnhorst without a problem. This were two series of 52 broadsides fired and later 25, scoring 21 straddles out of the latter, quite an achievement for the time, well helped by new radar-guided firing control and much improved ballistic computing. These guns also were the first with a recoil in a cast steel cradle rather than on slides. In all 78 guns were made, 24 by the Royal Gun Factory, 39 by Vickers-Armstrong, Elswick and 15 by Beardmore. An improved loose barrel version was to be produced called the Mark VII*, later cancelled.


Barrel Weight: 79.588 tons (80.865 mt)/78.988 tons (80.256 mt)
Length oa: 651 in (16.532 m), Bore 630 in, Rifling 515.7 in 45 cal.
Grooves (72) 0.117 in deep x 0.3665, Lands 0.2444 in, twist Uniform RH 1 in 30
Chamber Volume : 22,000 in3 (360.5 dm3)
Rate Of Fire: 2 rounds per minute
Muzzle Velocity: 2,483 fps (757 mps) up to 2,850 fps supercharged
Working Pressure: 20.5 tons/in2 (3,230 kg/cm2)
Approx. Barrel Life: 340 rounds
Ammunition stowage: 100 rds/gun
Propellant Charge: Standard: 338.3 lbs. supercharge 486 lbs.
Projectile weight: APC Mark VIIB 1,590 lbs. (721 kg)/HE 1,590 lbs. (721 kg)
Bursting Charge: 48.5 lbs. (22.0 kg), Length 61.6 in (156.5 cm)

British Battleships in action

The great lesson of WW2 is of course the shift between battleships and aircraft carriers. Six years of war would cement the idea, bit by bit, into the press and naval staffs. What was at the start an auxiliary of the fleet became a capital ship all of its own. Taranto, Pearl Harbor and Midway greatly accounted for it. Nevertheless, battleships did took part in many naval engagements during this war, although their role shifted towards shore bombardment only as the war progressed and axis fleets were wiped out. British battleships played their part in these engagements. Perhaps the best known were the Queen Elisabeth serie, and in particular HMS Warspite, a veteran of the Mediterranean.

On the twenty British capital ships that took part in World war two, six were lost in action:
-HMS Hood by gunfire, in her famous duel vs. KMS Bismark in May 1941
-HMS renown by aviation, as part of Force Z in dec. 1941
-HMS Royal Oak by an U-boat at Scapa flow in October 1939, just one month after the war started, a bad omen for the RN
-HMS Barham also by an Uboat in the Mediterranean in November 1941
-HMS Prince of Wales by aviation in dec. 1941, as part of Force Z

hms barham explodes

What we can conclude from this ?
1-Battlecruiser were condemned. Poor protection eliminated two out of the three last of the type.
2-Gunnery duels are no longer the order of the day: Only Hood was sunk this way
3-The Underwater threat is very real, with two battleship sunk despite their own bulges and compartimentation
4-The air threat is also very real, including from traditional bombers as shown by the PoW and Renown.
New air and ASW threats shold we conclude are the main enemy of battleships, more they are a threat for themselves.
This is also due to the relative weakness of Axis naval powers, to compare to WW1. In terms of tonnage, Japan took the place of the Kaiserliches Marine. The Kriegsmarine was too weak to face the RN in a traditional way and was used to disrupt trade, whereas the Regia Marina was plagued by poor coordination with aviation and timid command. This left few occasions for British battleships to shine in battle. Repartition of tasks between the allies meant none would ever face IJN capital ships. This left only a few encounters with Italian and German capital ships, far in between.

WoW's renditions of the Queen Elisabeth after refit

Now let's have a deeper look at these classic naval battles:
Norway, 13 April 1940: The Warspite and nine destroyers destroys eight German destroyers in Narvik. Hardly a fair fight... With previous losses, Norway claimed 50% of the Kriegsmarine's destroyer strength.

The Mediterranean

Mers-El-Kebir, july 1940: Resolution, Valiant and Hood shelled French ships at anchor. Hardly a fair fight also, and controversial at that.
Punta Stilo, 9 july 1940: HMS Malaya, Royal Sovereign and Warspite engaged the Italian fleet and notably the comparable Cesare and Cavour. Fair fight but not a decisive battle as the Italian quickly broke off.
Matapan, March 1941: Relatively Unfair fight (the British has four BS vs one, plus radar and a carrier), decisive British victory against heavy cruisers, the Veneto, only real threat of the Italian fleet, is badly damaged. Later in Crete, HMS Warspite and Valiant would be damaged by Stukas, by far more redoubtable than the Regia Marina for the RN.
The hunt for Bismark, May 1941: Fair fight (arguably), HMS Hood and Prince of Wales engaged the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen. Both British ships performed poorly for their own reasons: Hood's protection was deficient, whereas PoW's was too green and riddled with tech problems. Later, the Rodney and King Georges V joined the fray and that moved into an unfair fight as Bismarck was no longer master of its steering anymore. This was the most serious test for British capital ships in the whole of WW2 and for this reason is vividly remembered.
December 1941, the loss of the PoW and Repulse only tells that AA artillery was unable to stop waves of high altitude bombers but they had little success. Torpedo bombers really were those carrying out the decisive hits. Despite of this at Midway, the US launched a B17 attack over the IJN fleet.
For Malta, British battleships were rarely committed as "bomb alley" could have been fatal. They were much too precious to waste in an escort mission, even after the Italian capital ships losses. In Alexandria, the loss of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Valiant were due to swimmers, and they were the best success of the Regia Marina in this war.

HMS Malaya

During Operation vigorous in june 1942, HMS Malaya was there only to procure a distant cover. She did not really took part in the battle. Two battleships were present during Operation Pedestal in August 1942. These were the Nelson and Rodney, covering the task force of three aircraft carriers. Like in the Pacific, the shift was clear here. From there, British Battleships would participate in the Italian campaign and Operation Torch until the Italian capitulation, there was no serious threat to face in the Mediterranean and battleships mostly were used for shore bombardment.

The north sea

More serious were the threat posed by the Kriegsmarine in Norway, threatening convoys of the Atlantic and to Murmansk. The decisive moment was the Battle of the North Cape in December 1943. This was mostly interesting because of the duel between the Scharnhorst and Duke of York, the last "fair" fight between capital ships in this apart of the world at that time. Not surprisingly, Scharnhorst's high speed was no substitute for weak firepower and she was sank. By the same time, KMS Gneisenau was a written off and the surviving pocket battleships saw little action until 1945. Only KMS Tirpitz posed a realm threat, acting as a dissuasion force all by herself for a Norwegian fjord. There were missed opportunities of duel with HMS Duke of York or the battlecruiser HMS Renown, and the KGV but her fate would be ultimately decided by aviation and midget subs. The threat was such that the Royal Navy leased to the Soviet Navy, badly crippled since 1941, the battleship Royal Sovereign, renamed Arkhangelsk.

battle of the north cape
Gunners of HMS Duke of York posing after the battle of north cape which saw the destruction of the KMS Scharnhorst.This was the last battleship duel of the war in the West, and one of the last in history

From 1944, the admiralty gave little thought to complete their prewar capital ship program. Extra ships of the King Georges V class were cancelled, as well as the Lion class, of which only the HMS Lion and Temeraire were laid down in June and July 1939. The case of HMS Vanguard is interesting. She was started in October 1941 only to take advantage of the turrets of the battlecruisers Glorious and Courageous converted in aircraft carriers. That was an interesting decision: Would the price of turrets justify the construction of a whole battleship ? What is certain is that the RN badly needed a capital ship for the eastern fleet, as situation with Japan degraded rapidly. Eventually work stalled for a time and she was only completed in August 1946, becoming the last British battleship to see a (short) service until 1960.

HMS Revenge 1942
HMS Revenge 1942

A short story of Monitors

Although this subject is largely irrelevant as they were not classed as capital ships,lacking the speed to insert effectively in battle lines, Monitors did make good use of heavy artillery on a small package. The British monitor fleet, as a reflection of their massive use in WW1 was the most important in this conflict.

So much so that the last British monitors were built during this war: Roberts and Abercrombie, completed in 1941 and 1943. They added to the Marshal Soult, Erebus and Terror dating back from the great war. Their use was limited nevertheless: Marshal Soult has been already disarmed in 1940, and the two others partially rearmed. All four were active during the war, taking on niche uses, of shore bombardment between various theatres of operations in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, mostly landing operations. Their ASW protection was considerable with massive bulges. As slow and conspicuous targets near the coast they were easy prey for U-Boats.

hms Erebus 1944

Last of the Mohawk: HMS Iron Duke and Centurion

The Iron Duke, the blueprint for the design of the Latorre, with some additions making her larger and better armed.

Launched in 1912-1913, the Iron Duke class was the last dreadnoughts using the intermediate caliber of 13.5 in (343 mm) Displacing 25 000 t standard and 29 560 Tonnes fully loaded, and measuring 189,8 x 27,4 x 9 m, they were propelled by four shafts connected to four Parsons turbines fed by 18 Babcock et Wilcox boilers rated for 29 000 hp, allowing them to reach 21,3 knots. The armor ranged from 65 mm (decks) to 300 mm for the belt, and conning tower. Armed originally with ten main guns in axial twin turrets, completed by twelve 6-in guns, they were the most recent battleships when WW1 broke out.

The Iron Duke, Marlborough, Benbow and Emperor of India (ex-Delhi, renamed), had a relatively light armour which was reinforced after the battle of Jutland where they served with distinction with the 2nd squadron. These ships were discarded and reformed in 1929-32, well after the Washington treaty to respect the tonnage limits (as the Nelson class was completed).

HMS Iron Duke in 1939, partially disarmed at Scapa Flow and used as an experimental AA ship.

HMS Iron Duke was preserved until 1929, and she was radically converted in 1930 as a training ship. Partly disarmed, she was completely stripped of her armor, the engines restrained and speed lowered to 18 knots, in conformity to the Washington treaty exception. She was still used as a training ship in 1939. She was anchored as Scapa Flow, converted as a pontoon and now totally disarmed when the war broke out. By October she was attacked by the Luftwaffe and damaged. She was summarily repaired but left at anchor and broken up in 1946.

Due to wartime, she could have been rearmed, but this was brushed away as far better ships of the King Georges V were already in construction or being completed by that time.

It should be noted that even older dreadnoughts 'took part' in WW2: HMS Centurion for example, of the previous King Georges V class, was towed to the Mediterranean, totally disarmed at this point, spending two years fitted with wooden guns and fake superstructures to mimick a QE class ship and makes the fleet stronger than it was.

HMS Centurion disguised as the Battleship HMS Howe
HMS Centurion disguised as the Battleship HMS Howe

HMS Centution as target ship
HMS Centurion as a target ship in 1942, before disguise

what-if Iron Duke 1942
What-if Iron Duke 1942

Renown class battlecruisers (1917)

Colorized image of HMS Renown - from reddit/pinterest.

The two battle cruisers Repusle and Renown, launched in 1917 and in service at the end of 1918, barely had time to operate during the First World War. At the time, before the Hood was released, it was the most powerful warship in the world, with unmatched tonnage, size and speed. They were part of the arms race started during the war between all the belligerent nations and which will be condemned and stopped net by the treaty of Washington in 1922.

The underlying idea of ​​the battle cruisers was known in a simple "slogan" and theoretical: Speed ​​is the best protection. Rather than giving a building thick armor, it is given a power unit powerful enough to outrun any battleship, while having the same artillery. In Great Britain, the admiralty had found in David beatty its paragon: Despite the scepticism of John Jellicoe and the first lord of the sea, battle cruisers were started shortly after the release of the revolutionary Dreadnought in 1906, and the Repulse were the last in a long series. Unlike the others, it was "post-Jutland". Indeed these ships designed in 1916 had incorporated a number of recommendations under construction, concerning the serious limits detected on English battle cruisers during what remains the largest modern surface naval battle in history.

It was not under these auspices that these two giants were built, but as dreadnoughts, improved versions of Revenge (less powerful and faster but better protected). There were three units, Repulse, Renown and Resistance, at Royal dockyards and Palmers. Faced with the first successes recorded by battle cruisers (Heligoland Bay and Falklands), and the combined pressure of Fischer, Jellicoe and Beatty towards Churchill, first Lord of the Admiralty, the conversion of these buildings into battle cruisers was approved at the end of 1914, with the turrets of the battleships class Revenge and Queen Elisabeth, but reduced to 6 main guns.

Very large, these ships had some structural problems quickly resolved. The design of their original models included manufacturing from light alloys, but for fear of delaying their completion, we came back to more classic solutions. Their fuel capacity was 4,300 tonnes or more. Their secondary artillery implemented double and triple mountings for the 4 inches (127 mm) Mk.9, which turned out to be bulky and requiring a plethora of personnel (32 servants), for a mediocre rate of fire.

The experiment was not renewed and the carriages in question were deposited during an overhaul in the 1930s. Their armor was directly inspired by the previous Indefatigable. They were the subject of an overhaul in the 1920s, then again in the early 1930s. In September 1935, the Renown entered the basin again for a total reconstruction based on that of the Warspite, from where it did not emerge. only in August 1939, a few days before the start of the conflict.

HMS Renown in 1945

Active career

Their career began during the Great War, the Repulse participated in the second battle of Heligoland Bay (November 17, 1917). But their action was passive and preventive. The Hochseeflotte never went out again before its surrender. In 1939, however, thanks to their speed, these two buildings were frequently in the foreground of operations. Home fleet, North Sea, then Force K (South Atlantic) to track down the Graf Spee, and Force H, (South Africa) to prevent this passage from the same privateer.
HMS Renown
HMS Renown at anchor 1942
The Renown participated in the Norwegian campaign and faced the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, damaging her after a brief duel. She underwent basic repairs at Gibraltar, joining the force H and replacing the Hood, which was still her traditional role within the battlecruisers squadron. After participating in various operations in the Mediterranean, she returned to the home fleet in November 1941 to escort the convoys to Murmansk and the North Atlantic. He then returned to force H to support Operation Torch. In June 1943 she returned to UK in drydock to have her on-board aviation removed.

The HMS Renown convoyed Churchill at the Quebec and Cairo conference, then was sent to the Far East for Operation Cockpit, attacking the Japanese bases in Sabang and Sumatra, then Operation Transom against Java and Sumatra, the Nicoban and Andaman Islands. It was placed in reserve in May 1945 and demolished in January 1948.
HMS Repulse
HMS Repulse leaving Singapore
HMS Repulse leaving Singapore to met her fate, December 1941

HMS Repulse will never benefit from the same attentions as its sister-ship and its redesigns were superficial. He was part of the squadron of battle cruisers during the years 20-30 with the Renown and the Hood and participated during the war in the hunt for the Graf Spee, and German blockade runners, escorting the Furious and then the Ark Royal, in Norwegian waters, then attempted to intercept KMS Admiral Hipper.

She participated with HMS Renown in the interception of the KMS Scharnhorst, then the KMS Bismarck in May 1941, stalling quickly because of the lack of fuel oil. She would receive additional light AA and a new fire radar, and then sent for troops convoy escort to South Africa. From there she joined the Indian Ocean squadron. Repulse teamed up with the HMS Prince of Wales in Ceylon and then both sailed to form the Singapore-based 'Force Z'.

On 8 December, the squadron set off to intercept a convoy of Japanese troopships but it was spotted en route by a IJN submersible on picket duty and seaplanes. Their position was communicated to the Imperial staff. Knowing that they were discovered, Admiral Tom Philips tried to get back home during the night, but in the morning around 5:00 a.m. receiving a report of Japanese troops landings at Kuantan, they changed course again to surprise them. The squadron however was spotted again, and attacked in force by some 86 bombers of the 86th flotilla based in Saigon, "Betty" bombers and and "Nell" torpedo planes.

Then followed the extraordinary ballet of Commander Bill Tennant to avoid high altitude bombs and torpedoes, lasting more than half an hour, downing two bombers and damaging 8 others, before another wave of 8 "Nell" torpedo-planes in close formation which launched and hit the Repulse in rapid succession by 4 or 5 torpedoes. She sank at 12:23 pm, nringing with her 508 sailors and officers. Survivors were rescued by two destroyers. Force Z had lived. The Renown was now the last battlecruiser in service worldwide (arguably the IJN Kongo class has been so thoroughly modified they were now rather fast battleships).

hms renown 1942
Author's profile of HMS renown in 1942
Specifications (Renown 1940)
Displacement: 36 080 t. standard -36 660 t. FL
Dimensions: 242 m x 27,4 m x 9,7 m draft FL
Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons turbines, 8 Yarrow boilers, 120 000 hp. Top speed 29 knots, 5,000 nm at 12 knots.
Armour: Main casemate 355 mm, decks 160 mm, telemeters 152 mm, turrets 406 mm, barbettes 38 mm, CT 343 mm.
Armament: 6 x 381 mm (3x2), 10 x 113 mm (5x2) DP, 24 x 40 mm AA (3x8), 3 Walrus seaplanes.
Crew: 1200

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HMS Hood (1918)

Hood in Malta

The HMS Hood was exceptional for more than one reason: She was the last British battlecruiser and one of the last in service in the world (the Japanese Kongo class ships had their protection so reinforced that they were classified like "fast battleships".). She was especially the steel ambassador of the entire Royal Navy, his pride like that of the country. She sailed on all seas, stopped in all ports, and proudly displayed the flag, during a peaceful career which lasted from 1921 to 1941.

She was finally the most powerful warship in the world at its launch and remained such until these disastrous days in May 1941, at least in the minds of the average citizen reading newspapers in mainland. So a symbol. But the aura of a symbolism cannot protect an outdated concept. This is what the hood bitterly and violently demonstrated painfully. Its other share of celebrity is due to its legendary (but short) duel of artillery with the new most powerful warship of the world, black beast of the British and in particular of Winston Churchill: The battleship Bismarck.

Allen C. Green Series - The Hood in 1924. The tragedy of this superb ship was that it had never undergone an overhaul that would have enabled it to better resist the blows of the German giant, as well as to better respond to the needs of the fleet during the war. He paid dearly for the price, but ... you don't touch a symbol.[/caption]

The Hood was first and foremost plagued by an armor designed on plans before the Battle of Jutland. The parabolic shots were then considered too uncertain (from the point of view of the British, whose pointing tools had very average precision) to constitute a sufficient risk to weigh the ship down. It was therefore sacrificed on the altar of the sacrosanct speed. However, the Germans, as they showed precisely during this engagement, put much more blows to the goal. But this warning was not followed by the addition of real protection thereafter, and when the Bismarck engaged it, the result was clear and without burr.

Ordered during the war, before the Battle of Jutland (March 1916), and her keel laid in September 1916, the Hood was launched to John Brown on August 22, 1918, but completed after the war, to be accepted in active service on May 15 1920. Compared to the previous Repulse, she was a perfect example of the "always more" that prevailed in the admiralty of the time, a race which the treaty of Washington (1922) came to end.

At the same time, she witnessed the cancellation of the series, the four other "admiral class" sister-ships, which would have been accepted in service around 1922-24. The Hood was 33 meters longer, 4 inches wider, and almost 10,000 tonnes heavier, with two additional 380 mm pieces than the previous Renown. She was therefore de facto the most powerful warship ever built in the world. She remained so until the end of the 1930s. But as a battle cruiser, and because of the will of John Jellicoe and David Beatty, her protection remained - in theory - speed. However, this type of ship could, if necessary, cross iron with a battleship - from a distance, using her range. In truth, in no way was she ready to fight the Bismarck, of a whole other generation, that of fast battleships, marrying the "best of both worlds" in a terrifying package. But at the time she was the admiralty's only match for the mighty German battleship.
The Hood, however, benefited from a few concessions to progress, in particular a more efficient AA made up of 40mm Bofors. However, its fire control was obsolete, like most of its detection and telemetry equipment. The "major overhaul" was to take place between the end of 1939 and mid-1941 but the war put an end to this attempt. The Hood was requisitioned urgently, we could not do without it. The Hood therefore began a series of interdiction patrols to the German fleet between Iceland and the coast of Norway. Then he joined force H in the Mediterranean and participated in Operation Catapult in August 1940 against the French fleet stationed in Mers-el-Kébir.

hood at vancouver
Hood in Vancouver

Back at Scapa flow he stayed there to intervene in the event of a German invasion in the Channel ("Sea Lion" operation). He was later joined by the Prince of Wales. The threat of an invasion was temporarily repelled with the success of the Battle of Britain, but a new threat began to emerge. In May 1941, it took shape. The Bismarck accompanied by the Prinz Eugen attempted an outing in the Atlantic. It was however intercepted by the Hood group, a priori on paper a definite advantage, but as the protection and fire control of the Hood were obsolete, the Prince of Wales was too recent and not yet fully operational. But Churchill's order was clear: "sink the bismarck".

The engagement was brief for the Hood, it started to fire at a distance of 16500 meters. The first burst of Birmarck was too short, but the second hit the nail on the head. All of the Prince of Wales sailors saw this terrifying spectacle, of a greater spray of fire than the battle cruiser itself, spurting out from the aft mast as the hull lifted and deformed under enormous pressure. Everyone understood on board: One of the shells had hit the ammunition compartment. The ship, cut in half and on fire, sank very quickly, taking almost all of its crew. There were three survivors.

In 2001 the Hood wreck was rediscovered, which was the subject of a BBC report. However, an in-depth examination of where the explosion started did not solve the puzzle of the exact cause of the explosion. Indeed, the descriptions and drawings made of the explosion put their finger on a problem: It had started far from the rear ammunition compartment. There was practically nothing there that would cause it, or at least not on this scale. To date the hypotheses are going well but the truth is still eluding specialists ...

author's illustration - HMS Hood
Author's illustration - HMS Hood in May 1941
Specifications (Hood 1941)
Displacement: 42 670 t. standard -45 200 t. FL
Dimensions: 262,20 m x 31,7 m x 8,7 m FL
Propulsion: 4 shaft Brown-Cirtis turbines, 24 Yarrow boilers, 120 000 hp. Top speed 31 knots, 8,000 nm at 12 knots.
Armour: Belt 300 mm (12 in), turrets 381 mm (16 in), telemeters 150 mm (6 in), decks 100 mm (4 in), CT 280 mm (11.8 in).
Armament: 8 x 16-in/381 mm (4x2), 14 x 4-in/113 mm (7x2) DP, 8 x 40 mm AA, 1 RL AA.
Crew: 1477

Queen Elisabeth class battleships (1913)

Queen Elizabeth, Warspite, Barham, Malaya, Valiant
HMS Queen Elisabeth 1942
HMS Barham 1939
HMS Valiant
HMS warspite

HMS Valiant and Richelieu in the far east 1944
HMS Valiant and Richelieu in the far east 1944

Veterans of two Wars

The Queen Elizabeth class of 1913 were already made famous by World War I, appreciated for their tremendous firepower, speed, and modern oil-fired boilers. This was a new generation of battleships, still in the tradition of dreadnoughts initiated in 1906, but already looking forward to the next generation of "super battleships". These ships were commissioned during the Great War (1915-16), were deployed in activity with the home fleet, which formed a squadron renowned during their only truly offensive deployment, under the command of Admiral Jellicoe during the Battle of Jutland in May 1916.

The class included Queen Elizabeth, Valiant, Warspite, Malaya and Barham. Unquestionably, their main advantage lay in their 8-piece, 381-mm artillery, whose range and impact were formidable at the time. But already at that time we plunged on 406 mm pieces, and the British even put into service (shortly) battle cruisers with 460 mm pieces, which were converted into aircraft carriers (the Furious and Courageous).

They were with the more recent Revenge the spearhead of the Home Fleet throughout the interwar period, seeing their predecessors scrapped for the sake of the Washington Treaty. Their only survivor was HMS Iron Duke, of the previous class, who served as a gunnery school ship during the war. By 1933, however, they had aged and their modernization was being considered.

Blueprint of the Valiant and Queen Elisabth after reconstruction
Blueprint of the Valiant and Queen Elisabth after reconstruction

Some suggested that the plans for abandoned warship projects in 1920, alternative plans for Nelson (1925), and preparatory plans for the future class of battleships in the post-moratorium, could find practical application: battleships of the Queen Elizabeth class. However, for budgetary reasons (we were affected by the crisis of 1929), we deployed this reconstruction plan on only three units: The Warspite (nicknamed "old lady", and was the first), the Queen Elizabeth, and the Valiant, Malaya and Barham, like the following Revenge, were only modernized in a rather drastic way.

HMS Barham, Malaya and Argus

The great refit of 1936

- First refit: HMS Warspite, completed in 1937 and cost 2 million pounds. The Warspite emerged with increased width, better protection, bulges, a new powertrain (trees, propellers, boilers, etc.), new rangefinders and a new massive and spacious gangway superstructure. He kept some of his 152 mm pieces and was given four 102 mm doubles, as well as four 40 mm octuples and four 7.9 mm quadruples. Shortly before the war, he was given a radar, which proved decisive during his engagements in Norway and the Mediterranean. The Warspite had a good career, on almost all theaters of operation of the Royal Navy.

- Second refit concerned the Valiant, rebuilt in 1927-30, and between 1937 and 1939 in Devonport. His redesign served as a model for Queen Elizabeth. The Valiant participated in the operation of Mers el Kebir, at the Battle of Cape Matapan, at the ridge, and in December 1941, he was put out of action for many months because of a mine in Alexandria posed by the divers Italians. In 1943, he participated in operations in Sicily and Italy (Salerno), then was sent to the Far East and fought the Japanese in Indonesia.

- Third refit, the Queen Elizabeth, modernized in 1926-27, then in 1937-41. This redesign was even more advanced than the Warspite because, among other things, the secondary armament in barbettes was removed, and 10 double carriages of 114 mm added instead. the AA armament was also reinforced and its electronic equipment modernized. Queen Elizabeth spent most of her career in the Mediterranean. It was sunk in shallow waters in Alexandria by Italian swimmers and immobilized for almost a year of salvage and work.

HMS Barham in Suday Bay 1941
HMS Barham in Suday Bay 1941

HMS Barham underway in 1941, shortly before her demise - notice the truncated funnel of the first early refit

QE class specifications 1940

Dimensions195 m long, 31.7 m wide, 9.8 m draft.
Displacement30,000 t. standard -36 500 t. Full Load
Crew950 officers and enlisted men
Propulsion4 propellers, 4 Parsons turbines, 8 Admiralty boilers, 80,000 hp.
SpeedTop speed 23.5 knots.
Range? nm at 12kts
Armament8 pieces of 381 (4x2), 20 pieces of 114 mm (10x2), 32 of 40 mm AA, 20 to 52 of 20 mm, 2 seaplanes.
Armor330 mm belt, 152 mm central reduction, 330 mm turrets, 278 mm bunker.

Revenge class battleships (1915)

Revenge, Ramillies, Resolution, Royal Oak, Royal Sovereign.

The "R" class battleships enlisting again in WW2

Colorized photo of HMS Revenge by Irootoko Jr.

Launched shortly after the Queen Elisabeth class and commissioned from 1916 to 1917, the five Revenge class battleships, sometimes referred to as the Royal Sovereign class, were designed to be more "economical" while retaining the essential of the previous dreadnoughts. Dimensions, the tonnage, and propulsive apparatus were reduced (notably by the number of boilers).

So their speed and range were, therefore, lower, but they retained their impressive 15in (381 mm) artillery then almost unparalleled in Europe: German battleships of the Baden class were the only ones competing, late in the war. Some compromises with supplies were also made by a return to mixed heating, by coal and oil, initially for fear of a lack of oil supplies in wartime.

Profile of the class in 1916 (wikimedia commons)

In the end these ships looked more stocky and their unique funnel had them immediately recognized from the previous battleships. The class included HMS Revenge, Ramillies, Resolution, Royal Oak, and Royal Sovereign. Armor protection for these ships was reviewed and quite different from the previous Queen Elizabeths: The armored bridge was much higher, side armor were made thicker, reaching 13 inches (330 mm). This scheme was chosen because at the time the Revenge was designed, the Admiralty still believed that the fleet engagements would take place at a relatively close distance, and so that the main danger would came from direct fire on the flanks, rather than high angle plunging fire striking the deck. Moreover, this change in armor arrangement was a seen as a measure of economy.

HMS Royal Oak
HMS Royal Oak in 1937.


The previous Queen Elisabeth had conical plate reinforcements at the top and bottom of the armored belt, which were extremely expensive to produce. Overall, it was probably an effective scheme but quickly rendered obsolete by developments in naval artillery, aviation, and tactics that, unfortunately, evolved almost immediately after the ships entered service. Later, they were given added anti-torpedo Bulges on the flanks, which provided excellent protection in theory against torpedo attacks in the thirties, but because of the rise of new torpedoes warheads, proved insufficient for the Royal Oak when she met her fate in 1939...

HMS Revenge, date unknown
HMS Revenge, date unknown (IMW)

Another of their most important characteristics was their stability, voluntarily sacrificed to give them a better elevation for the artillery. This made any further modernization difficult if not impossible: Thus, total reconstructions such as the Warspite or Valiant ones where it was necessary to add nearly 3000 tons of additional steel for superstructures, new rangefinders, AAA, etc. were out of question.

As a result, the "redesign" of these five ships was rather superficial: It consisted in modernizing their powerplant, turned after the war to "all-oil", improving their endurance, saving space and allowing for extra anti-torpedo ballasts in 1922-24. In 1928, two of their barbette guns were eliminated in favor of modern dual-purpose 102 mm turrets, four being mounted on the central superstructure. Submarine torpedo tubes were removed from 1931, but two and then two more Octuples 40 mm Bofors were quickly added to bolster their AA defence, for a total of 2-pdr 32 guns and from 12 to 16 single Oerlikon guns in 1941.

Subsequently, until 1941, they received up to 40 of these 20 mm guns to increase their survivability. Fortunately, none suffered a fatal air attack, their protection focusing on the side shield was thus never put in default. On the other hand it was not the same for submarines.

HMS Resolution
HMS Resolution

The Revenge class in action

In operation, the five battleships were considered less efficient than the previous Queen Elisabeth and were somewhat relegated to less active posts. They all participated in convoy escorts from 1939. They were based at Scapa Flow, in the event of a Kriegsmarine raid in force against the convoys. This was an interception and in no way chase, because their speed was no match to that of German battleships. Scapa Flow was judged by the admiralty and the press as "inviolable".

So this came as a shock for the Nation when the HMS Royal Oak was sunk, then anchored on November 14, 1939, by Commander Gunther Prien' U47, making a hero return in Germany... Later in operations, the Ramillies and the Resolution were also torpedoed, but their ballasts damped the shock, and they were able to regain an harbor for repairs.

The Royal Sovereign, as part of Russian aid in Murmansk convoys, was eventually to the Soviet Navy, taking the name of Arkhangelsk in 1944. She escorted the convoys in anticipation of a Norway-based Kriegsmarine attack. She was returned to the Royal Navy in 1948, put in reserve and scrapped soon after, a fate rather similar, of later than the other battleships of the class.

HMS Royal Sovereign at Philadelphia in 1943
HMS Royal Sovereign at Philadelphia in 1943

HMS Ramillies
HMS Ramillies in 1941 off Dakar, Operation Menace.

Royal Sovereign 1940 specifications

Dimensions190 m long, 30 m wide (27 origin), 8.7 m draft.
Displacement28,000 t. standard -34 510 t. Full Load
Propulsion4 propellers, 4 Parsons turbines, 24 Admiralty boilers, 26,500 hp.
SpeedMaximum speed 21 knots, RA 5000 nautical at 12 knots.
Armament8 pieces of 381mm cal 42 (4x2), 12 Mk XII 152 mm in barbets, 8 x 102 mm AA (4x2), 32 x 40 mm AA, 52 x 20 mm, 2 seaplanes.
Armor330 mm belt, 127 mm bridge, 278 mm central reduction, 330 mm turrets, 254 mm barbettes, 278 mm bunker.
HMS resolution in the Indian Ocean
HMS resolution in the Indian Ocean

Arkhangelsk in 1944, ex Royal Sovereign transferred to the Soviet Navy to secure the road to Murmansk (cc)

The post-Jutland battleships: Nelson class

Genesis of the design

The Nelson are interesting and atypical battleships. They were compromises directly derived from designs developed in 1918-1920 that took into account the lessons of the Great War at sea, and especially and especially the Battle of Jutland, the only major commitment or the ships of the line were seriously tested. Most naval engagements of the Great War were skirmishes of battle cruisers.

On the other hand, Jutland showed the limits of their concept. Against other similar buildings (here in this case Germans), protection was essential. The British losses were mainly attributed to this undeniable factor: The protection of German buildings comparable was much better, as the engineers discovered much later by analyzing the wrecked Hindenburg wreck at Scapa Flow in 1919.

The many designs that were developed by the admiralty thus consisted in tending towards a battleship battle cruiser model, in fact the prototype of the “super-dreadnought”. Thus in the cartons, were developed battleships of the type G3 armed with 406 mm pieces and others type N3 armed with parts of the type N3, 457 mm. All the other nations of the time were thrown into the same escalation of power and tonnage.

The treaty of Washington (1922) came to put a good order. In particular, it halted the continuation of the construction of the Hood (1920), leaving the latter without sister-ship and killing in the ouef most projects, stopping net construction of other buildings in progress.

Thus, it is by modifying the plans of the G3 that the Admiralty managed to render “in conformity” with the treaty their future Nelson. But this inevitably led to many compromises in order to satisfy the treaty while at the same time protecting the armament / protection / speed balance. In fact they were nicknamed after their entry into service as the class of “Cherry tree”, the “trees pruned in Washington”.

The “dry” displacement (excluding oil and ballast) projected was 35,000 tonnes. The main artillery was placed in the front, not to counter the conventional tactic of “bar the T”, but to reduce the weight of the armor by restricting the length of the battleship.

Innovations and characteristics:
Artillery was signalled by their triple turrets for the first time, firing lighter shells, but with higher velocity, like German battleships of the Great War. For the first time an advanced semi-electronic fire control system was used for direct AAA and an Admiralty Fire Control Table Mark I was setup for main artillery fire.

The secondary armament was of course no longer in barbettes, distant legacy of side artillery, but in semi-automated turrets placed aft. For protection the general principle was “all or nothing” armor scheme. It was generally internal, notably using deflecting and non-straight surfaces. Many compromised led to ways to diffuse eneregy as well as blocking hits.

On the other hand, for the first time, they had a true battleship armoured deck, designed to deal with plunging parabolic fire and aircraft hits. Machinery was reworked and since the 1906 dreadnought they returned to a two propellers configuration. They also adopted more efficient boilers and oil heating, therefore a single truncated funnel was now sufficient. The hull was hydro-dynamically trimmed for maximum efficiency, but top speed was was limited to 23 knots, not really an improvements over previous "super dreadnoughts".

Launch and trials
HMS Nelson and Rodney were started in 1923-24, launched in 1925-26 and completed in 1927. They partially reused material from cancelled battleships after the 1922 treaty ban. They were still not indeed “fast battleships” because of many concessions made to limit their tonnage. Their particular superstructure was soon nicknamed “queen anne’s mantion”. Created to save weight, this quite unique structure largely used aluminum. On decks, fir tree was also widely used rather than teak, also as a weight-saving measure. The position and shape of the bridge superstructure, and embedded conning tower acted as a “sail”, which distorting maneuvers at low speed. Both were not agile either, having a very long turning circle.

Nelson's 3-view profile (creative commons)

The peculiarities of the unusual silhouette of this class made it that in 1939 they were nicknamed sarcastically by their crew and were known in the Royal Navy as "Nelsol" and "Rodnol", in reference to tankers named in "-ol" by that time. Nevertheless they proved their value during the Second World War, often in the foreground. They were modernized only by adding radar and larger AA, mainly quadruple 40mm AA Bofors and Oerlikon 20mm. whereas quadruple Vickers 0.5 in were were considered too light nd removed.

HMS Nelson, was the fourth ship bearing the name of the famous Admiral, built in Newcastle by Armstrong-Withworth, commissioned in August 1927. She became the flagship of Home Fleet based at Scapa Flow. Her crew mutinied in 1931 (Invergordon mutiny). In 1939, both ships participated in escort missions and were based in Scapa with the aim of intercepting German ships passing by the northern route to the Atlantic. They never catch a single one there during their different sorties.

Off the Orkney Islands, HMS Nelson was torpedoed on October 30 by U56. Fortunately, none of the three torpedoes launched exploded. Then in December, she struck a magnetic mine in Loch Ewe and was sent to Portsmouth for extensive repairs lasting until August 1940. She was then deployed to Rosyth to counter a possible invasion in the channel, then in April-June 1941, she was assigned to the Atlantic command.

HMS Nelson Operation Torch

In May, Nelson was in Freetown, East Africa, ordered to enter Gibraltar during the Bismarck chase. After her participation in this episode (she never reached the final fight), she was sent to the Mediterranean to join Force H. She was torpedoed by an Italian aircraft in September 1941 and had to return to UK for repairs until 1942. Later she returned to Force H, was based in Malta, taking part in convoy escort to North Africa. She participated in Operation Torch, in Tunisia, Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily, and the Italian armistice was signed on board in November 1943 between Eisenhower and Pietro Badoglio.

Nelson firing during a gunnery trial

She then returned home for the addition of a powerful additional AA, radars, and was ready to participate to D-Day operations. Damaged by two mines, she was sent for repairs in Philadelphia as British yards were saturated. From January 1945s she was posted to the Far East in Colombo, supporting operations in Burma and Malaysia. In September 1945 she received the surrender of Japanese troops at Penang. Returning home in November, she spent the rest of her service in the home fleet until 1947. Not useful in the context of the cold war she was sent to scrap.

HMS Rodney

HMS Rodney after a refit at Liverpool.

HMS Rodney had a fairly similar career but owes her fame to her "fight" (execution would be fair) against Bismarck in May 1941. The German Battleships was was still operational although her direction was inoperative. Rodney herself had undergone some work because of her weak rudder. Built in Cammel laird, Birkenhead, and Launched in December 1942, HMS Rodney, named after an admiral -as should have been the Hood class ships- was accepted into service in November 1927.

Her crew took part in the Invergordon mutiny in 1931. In September 1939, she was based with the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow, deployed to escort convoys and blocking their way to Kriegsmarine raiders. Her slow speed did not allow her to do more than Nelson in this role however. Rodney would participate in the fighting in Norway and was hit by a German magnetic aerial bomb which struck her bridge but failed to explode. Repaired Rodney was by March 16, 1941 performing an escort in the North Atlantic, when she spotted the Scharnhorst. However the latter also spotted and recognised her and did not engaged, retiring quickly to safety. Rodney would however fire her guns in anger on the Bismarck with King George V.

During this event, Rodney fire was at first parabolic but as the distance feel, straighter, down to direct fire at short distance. Her heavy shells tearing the German capital ship to pieces. She then retired due to her lack of fuel, and having exhausted virtually all her large caliber ammunition, a fact which alone is saying a lot about the German battleship strength. We now know today that indeed the Bismarck was scuttled in order to sink. After a trip to Boston to care for her engines, Rodney joined Force H in Gibraltar. She operated off Malta, participated in Operation Torch, and the landings of Sicily and Salerno.

Nelson pounding the normandy landings fortifications on D Day
Nelson pounding the Normandy landings fortifications on D Day

In June 1944 she was deployed for the landings at D-Day, shelling fortified points of the Atlantic wall. She took part in convoys back and forth to Murmansk. Because of her multiple turbines problems full modernization was never carried out at the level of HMS Nelson, and was placed in reserve as of December 1944, in Scapa Flow. She was broken up in 1947.


Dimensions201 m long, 32 m wide, 9.6 m draft (full load)
Displacement33,950 t. standard -41 250 t. Full Load
Propulsion2 propellers, 2 Brown-Curtis turbines, 8 Yarrow boilers, 45,000 hp.
SpeedTop speed 23 knots, 5000 nautical Radius at 12 knots.
Armament9 x 406mm Mk I (3x3), 12 x 152 mm (6x2) Mk XXIII, 6 x 102 mm Mk VIII AA, 24 x 40 mm AA (3x8), 16 x 12.7 mm Vickers (4x4), 2 x 622 mm TTs sub.
ArmorCitadel 355 mm, 160 mm decks, 152 mm rangefinders, 406 mm turrets, 38 mm barbettes, 343 mm blockhouse.

King Georges V class battleships (1937)

King Georges V, Prince of Wales, Duke of York, Howe, Anson launched 1937-41

HMS Howe through the Suez Canal to join the far eastern squadron in 1944
HMS Howe through the Suez Canal to join the far eastern squadron in 1944

The Royal Navy’s first fast battleships, following the ten-year vacancy of the Washington Treaty, were the King George V class. They were the culmination of nearly 15 years of vacation since the post-war design that led to the unusual Nelson and Rodney relied on the new London Treaty (1930) extending the moratorium until 1937.

These battleships were both larger and heavier than the previous ships ast 38,000 standard tons, whereas the old limit was 35,000 tons. The King George V class was also a compromised class returning to a lower caliber (340 mm or 15 inches, compared to 381 mm – 16 inches) because of the treaties. To improve protection, armour was extended over almost the whole ship (no longer all or nothing), and the smaller main guns allowed to placed them in quadruple turrets for the first and last time on British Battleships. The configuration allowed to limit the lenght of armour around vital parts and barbettes, thus making the ship lighter.

KGV secondary artillery

With a twin turret in position B, this gave them ten versus nine on the Nelson, with a substantially equal range and a higher rate of fire. But these new mounts were complex and caused many problems of development even as the war began. Their speed was much higher than that of the Nelson, and they indeed deserved for the first time the title of "fast battleships".


details of the ship
Engines and propulsion
The genesis of this class started in 1937. Compartmentalisation of their engine room was for the first time very neat, with boilers and machines grouped in pairs, to prevent a single shot disabling most of their propulsion. Nominal power output was rated for 110,000 horsepower at 230 rpm, the steam being injected into the tubes at a working heat of 375 ° C.

An emergency system was planned to push the generated output to 125,000 hp or up to 138,000 on the Prince Of Wales. The boilers, from a very successful and long serie, had excellent reliability and great working pressure. However, they were not planned to be operate with high viscosity oil mixed with seawater, a situation forced by shortages after 1942. This resulted in significant losses in boilers, high maintenance and rising costs.

prince of wales in singapore
Prince of Wales at Singapore
Armor protection
The armor had been revised and expanded to many, less vital parts of the ship, unlike the “all or nothing” scheme of the previous Rodney. Machinery protection had largely benefited from these attentions. The belt was widened downwards, and the internal subdivision as well, with the central armored caissons lengthened and strengthened considerably. Nevertheless, decks protection against aerial bomb hits still remained barely sufficient for 1935, less so from 1939.

Turret armor was lower, but not that of the ammunitions wells, barbettes and ammunition rooms. On the contrary, ammunition has been greatly increased and better distributed. The Conning tower was also relatively light, wit a roof protected by just 10 cm of armour. The reason was that in practice, officers always visibility on the footbridge over the protected containment of the conning tower.

duke of york
HMS Duke of York at sea circa 1943
The main armament largely reflected the procrastination of the moment. The first scheme involved a battery of three triple turrets with 15-in guns, but political pressure following the London Treaty forced the admiralty to a reduction down to 14 inches. From that point, quadruple turrets design was envisioned to replace the triple design, which would have given a total of 12 guns (3x4), ideal for saturation fire, and a popular principle in 1936. Howeber in the end, it was seen during the war as mistake, as the neighboring nations soon opted for larger calibers, 15, 16 in or even 18 in.

hms Anson at Devonport 1945
HMS Anson at Devonport 1945

While saber rattling were clearly heard in mainland Europe, the admiralty obtained some liberties towards the treaty and at this point were ready technically to swap to the adpatation of the new 15 in guns. But delays needed for such an operation would have further reduced the entry into active service of the first ship of the class. Construction was carried out with the initial design. In addition the quadruple turrets, entirely new, there were teething problems with maneuvering. In retrospect and regarding the fight with the Bismarck these combined flaws (including the turrets being almost inoperative) almost cost the Royal Navy the Prince of Wales.

KGV ramming
King Georges V showing her prow after ramming an U-Boat in the Atlantic.

The King Georges V secondary artillery was also innovative but accumulated development problems. It was planned to not give them 6-in guns, but a truly versatile dual purpose artillery capable of providing AA cover and against destroyers, torpedo boats down to MTBs. But this was never to be. Adopted on the Dido class cruisers, the new mounts proved disastrous. They were in practice too slow for an effective air defense (as meanwhile aircraft speed had greatly evolved), but it also lacked the hittong power to face the latest destroyers as well. The complexity of the loading system and light shells ended with an anemic 10-12 shots per minute on paper, down in practice to 7-8, and only with very trained crews.

This also explains why the Pince of Wales anti air defense was so weak and ineffective in December 1941. This AA defense was compounded with several quad-40 mm QF2 (“pom-pom”), as well as 20 mm Oerlikon guns and extra Bofors in single mounts, and under mask. This light armament more than doubled during the conflict. In 1945, HMS Anson had sixty-nine 20 mm and nothing less than two hundred 40 mm in octuple mounts.

Career of the King Georges V class

The King George V class finally counted 5 ships in the British tradition, the first entering service in December 1940, and the others (Prince of Wales, Duke of York, Howe, Anson), respectively in March in November 1941, June and August 1942. Their career was splendidly filled and they were of all theaters of operation except the mediterranean.

KGV in Tokyo Bay, September 1945

The Prince of Wales was the only lost in the class, and by an air force. Apart the KGV which pounded the Bismark, and the Duke of York which sank the Scharnhorst, the four ships had relatively unevenful career. As early as 1938, their replacement by a new class, this time equipped with the standard 16-in artillery (in three triple turrets), was ordered, and the first two were started in September 1939. But the lack of materials, manpower and priorities caused them to be suspended and then canceled (Lion class). The last British battleship turned out to be the Vanguard (1947), inheriting the artillery of a decommissioned battle cruiser.

HMS Prince of Wales Author's ilustration of the Prince of Wales

Naval History

❢ Abbrev. & acronyms
AAW// warfare
AASAmphibious Assault Ship
AEWAirbone early warning
AGAir Group
AFVArmored Fighting Vehicle
AMGBarmoured motor gunboat
APArmor Piercing
APCArmored Personal Carrier
ASMAir-to-surface Missile
ASMDAnti Ship Missile Defence
ASW// Warfare
ASWRL/// rocket launcher
ATWahead thrown weapon
avgasAviation Gasoline
awAbove Waterline
AWACSAirborne warning & control system
bhpbrake horsepower
BLBreach-loader (gun)
BLRBreach-loading, Rifled (gun)
BUBroken Up
CAArmoured/Heavy cruiser
CalCaliber or ".php"
CGMissile Cruiser
CICCombat Information Center
C-in-CCommander in Chief
CIWSClose-in weapon system
CECompound Expansion (engine)
ChChantiers ("Yard", FR)
CLCruiser, Light
CMBCoastal Motor Boat
CMSCoastal Minesweeper
CNOChief of Naval Operations
CpCompound (armor)
COBCompound Overhad Beam
CODAGCombined Diesel & Gas
CODOGCombined Diesel/Gas
COGAGCombined Gas and Gas
COGOGCombined Gas/Gas
COSAGCombined Steam & Gas
CRCompound Reciprocating
CRCRSame, connecting rod
CruDivCruiser Division
CPControlled Pitch
CTConning Tower
CTLconstructive total loss
CTOLConv. Take off & landing
CTpCompound Trunk
CVAircraft Carrier
CVA// Attack
CVE// Escort
CVL// Light
CVS// ASW support
DADirect Action
DASHDrone ASW Helicopter
DCDepht Charge
DCT// Track
DCR// Rack
DCT// Thrower
DEDouble Expansion
DEDestroyer Escort
DDE// Converted
DesRonDestroyer Squadron
DFDouble Flux
DPDual Purpose
DUKWAmphibious truck
EOCElswick Ordnance Co.
ECMElectronic Warfare
ESMElectronic support measure
FCSFire Control System
fpsFeet Per Second
FYFiscal Year
GMMetacentric Height
GPMGGeneral Purpose Machine-gun
GRTGross Tonnage
GUPPYGreater Underwater Prop.Pow.
HAHigh Angle
HCHorizontal Compound
HCR// Reciprocating
HCDA// Direct Acting
HCDCR// connecting rod
HDA// direct acting
HDAC// acting compound
HDAG// acting geared
HDAR// acting reciprocating
HDMLHarbor def. Motor Launch
H/FHigh Frequency
HF/DF// Directional Finding
HMSHer Majesty Ship
HNHarvey Nickel
HNCHorizontal non-condensing hp
HPHigh Pressure
HRHorizontal reciprocating
HRCR// connecting rod
HSHarbor Service
HS(E)Horizontal single (expansion)
HSET// trunk
HTHorizontal trunk
HTE// expansion
ICInverted Compound
IDAInverted direct acting
IFFIdentification Friend or Foe
ihpindicated horsepower
IMFInshore Minesweeper
KCKrupp, cemented
KNC// non cemented
LALow Angle
LCLanding Craft
LCA// Assault
LCAC// Air Cushion
LFC// Flak (AA)
LCG// Gunboat
LCG(L)/// Large
LCG(M)/// Medium
LCG(S)/// Small
LCI// Infantry
LCM// Mechanized
LCP// Personel
LCP(R)/// Rocket
LCS// Support
LCT// Tanks
LCV// Vehicles
LCVP/// Personal
LCU// Utility
locolocomotive (boiler)
LSCLanding ship, support
LSD// Dock
LSF// Fighter (direction)
LSM// Medium
LSS// Stern chute
LST// Tank
LSV// Vehicle
LPlow pressure
lwllenght waterline
MA/SBmotor AS boat
MGMachine Gun
MGBMotor Gunboat
MLMotor Launch
MMSMotor Minesweper
MTMilitary Transport
MTBMotor Torpedo Boat
HMGHeavy Machine Gun
MCM(V)Mine countermeasure Vessel
MLMuzzle loading
MLR// rifled
MSOOcean Minesweeper
NCnon condensing
nhpnominal horsepower
nmNautical miles
NBC/ABCNuc. Bact. Nuclear
NSNickel steel
NTDSNav.Tactical Def.System
NyDNaval Yard
OPVOffshore Patrol Vessel
PCPatrol Craft
PDMSPoint Defence Missile System
psipounds per square inch
PVDSPropelled variable-depth sonar
QFQuick Fire
QFC// converted
RAdmRear Admiral
RCRreturn connecting rod
RFRapid Fire
RPCRemote Control
rpgRound per gun
SAMSurface to air Missile
SARSearch Air Rescue
SBShip Builder
SCSub-chaser (hunter)
SSBNBallistic Missile sub.Nuclear
SESimple Expansion
SET// trunk
shpShaft horsepower
SHsimple horizontal
SOSUSSound Surv. System
SPRsimple pressure horiz.
SSSubmarine (Conv.)
SSMSurface-surface Missile
sfsteam frigate
SLBMSub.Launched Ballistic Missile
spfsteam paddle frigate
STOVLShort Take off/landing
SUBROCSub.Fired ASW Rocket
tton, long (short in bracket)
TACANTactical Air Nav.
TBTorpedo Boat
TBD// destroyer
TCTorpedo carriage
TETriple expansion
TER// reciprocating
TFTask Force
TGBTorpedo gunboat
TGTask Group
TLTorpedo launcher
TLC// carriage
TSTraining Ship
TTTorpedo Tube
UDTUnderwater Demolition Team
UHFUltra High Frequency
VadmVice Admiral
VCVertical compound
VCE// expansion
VDE/ double expansion
VDSVariable Depth Sonar
VIC/ inverted compound
VLFVery Low Frequency
VQL/ quadruple expansion
VSTOLVertical/short take off/landing
VTE/ triple expansion
VTOLVertical take off/landing
VSE/ Simple Expansion
WTWireless Telegraphy
xnumber of
BuShipsBureau of Ships
DBMGerman Navy League
GBGreat Britain
DNCDirectorate of Naval Construction
EEZExclusive Economic Zone
FAAFleet Air Arm
FNFLFree French Navy
MDAPMutual Def.Assistance Prog.
MSAMaritime Safety Agency
RAFRoyal Air Force
RANRoyal Australian Navy
RCNRoyal Canadian Navy
R&DResearch & Development
RNRoyal Navy
RNZNRoyal New Zealand Navy
USSRUnion of Socialist Republics
UE/EECEuropean Union/Comunity
UNUnited Nations Org.
USNUnited States Navy
WaPacWarsaw Pact

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Numancia (1863)
Tetuan (1863)
Vitoria (1865)
Arapiles (1864)
Zaragosa (1867)
Sagunto (1869)
Mendez Nunez (1869)

Spanish wooden s. frigates (1861-65)
Frigate Tornado (1865)
Frigate Maria de Molina (1868)
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Austro-Hungarian Navy 1870 K.u.K. Kriegsmarine
Ironclad Kaiser (1850-70)
Drache class BD. Ironclads (1861)
Kaiser Max class BD. Ironclads (1862)
Erzherzog F. Max class BD. Ironclads (1865)
SMS Lissa Ct. Bat. Ships (1869)

SMS Novara Frigate (1850)
SMS Schwarzenberg Frigate (1853)
Radetzky class frigates (1854)
SMS Helgoland Sloop (1867)

Danish Navy 1870 Dansk Marine
Lindormen (1868)

Hellenic Navy 1870 Nautiko Hellenon
Basileos Giorgios (1867)
Basilisa Olga (1869)
Sloop Hellas (1861)

Koninklije Marine 1870 Koninklije Marine
Dutch Screw Frigates & corvettes
De Ruyter Bd Ironclad (1863)
Prins H. der Neth. Turret ship (1866)
Buffel class turret rams (1868)
Skorpioen class turret rams (1868)
Heiligerlee class Monitors (1868)
Bloedhond class Monitors (1869)
Adder class Monitors (1870)
A.H.Van Nassau Frigate (1861)
A.Paulowna Frigate (1867)
Djambi class corvettes (1860)
Amstel class Gunboats (1860)

Marine Française 1870 Marine Nationale
Screw 3-deckers (1850-58)
Screw 2-deckers (1852-59)
Screw Frigates (1849-59)
Screw Corvettes (1846-59)
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Paddle Corvettes
screw sloops
screw gunboats
Sailing ships of the line
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Sailing bricks

Gloire class Bd. Ironclads (1859)
Couronne Bd. Ironclad (1861)
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Palestro class Flt. Batteries (1862)
Arrogante class Flt. Batteries (1864)
Provence class Bd. Ironclads (1864) Embuscade class Flt. Batteries (1865)
Taureau arm. ram (1865)
Belliqueuse Bd. Ironclad (1865)
Alma Cent. Bat. Ironclads (1867)
Ocean class CT Battery ship (1868)

French converted sailing frigates (1860)
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Talisman cruisers (1862)
Resolue cruisers (1863)
Venus class cruisers (1864)
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Desaix cruiser (1866)
Limier class cruisers (1867)
Linois cruiser (1867)
Chateaurenault cruiser (1868)
Infernet class Cruisers (1869)
Bourayne class Cruisers (1869)
Cruiser Hirondelle (1869)

Curieux class sloops (1860)
Adonis class sloops (1863)
Guichen class sloops (1865)
Sloop Renard (1866)
Bruix class sloops (1867)
Pique class gunboats (1862)
Hache class gunboats (1862)
Arbalete class gunboats (1866)
Etendard class gunboats (1868)
Revolver class gunboats (1869)

Marinha do Brasil 1870 Marinha do Brasil
Barrozo class (1864)
Brasil (1864)
Tamandare (1865)
Lima Barros (1865)
Rio de Janeiro (1865)
Silvado (1866)
Mariz E Barros class (1866)
Carbal class (1866)

Turkish Ottoman navy 1870 Osmanlı Donanması
Osmanieh class Bd.Ironclads (1864) Assari Tewfik (1868) Assari Shevket class Ct. Ironclads (1868)
Lufti Djelil class CDS (1868)
Avni Illah class cas.ironclads (1869)
Fethi Bulend class cas.ironclads (1870)
Barbette ironclad Idjalleh (1870)
Messudieh class Ct.Bat.ships (1874)
Hamidieh Ct.Bat.Ironclads (1885)
Abdul Kadir Batleships (project)

Ertrogul Frigate (1863)
Selimieh (1865)
Rehberi Tewkik (1875)
Mehmet Selim (1876)
Sloops & despatch vessels

Marina do Peru Marina Do Peru
Monitor Atahualpa (1865)
CT. Bat Independencia (1865)
Turret ship Huascar (1865)
Frigate Apurimac (1855)
Corvette America (1865)
Corvette Union (1865)

Regia Marina 1870 Regia Marina 1870
Formidabile class (1861)
Pr. de Carignano class (1863)
Re d'Italia class (1864)
Regina maria Pia class (1863)
Roma class (1865)
Affondatore turret ram (1865)
Palestro class (1865)
Guerriera class (1866)
Cappelini class (1868)
Sesia DV (1862)
Esploratore class DV (1863)
Vedetta DV (1866)
Imperial Japanese navy 1870 Nihhon Kaigun
Ironclad Ruyjo (1864)
Ironclad Kotetsu (1868)
Frigate Fujiyama (1864)
Frigate Kasuga (1863)
Corvette Asama (1869)
Gunboat Raiden (1856)
Gunboat Chiyodogata (1863)
Teibo class GB (1866)
Gunboat Mushun (1865)
Gunboat Hosho (1868)
Prussian Navy 1870 Preußische Marine
Prinz Adalbert (1864)
Arminius (1864)
Friedrich Carl (1867)
Kronprinz (1867)
K.Whilhelm (1868)
Arcona class Frigates (1858)
Nymphe class Frigates (1863)
Augusta class Frigates (1864)
Jäger class gunboats (1860)
Chamaleon class gunboats (1860)
Russian mperial Navy 1870 Russkiy Flot
Ironclad Sevastopol (1864)
Ironclad Petropavlovsk (1864)
Ironclad Smerch (1864)
Pervenetz class (1863)
Charodeika class (1867)
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Ironclad Kniaz Pojarski (1867)
Bronenosetz class monitors (1867)
Admiral Chichagov class (1868)
S3D Imperator Nicolai I (1860)
S3D Sinop (1860)
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Russian screw two-deckers (1856-59)
Russian screw frigates (1854-61)
Russian screw corvettes (1856-60)
Russian screw sloops (1856-60)
Varyag class Corvettes (1862)
Almaz class Sloops (1861)
Opyt TGBT (1861)
Sobol class TGBT (1863)
Pishtchal class TGBT (1866)
Swedish Navy 1870 Svenska marinen
Ericsson class monitors (1865)
Frigate Karl XIV (1854)
Frigate Stockholm (1856)
Corvette Gefle (1848)
Corvette Orädd (1853)
Norwegian Navy 1870 Søværnet
Skorpionen class (1866)
Frigate Stolaf (1856)
Frigate Kong Sverre (1860)
Frigate Nordstjerna (1862)
Frigate Vanadis (1862)
Glommen class gunboats (1863)
⚑ 1890 Fleets
Argentinian Navy 1898 Armada de Argentina
Parana class (1873)
La Plata class (1875)
Pilcomayo class (1875)
Ferre class (1880)

Austro-Hungarian Navy 1898 K.u.K. Kriegsmarine

Custoza (1872)
Erzherzog Albrecht (1872)
Kaiser (1871)
Kaiser Max class (1875)
Tegetthoff (1878)

Radetzky(ii) class (1872)
SMS Donau(ii) (1874)
SMS Donau(iii) (1893)

Erzherzog Friedrich class (1878)
Saida (1878)
Fasana (1870)
Aurora class (1873)

Chinese Imperial Navy 1898 Imperial Chinese Navy

Hai An class frigates (1872)
Danish Navy 1898 Dansk Marine

Tordenskjold (1880)
Iver Hvitfeldt (1886)
Skjold (1896)
Cruiser Fyen (1882)
Cruiser Valkyrien (1888)

Hellenic Navy 1898 Nautiko Hellenon
Haitian Navy 1914Marine Haitienne

Gunboat St Michael (1970)
Gunboat "1804" (1875)
Gunboat Dessalines (1883)
Gunboat Toussaint Louverture (1886)
Koninklije Marine 1898 Koninklije Marine
Konigin der Netherland (1874)
Draak, monitor (1877)
Matador, monitor (1878)
R. Claeszen, monitor (1891)
Evertsen class CDS (1894)
Atjeh class cruisers (1876)
Cruiser Sumatra (1890)
Cruiser K.W. Der. Neth (1892)
Banda class Gunboats (1872)
Pontania class Gunboats (1873)
Gunboat Aruba (1873)
Hydra Gunboat class (1873)
Batavia class Gunboats (1877)
Wodan Gunboat class (1877)
Ceram class Gunboats (1887)
Combok class Gunboats (1891)
Borneo Gunboat (1892)
Nias class Gunboats (1895)
Koetei class Gunboats (1898)
Dutch sloops (1864-85)

Marine Française 1898 Marine Nationale
Friedland CT Battery ship (1873)
Richelieu CT Battery ship (1873)
Colbert class CT Battery ships (1875)
Redoutable CT Battery ship (1876)
Courbet class CT Battery ships (1879)
Amiral Duperre barbette ship (1879)
Terrible class barbette ships (1883)
Amiral Baudin class barbette ships (1883)
Barbette ship Hoche (1886)
Marceau class barbette ships (1888)
Cerbere class Arm.Ram (1870)
Tonnerre class Br.Monitors (1875)
Tempete class Br.Monitors (1876)
Tonnant ironclad (1880)
Furieux ironclad (1883)
Fusee class Arm.Gunboats (1885)
Acheron class Arm.Gunboats (1885)
Jemmapes class (1892)
Bouvines class (1892)

La Galissonière Cent. Bat. Ironclads (1872)
Bayard class barbette ships (1879)
Vauban class barbette ships (1882)
Prot. Cruiser Sfax (1884)
Prot. Cruiser Tage (1886)
Prot. Cruiser Amiral Cécille (1888)
Prot. Cruiser Davout (1889)
Forbin class Cruisers (1888)
Troude class Cruisers (1888)
Alger class Cruisers (1891)
Friant class Cruisers (1893)
Prot. Cruiser Suchet (1893)
Descartes class Cruisers (1893)
Linois class Cruisers (1896)
D'Assas class Cruisers (1896)
Catinat class Cruisers (1896)

R. de Genouilly class Cruisers (1876)
Cruiser Duquesne (1876)
Cruiser Tourville (1876)
Cruiser Duguay-Trouin (1877)
Laperouse class Cruisers (1877)
Villars class Cruisers (1879)
Cruiser Iphigenie (1881)
Cruiser Naiade (1881)
Cruiser Arethuse (1882)
Cruiser Dubourdieu (1884)
Cruiser Milan (1884)

Parseval class sloops (1876)
Bisson class sloops (1874)
Epee class gunboats (1873)
Crocodile class gunboats (1874)
Tromblon class gunboats (1875)
Condor class Torpedo Cruisers (1885)
G. Charmes class gunboats (1886)
Inconstant class sloops (1887)
Bombe class Torpedo Cruisers (1887)
Wattignies class Torpedo Cruisers (1891)
Levrier class Torpedo Cruisers (1891)

Marinha do Brasil 1898 Marinha do Brasil
Siete de Setembro class (1874)
Riachuleo class (1883)
Aquidaban class (1885)

Marina de Mexico 1898 Mexico
GB Indipendencia (1874)
GB Democrata (1875)

Turkish Ottoman navy 1898 Osmanlı Donanması
Cruiser Heibtnuma (1890)
Cruiser Lufti Humayun (1892)
Cruiser Hadevendighar (1892)
Shadieh class cruisers (1893)
Turkish TBs (1885-94)

Regia Marina 1898 Regia Marina Pr. Amadeo class (1871)
Caio Duilio class (1879)
Italia class (1885)
Ruggero di Lauria class (1884)
Carracciolo (1869)
Vettor Pisani (1869)
Cristoforo Colombo (1875)
Flavio Goia (1881)
Amerigo Vespucci (1882)
C. Colombo (ii) (1892)
Pietro Micca (1876)
Tripoli (1886)
Goito class (1887)
Folgore class (1887)
Partenope class (1889)
Giovanni Bausan (1883)
Etna class (1885)
Dogali (1885)
Piemonte (1888)
Staffeta (1876)
Rapido (1876)
Barbarigo class (1879)
Messagero (1885)
Archimede class (1887)
Guardiano class GB (1874)
Scilla class GB (1874)
Provana class GB (1884)
Curtatone class GB (1887)
Castore class GB (1888)

Imperial Japanese navy 1898 Nihhon Kaigun
Ironclad Fuso (1877)
Kongo class Ironclads (1877)

Cruiser Tsukushi (1880)
Cruiser Takao (1888)
Cruiser Yaeyama (1889)
Cruiser Chishima (1890)
Cruiser Tatsuta (1894)
Cruiser Miyako (1898)

Frigate Nisshin (1869)
Frigate Tsukuba (acq.1870)
Kaimon class CVT (1882)
Katsuragi class SCVT (1885)
Sloop Seiki (1875)
Sloop Amagi (1877)
Corvette Jingei (1876)
Gunboat Banjo (1878)
Maya class GB (1886)
Gunboat Oshima (1891)
German Navy 1898 Kaiserliche Marine

Ironclad Hansa (1872)
G.Kurfürst class (1873)
Kaiser class (1874)
Sachsen class (1877)
Ironclad Oldenburg (1884)

Ariadne class CVT (1871)
Leipzig class CVT (1875)
Bismarck class CVT (1877)
Carola class CVT (1880)
Corvette Nixe (1885)
Corvette Charlotte (1885)
Schwalbe class Cruisers (1887)
Bussard class (1890)

Aviso Zieten (1876)
Blitz class Avisos (1882)
Aviso Greif (1886)
Wacht class Avisos (1887)
Meteor class Avisos (1890)
Albatross class GBT (1871)
Cyclop GBT (1874)
Otter GBT (1877)
Wolf class GBT (1878)
Habitch class GBT (1879)
Hay GBT (1881)
Eber GBT (1881)
Rhein class Monitors (1872)
Wespe class Monitors (1876)
Brummer class Arm.Steamers (1884)
Russian Imperial Navy 1898 Russkiy Flot

Petr Velikiy (1872)
Ekaterina class ICL (1886)
Imperator Alexander class ICL (1887)
Ironclad Gangut (1890)
Admiral Ushakov class (1893)
Navarin (1893)
Petropavlovsk class (1894)
Sissoi Veliky (1896)

Minin (1866)
G.Admiral class (1875)
Pamiat Merkuria (1879)
V.Monomakh (1882)
D.Donskoi (1883)
Adm.Nakhimov (1883)
Vitiaz class (1884)
Pamiat Azova (1886)
Adm.Kornilov (1887)
Rurik (1895)
Svetlana (1896)

Gunboat Ersh (1874)
Kreiser class sloops (1875)
Gunboat Nerpa (1877)
Burun class Gunboats (1879)
Sivuch class Gunboats (1884)
Korietz class Gunboats (1886)
Kubanetz class Gunboats (1887)
TGBT Lt.Ilin (1886)
TGBT Kp.Saken (1889)
Kazarski class TGBT (1889)
Grozyaschi class AGBT (1890)
Gunboat Khrabri (1895)
T.Gunboat Abrek (1896)
Amur class minelayers (1898)
Marina do Peru Marina Do Peru

Lima class Cruisers (1880)
Chilean TBs (1879)

Swedish Navy 1898 Svenska Marinen
Monitor Loke (1871)
Svea class CDS (1886)
Berserk class (1873)
Sloop Balder (1870)
Blenda class GB (1874)
Urd class GB (1877)
Gunboat Edda (1885)
Norwegian Navy 1898 Søværnet
Lindormen (1868)
Gorm (1870)
Odin (1872)
Helgoland (1878)
Tordenskjold (1880)
Iver Hvitfeldt (1886)

Royal Navy 1898 Royal Navy
HMS Hotspur (1870)
HMS Glatton (1871)
Devastation classs (1871)
Cyclops class (1871)
HMS Rupert (1874)
Neptune class (1874)
HMS Dreadnought (1875)
HMS Inflexible (1876)
Agamemnon class (1879)
Conqueror class (1881)
Colossus class (1882)
Admiral class (1882)
Trafalgar class (1887)
Victoria class (1890)
Royal Sovereign class (1891)
Centurion class (1892)
HMS Renown (1895)

HMS Shannon (1875)
Nelson class (1876)
Iris class (1877)
Leander class (1882)
Imperieuse class (1883)
Mersey class (1885)
Surprise class (1885)
Scout class (1885)
Archer class (1885)
Orlando class (1886)
Medea class (1888)
Barracouta class (1889)
Barham class (1889)
Pearl class (1889)

Spanish Navy 1898 Armada 1898
Ironclad Pelayo (1887)

Infanta Maria Teresa class (1890)
Emperador Carlos V (1895)
Cristobal Colon (1897)
Princesa de Asturias (1896)
Aragon class (1879)
Velasco class (1881)
Isla de Luzon (1886)
Alfonso XII class (1887)
Reina Regentes class (1887)

Destructor class (1886)
Temerario class (1891)
TGunboat Filipinas (1892)
De Molina class (1896)
Furor class (1896)
Audaz class (1897)
Spanish TBs (1878-87)
Fernando class gunboats (1875)
Concha class gunboats (1883)

US Navy 1898 1898 US Navy
USS Maine (1889)
USS Texas (1892)
Indiana class (1893)
USS Iowa (1896)

Amphitrite class (1876)
USS Puritan (1882)
USS Monterey (1891)

Atlanta class (1884)
USS Chicago (1885)
USS Charleston (1888)
USS Baltimore (1888)
USS Philadelphia (1889)
USS San Francisco (1889)
USS Newark (1890)
USS New York (1891)
USS Olympia (1892)
Cincinatti class (1892)
Montgomery class (1893)
Columbia class (1893)
USS Brooklyn (1895)

USS Vesuvius (1888)
USS Katahdin (1893)
USN Torpedo Boats (1886-1901)
GB USS Dolphin (1884)
Yorktown class GB (1888)
GB USS Petrel (1888)
GB USS Bancroft (1892)
Machias class GB (1891)
GB USS Nashville (1895)
Wilmington class GB (1895)
Annapolis class GB (1896)
Wheeling class GB (1897)
Small gunboats (1886-95)
St Louis class AMC (1894)
Harvard class AMC (1888)
USN Armoured Merchant Cruisers
USN Armed Yachts


☉ Entente Fleets

British ww1 Royal Navy
WW1 British Battleships
Centurion class (1892)
Majestic class (1894)
Canopus class (1897)
Formidable class (1898)
London class (1899)
Duncan class (1901)
King Edward VII class (1903)
Swiftsure class (1903)
Lord Nelson class (1906)
HMS Dreadnought (1906)
Bellorophon class (1907)
St Vincent class (1908)
HMS Neptune (1909)
Colossus class (1910)
Orion class (1911)
King George V class (1911)
Iron Duke class (1912)
Queen Elizabeth class (1913)
HMS Canada (1913)
HMS Agincourt (1913)
HMS Erin (1915)
Revenge class (1915)
N3 class (1920)

WW1 British Battlecruisers
Invincible class (1907)
Indefatigable class (1909)
Lion class (1910)
HMS Tiger (1913)
Renown class (1916)
Courageous class (1916)
G3 class (1918)

ww1 British cruisers
Blake class (1889)
Edgar class (1890)
Powerful class (1895)
Diadem class (1896)
Cressy class (1900)
Drake class (1901)
Monmouth class (1901)
Devonshire class (1903)
Duke of Edinburgh class (1904)
Warrior class (1905)
Minotaur class (1906)
Hawkins class (1917)

Apollo class (1890)
Astraea class (1893)
Eclipse class (1894)
Arrogant class (1896)
Pelorus class (1896)
Highflyer class (1898)
Gem class (1903)
Adventure class (1904)
Forward class (1904)
Pathfinder class (1904)
Sentinel class (1904)
Boadicea class (1908)
Blonde class (1910)
Active class (1911)
'Town' class (1909-1913)
Arethusa class (1913)
'C' class series (1914-1922)
'D' class (1918)
'E' class (1918)

WW1 British Seaplane Carriers
HMS Ark Royal (1914)
HMS Campania (1893)
HMS Argus (1917)
HMS Furious (1917)
HMS Vindictive (1918)
HMS Hermes (1919)

WW1 British Destroyers
River class (1903)
Cricket class (1906)
Tribal class (1907)
HMS Swift (1907)
Beagle class (1909)
Acorn class (1910)
Acheron class (1911)
Acasta class (1912)
Laforey class (1913)
M/repeat M class (1914)
Faulknor class FL (1914)
T class (1915)
Parker class FL (1916)
R/mod R class (1916)
V class (1917)
V class FL (1917)
Shakespeare class FL (1917)
Scott class FL (1917)
W/mod W class (1917)
S class (1918)

WW1 British Torpedo Boats
125ft series (1885)
140ft series (1892)
160ft series (1901)
27-knotters (1894)
30-knotters (1896)
33-knotters (1896)

WW1 British Submarines
Nordenfelt Submarines (1885)
Flower class sloops
British Gunboats of WWI
British P-Boats (1915)
Kil class (1917)
British ww1 Minesweepers
Z-Whaler class patrol crafts
British ww1 CMB
British ww1 Auxiliaries

✠ Central Empires

⚑ Neutral Countries

Bulgarian Navy Bulgaria
Cruiser Nadezhda (1898)
Drski class TBs (1906)
Danish Navy 1914 Denmark
Skjold class (1896)
Herluf Trolle class (1899)
Herluf Trolle (1908)
Niels Iuel (1918)
Hekla class cruisers (1890)
Valkyrien class cruisers (1888)
Fyen class crusiers (1882)
Danish TBs (1879-1918)
Danish Submarines (1909-1920)
Danish Minelayer/sweepers

Greek Royal Navy Greece
Kilkis class
Giorgios Averof class

Dutch Empire Navy 1914 Netherlands
Eversten class (1894)
Konigin Regentes class (1900)
De Zeven Provincien (1909)
Dutch dreadnought (project)

Holland class cruisers (1896)
Fret class destroyers
Dutch Torpedo boats
Dutch gunboats
Dutch submarines
Dutch minelayers

Norwegian Navy 1914 Norway
Almirante Grau class (1906)
Ferre class subs. (1912)

Portuguese navy 1914 Portugal
Coastal Battleship Vasco da Gama (1875)
Cruiser Adamastor (1896)
Sao Gabriel class (1898)
Cruiser Dom Carlos I (1898)
Cruiser Rainha Dona Amelia (1899)
Portuguese ww1 Destroyers
Portuguese ww1 Submersibles
Portuguese ww1 Gunboats

Romanian Navy 1914 Romania

Elisabeta (1885)
Spanish Armada Spain
España class Battleships (1912)
Velasco class (1885)
Ironclad Pelayo (1887)
Alfonso XII class (1887)
Cataluna class (1896)
Plata class (1898)
Estramadura class (1900)
Reina Regentes class (1906)
Spanish Destroyers
Spanish Torpedo Boats
Spanish Sloops/Gunboats
Spanish Submarines
Spanish Armada 1898
Swedish Navy 1914 Sweden
Svea classs (1886)
Oden class (1896)
Dristigheten (1900)
Äran class (1901)
Oscar II (1905)
Sverige class (1915)
J. Ericsson class (1865)
Gerda class (1871)
Berserk (1873)
HMS Fylgia (1905)
Clas Fleming class (1912)
Swedish Torpedo cruisers
Swedish destroyers
Swedish Torpedo Boats
Swedish gunboats
Swedish submarines


✪ Allied ww2 Fleets

US ww2 US Navy
WW2 American Battleships
Wyoming class (1911)
New York class (1912)
Nevada class (1914)
Pennsylvania class (1915)
New Mexico class (1917)
Tennessee Class (1919)
Colorado class (1921)
North Carolina class (1940)
South Dakota class (1941)
Iowa class (1942)
Montana class (cancelled)

WW2 American Cruisers
Omaha class cruisers (1920)
Pensacola class heavy Cruisers (1928)
Northampton class heavy cruisers (1929)
Portland class heavy cruisers (1931)
New Orleans class cruisers (1933)
Brooklyn class cruisers (1936)
USS Wichita (1937)
Atlanta class light cruisers (1941)
Cleveland class light Cruisers (1942)
Baltimore class heavy cruisers (1942)
Alaska class heavy cruisers (1944)

WW2 USN Aircraft Carriers
USS Langley (1920)
Lexington class CVs (1927)
USS Ranger (CV-4)
USS Wasp (CV-7)
Yorktown class aircraft carriers (1936)
Long Island class (1940)
Independence class CVs (1942)
Essex class CVs (1942)
Bogue class CVEs (1942)
Sangamon class CVEs (1942)
Casablanca class CVEs (1942)
Commencement Bay class CVEs (1944)
Midway class CVs (1945)
Saipan class CVs (1945)

WW2 American destroyers
Wickes class (1918)
Clemson class (1920)
Farragut class (1934)
Porter class (1935)
Mahan class (1935)
Gridley class (1936)
Bagley class (1936)
Somers class (1937)
Benham class (1938)
Sims class (1938)
Benson class (1939)
Fletcher class (1942)
Sumner class (1943)
Gearing class (1945)

GMT Evarts class (1942)
TE Buckley class (1943)
TEV/WGT Rudderow classs (1943)
DET/FMR Cannon class
Asheville/Tacoma class

WW2 American Submarines
Barracuda class
USS Argonaut
Narwhal class
USS Dolphin
Cachalot class
Porpoise class
Shark class
Perch class
Salmon class
Sargo class
Tambor class
Mackerel class
Gato Class

USS Terror (1941)
Raven class Mnsp (1940)
Admirable class Mnsp (1942)
Eagle class sub chasers (1918)
PC class sub chasers
SC class sub chasers
PCS class sub chasers
YMS class Mot. Mnsp
ww2 US gunboats
ww2 US seaplane tenders
USS Curtiss ST (1940)
Currituck class ST
Tangier class ST
Barnegat class ST

US Coat Guardships
Lake class
Northland class
Treasury class
Owasco class
Wind class
Algonquin class
Thetis class
Active class

US Amphibious ships & crafts
US Amphibious Operations
Doyen class AT
Harris class AT
Dickman class AT
Bayfield class AT
Windsor class AT
Ormsby class AT
Funston class AT
Sumter class AT
Haskell class AT
Andromeda class AT
Gilliam class AT
APD-1 class LT
APD-37 class LT
LSV class LS
LSD class LS
Landing Ship Tank
LSM class LS
LSM(R) class SS
LCV class LC
LCVP class LC
LCM(3) class LC
LCP(L) class LC
LCP(R) class SC
LCL(L)(3) class FSC
LCS(S) class FSC
British ww2 Royal Navy

WW2 British Battleships
Queen Elisabeth class (1913)
Revenge class (1915)
Nelson class (1925)
King Georges V class (1939)
Lion class (Started)
HMS Vanguard (1944)
Renown class (1916)
HMS Hood (1920)

WW2 British Cruisers
British C class cruisers (1914-1922)
Hawkins class cruisers (1917)
British D class cruisers (1918)
Enterprise class cruisers (1919)
HMS Adventure (1924)
County class cruisers (1926)
York class cruisers (1929)
Surrey class cruisers (project)
Leander class cruisers (1931)
Arethusa class cruisers (1934)
Perth class cruisers (1934)
Town class cruisers (1936)
Dido class cruisers (1939)
Abdiel class cruisers (1939)
Fiji class cruisers (1941)
Bellona class cruisers (1942)
Swiftsure class cruisers (1943)
Tiger class cruisers (1944)

WW2 British Aircraft Carriers
Courageous class aircraft carriers (1928)
HMS Ark Royal (1937)
HMS Eagle (1918)
HMS Furious (1917)
HMS Hermes (1919)
Illustrious class (1939)
HMS Indomitable (1940)
Implacable class (1942)
Malta class (project)
HMS Unicorn (1941)
Colossus class (1943)
Majestic class (1944)
Centaur class (started 1944)

HMS Archer (1939)
HMS Argus (1917)
Avenger class (1940)
Attacker class (1941)
HMS Audacity (1941)
HMS Activity (1941)
HMS Pretoria Castle (1941)
Ameer class (1942)
Merchant Aircraft Carriers (1942)
Vindex class (1943)
WW2 British Destroyers
WW2 British submarines
WW2 British Amphibious Ships and Landing Crafts
WW2 British MTB/gunboats.
WW2 British Gunboats

WW2 British Sloops
WW2 British Frigates
WW2 British Corvettes
WW2 British Misc.
WW2 British Monitors
Roberts class monitors (1941)
Halcyon class minesweepers (1933)
Bangor class minesweepers (1940)
Bathurst class minesweepers (1940)
Algerine class minesweepers (1941)
Motor Minesweepers (1937)
ww2 British ASW trawlers
Basset class trawlers (1935)
Tree class trawlers (1939)
HMS Albatross seaplane carrier
WW2 British river gunboats

HMS Guardian netlayer
HMS Protector netlayer
HMS Plover coastal mines.
Medway class sub depot ships
HMS Resource fleet repair
HMS Woolwhich DD depot ship
HMS Tyne DD depot ship
Maidstone class sub depot ships
HmS Adamant sub depot ship

Athene class aircraft transport
British ww2 AMCs
British ww2 OBVs
British ww2 ABVs
British ww2 Convoy Escorts
British ww2 APVs
British ww2 SSVs
British ww2 SGAVs
British ww2 Auxiliary Mines.
British ww2 CAAAVs
British ww2 Paddle Mines.
British ww2 MDVs
British ww2 Auxiliary Minelayers
British ww2 armed yachts

✙ Axis ww2 Fleets

Japan ww2 Imperial Japanese Navy
WW2 Japanese Battleships
Kongō class Fast Battleships (1912)
Fuso class battleships (1915)
Ise class battleships (1917)
Nagato class Battleships (1919)
Yamato class Battleships (1941)
B41 class Battleships (project)

WW2 Japanese cruisers
Tenryū class cruisers (1918)
Kuma class cruisers (1919)
Nagara class (1921)
Sendai class Cruisers (1923)
IJN Yūbari (1923)
Furutaka class Cruisers (1925)
Aoba class heavy cruisers (1926)
Nachi class Cruisers (1927)
Takao class cruisers (1930)
Mogami class cruisers (1934)
Tone class cruisers (1937)
Katori class cruisers (1939)
Agano class cruisers (1941)
Oyodo (1943)

Seaplane & Aircraft Carriers
IJN Hōshō (1921)
IJN Akagi (1925)
IJN Kaga (1927)
IJN Ryujo (1931)
IJN Soryu (1935)
IJN Hiryu (1937)
Shokaku class (1940)
Zuiho class (1937)
Ruyho (1933)
Junyo class (1941)
IJN Taiho (1943)
Chitose class (comp. 1943)
IJN Shinano (1944)
Unryu class (1944)
IJN Ibuki (1942)

Taiyo class (1940)
IJN Kaiyo (1938)
IJN Shinyo (1934)

Notoro (1920)
Kamoi (1922)
Chitose class (1936)
Mizuho (1938)
Nisshin (1939)

IJN Aux. Seaplane tenders
Akistushima (1941)
Shimane Maru class (1944)
Yamashiro Maru class (1944)

Imperial Japanese Navy Aviation

WW2 Japanese Destroyers
Mutsuki class (1925)
Fubuki class (1927)
Akatsuki class (1932)
Hatsuharu class (1932)
Shiratsuyu class (1935)
Asashio class (1936)
Kagero class (1938)
Yugumo class (1941)
Akitsuki class (1941)
IJN Shimakaze (1942)

WW2 Japanese Submarines
KD1 class (1921)
Koryu class
Kaiten class
Kairyu class
IJN Midget subs

WW2 Japanese Amphibious ships/Crafts
Shinshu Maru class (1935)
Akistu Maru class (1941)
Kumano Maru class (1944)
SS class LS (1942)
T1 class LS (1944)
T101 class LS (1944)
T103 class LS (1944)
Shohatsu class LC (1941)
Chuhatsu class LC (1942)
Moku Daihatsu class (1942)
Toku Daihatsu class (1944)

WW2 Japanese minelayers
IJN Armed Merchant Cruisers
WW2 Japanese Escorts
Tomozuru class (1933)
Otori class (1935)
Matsu class (1944)
Tachibana class (1944)
Ioshima class (1944)
WW2 Japanese Sub-chasers
WW2 Japanese MLs
Shinyo class SB

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Boeing model 2/3/5 (1916)
Aeromarine 39 (1917)
Curtiss VE-7 (1918)
Aeromarine 40 (1919)
Douglas DT (1921)
Naval Aircraft Factory PT (1922)
Loening OL (1923)
Huff-Daland TW-5 (1923)
Martin MO (1924)
Consolidated NY (1926)
Vought FU (1927)
Vought O2U/O3U Corsair (1928)
Berliner-Joyce OJ (1931)
Curtiss SOC seagull (1934)
Grumman FF (1931)
Grumman F2F (1933)
Grumman F3F (1935)
Northrop BT-1 (1935)
Vultee V-11 (1935)
Grumman J2F Duck (1936)
Curtiss SBC Helldiver (1936)
Vought SB2U Vindicator (1936)
Brewster F2A Buffalo (1937)
Douglas TBD Devastator (1937)
Vought Kingfisher (1938)
Curtiss SO3C Seamew (1939)
Cessna AT-17 Bobcat (1939)
Douglas SBD Dauntless (1939)
Grumman F4F Wildcat (1940)
Northrop N-3PB Nomad (1941)
Brewster SB2A Buccaneer (1941)
Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger (1941)
Consolidated TBY Sea Wolf (1941)
Grumman F6F Hellcat (1942)
Vought F4U Corsair (1942)
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver (1942)
Curtiss SC Seahawk (1944)
Douglas BTD Destroyer (1944)
Grumman F7F Tigercat (1943)
Grumman F8F Bearcat (1944)
Ryan FR-1 Fireball (1944)
Douglas XTB2D-1 Skypirate (1945)

Curtiss H (1917)
Curtiss F5L (1918)
Curtiss NC (1919)
Curtiss NC4 (1918)
Naval Aircraft Factory PN (1925)
Douglas T2D (1927)
Consolidated P2Y (1929)
Hall PH (1929)
Douglas PD (1929)
Douglas Dolphin (1931)
General Aviation PJ (1933)
Consolidated PBY Catalina (1935)
Fleetwings Sea Bird (1936)
Sikorsky VS-44 (1937)
Grumman G-21 Goose (1937)
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado (1937)
Beechcraft M18 (1937)
Sikorsky JRS (1938)
Boeing 314 Clipper (1938)
Martin PBM Mariner (1939)
Grumman G-44 Wigeon (1940)
Martin Mars (1943)
Goodyear GA-2 Duck (1944)
Edo Ose (1945)
Hugues Hercules (1947)
Fleet Air Arm
Carrier planes
Fairey Flycatcher (1922)
Blackburn Backburn (1923)
Blackburn Dart (1924)
Fairey IIIF (1927)
Fairey Seal (1930)
Blackburn Shark (1931)
Blackburn Baffin (1934)
Vickers Vildebeest (1933)
Blackburn Ripon (1934)
Fairey Swordfish (1934)
Gloster Gladiator (1938)
Fairey Albacore (1940)
Fairey Fulmar (1940)
Grumman Martlet (1941)
Hawker sea Hurricane (1941)
Brewster Bermuda (1942)
Fairey Barracuda (1943)
Grumman Tarpon (1943)
Grumman Gannet (1943)
Supermarine seafire (1943)
Fairey Firefly (1943)
Blackburn Firebrand (1944)
Hawker Sea Fury (1944)
Supermarine Seafang (1945)
De Havilland Sea Mosquito (1945)
De Havilland Sea Hornet (1946)

Supermarine Channel (1919)
Vickers Viking (1919)
Saunders Kittiwake (1920) Supermarine Sea King (1920)
Fairey Pintail (1920)
Short N.3 Cromarty (1921)
Supermarine Seal II (1921)
Vickers Vanellus (1922)
Supermarine Seagull (1922)
Fairey N.4 (1923)
Supermarine Sea Eagle (1923)
Vickers Vulture (1924)
Short S.1 Stellite/Cockle (1924)
Supermarine Scarab (1924)
Fairey Fremantle (1924)
English Electric Ayr (1924)
English Electric Kingston (1924)
Hawker Dantorp (1925)
Blackburn Velos (1925)
Supermarine Southampton (1925)
Blackburn Iris (1926)
Saunders A.3 Valkyrie (1927)
Blackburn Nautilus (1929)
Saro A.17 Cutty Sark (1929)
Hawker Osprey (1930)
Saro A.7 Severn (1930)
Saro A.19 Cloud (1930)
Saro Windhover (1930)
Short Rangoon (1930)
Short Valetta (1930)
Fairey Seal (1930)
Short S.15 (1931)
Blackburn Sydney (1931)
Short Sarafand (1932)
Short Knuckleduster (1933)
Saro London (1934)
Short Seaford (1934)
Short S.19 Singapore III (1934)
Fairey S.9/30 (1934)
de Havilland Hornet Moth (1934)
Blackburn Perth (1934)
Supermarine Scapa (1935)
Supermarine Stranraer (1936)
Supermarine Walrus (1936)
Fairey Seafox (1936)
Supermarine Seagull ASR-1 (1936)
Airspeed AS.30 Queen Wasp (1937)
Short Sunderland (1937)
Supermarine Sea Otter (1938)
Short S.30/33 Empire (1938)
Short S.20 Mercury (1938)
Short S.21 Maia (1938)
Saro A.33 (1938)
Blackburn B-20 (1940)
Saro Lerwick (1940)
Supermarine Spitfire Seaplane (1942)
Short Shetland (1944)

⚔ WW2 Naval Battles

The Cold War

Royal Navy Royal Navy
British Aicraft Carriers
Centaur class (1947)
HMS Victorious (1950)
HMS Eagle (1946)
HMS Ark Royal (1950)
HMS Hermes (1953)
CVA-01 class (1966 project)
Invincible class (1977)

British Cold War Cruisers
Tiger class (1945)

Daring class (1949)
1953 design (project)
Cavendish class (1944)
Weapon class (1945)
Battle class (1945)
FADEP program (1946)
County class GMD (1959)
Bristol class GMD (1969)
Sheffield class GMD (1971)
Manchester class GMD (1980)
Type 43 GMD (1974)

British cold-war Frigates
Rapid class (1942)
Tenacious class (1941)
Whitby class (1954)
Blackwood class (1953)
Leopard class (1954)
Salisbury class (1953)
Tribal class (1959)
Rothesay class (1957)
Leander class (1961)
BB Leander class (1967)
HMS Mermaid (1966)
Amazon class (1971)
Broadsword class (1976)
Boxer class (1981)
Cornwall class (1985)
Duke class (1987)

British cold war Submarines
T (conv.) class (1944)
T (Stream) class (1945)
A (Mod.) class (1944)
Explorer class (1954)
Strickleback class (1954)
Porpoise class (1956)
Oberon class (1959)
HMS Dreanought SSN (1960)
Valiant class SSN (1963)
Resolution class SSBN (1966)
Swiftsure class SSN (1971)
Trafalgar class SSN (1981)
Upholder class (1986)
Vanguard class SSBN (started)

Assault ships
Fearless class (1963)
HMS Ocean (started)
Sir Lancelot LLS (1963)
Sir Galahad (1986)
Ardennes/Avon class (1976)
Brit. LCVPs (1963)
Brit. LCM(9) (1980)

Ton class (1952)
Ham class (1947)
Ley class (1952)
HMS Abdiel (1967)
HMS Wilton (1972)
Hunt class (1978)
Venturer class (1979)
River class (1983)
Sandown class (1988)

Misc. ships
HMS Argus ATS (1988)
Ford class SDF (1951)
Cormorant class (1985)
Kingfisger class (1974)
HMS Jura OPV (1975)
Island class OPVs (1976)
HMS Speedy PHDF (1979)
Castle class OPVs (1980)
Peacock class OPVs (1982)
MBT 538 class (1948)
Gay class FACs (1952)
Dark class FACs (1954)
Bold class FACs (1955)
Brave class FACs (1957)
Tenacity class PCs (1967)
Brave class FPCs (1969)
Sovietskaya Flota Sovietskiy flot
Cold War Soviet Cruisers (1947-90)
Chapayev class (1945)
Kynda class (1961)
Kresta I class (1964)
Kresta II class (1968)
Kara class (1969)
Kirov class (1977)
Slava class (1979)

Moksva class (1965)
Kiev class (1975)
Kusnetsov class aircraft carriers (1988)

Cold War Soviet Destroyers
Skoryi class destroyers (1948)
Neustrashimyy (1951)
Kotlin class (1953)
Krupny class (1959)
Kashin class (1963)
Sovremenny class (1978)
Udaloy class (1980)
Project Anchar DDN (1988)

Soviet Frigates
Kola class (1951)
Riga class (1954)
Petya class (1960)
Mirka class (1964)
Grisha class (1968)
Krivak class (1970)
Koni class (1976)
Neustrashimyy class (1988)

Soviet Missile Corvettes
Poti class (1962)
Nanuchka class (1968)
Pauk class (1978)
Tarantul class (1981)
Dergach class (1987)
Svetlyak class (1989)

Cold War Soviet Submarines
Whiskey SSK (1948)
Zulu SSK (1950)
Quebec SSK (1950)
Romeo SSK (1957)
Foxtrot SSK (1963)
Tango class (1972)
November SSN (1957)
Golf SSB (1958)
Hotel SSBN (1959)
Echo I SSGN (1959)
Echo II SSGN (1961)
Juliett SSG (1962)
Yankee SSBN (1966)
Victor SSN I (1965)
Alfa SSN (1967)
Charlie SSGN (1968)
Papa SSGN (1968)
Delta I SSBN (1972)
Delta II SSBN (1975)
Delta III SSBN (1976)
Delta IV SSBN (1980)
Typhoon SSBN (1980)
Victor II SSN (1971)
Victor III SSN (1977)
Oscar SSGN (1980)
Sierra SSN (1982)
Mike SSN (1983)
Akula SSN (1984)
Kilo SSK (1986)

Soviet Naval Air Force
Kamov Ka-10 Hat
Kamov Ka-15 Hen
Kamov Ka-18 Hog
Kamov Ka-25 Hormone
Kamov Ka-27 Helix
Mil Mi-8 Hip
Mil Mi-14 H?
Mil Mi-4 Hound

Yakovlev Yak-38
Sukhoi Su-17
Sukhoi Su-24

Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle
Myasishchev M-4 Bison
Tupolev Tu-14 Bosun
Tupolev Tu-142
Ilyushin Il-38
Tupolev Tu-16
Antonov An-12
Tupolev Tu-22
Tupolev Tu-95
Tupolev Tu-22M
Tupolev Tu-16
Tupolev Tu-22

Beriev Be-6 Madge
Beriev Be-10 Mallow
Beriev Be-12
Lun class Ekranoplanes
A90 Orlan Ekranoplanes

Soviet MTBs/PBs/FACs
P2 class FACs
P4 class FACs
P6 class FACs
P8 class FACs
P10 class FACs
Komar class FACs (1960)
Project 184 FACs
OSA class FACs
Shershen class FACs
Mol class FACs
Turya class HFL
Matka class HFL
Pchela class FACs
Sarancha class HFL
Babochka class HFL
Mukha class HFL
Muravey class HFL

MO-V sub-chasers
MO-VI sub-chasers
Stenka class sub-chasers
kronstadt class PBs
SO-I class PBs
Poluchat class PBs
Zhuk clas PBs
MO-105 sub-chasers

Project 191 River Gunboats
Shmel class river GB
Yaz class river GB
Piyavka class river GB
Vosh class river GB
Saygak class river GB

Soviet Minesweepers
T43 class
T58 class
Yurka class
Gorya class
T301 class
Project 255 class
Sasha class
Vanya class
Zhenya class
Almaz class
Sonya class
TR40 class
K8 class
Yevgenya class
Olya class
Lida class
Andryusha class
Ilyusha class
Alesha class
Rybak class
Baltika class
SChS-150 class
Project 696 class

Soviet Amphibious ships
MP 2 class
MP 4 class
MP 6 class
MP 8 class
MP 10 class
Polocny class
Ropucha class
Alligator class
Ivan Rogov class
Aist class HVC
Pomornik class HVC
Gus class HVC
T-4 class LC
Ondatra class LC
Lebed class HVC
Tsaplya class HVC
Utenov class
US Navy USN (1990)
Aircraft carriers
United States class (1950)
Essex SBC-27 (1950s)
Midway class (mod)
Forrestal class (1954)
Kitty Hawk class (1960)
USS Enterprise (1960)
Nimitz Class (1972)

Salem Class (1947)
Worcester Class (1948)
USS Norfolk (1953)
Boston Class (1955)
Galveston Class (1958)
Albany Class (1962)
USS Long Beach (1960)
Leahy Class (1961)
USS Bainbridge (1961)
Belknap Class (1963)
USS Truxtun (1964)
California Class (1971)
Virginia Class (1974)
CSGN Class (1976)
Ticonderoga Class (1981)

Mitscher class (1952)
Fletcher DDE class (1950s)
Gearing DDE class (1950s)
F. Sherman class (1956)
Farragut class (1958)
Charles s. Adams class (1958)
Gearing FRAM I class (1960s)
Sumner FRAM II class (1970s)
Spruance class (1975)

Dealey class (1953)
Claud Jones class (1958)
Bronstein class (1962)
Garcia class (1963)
Brooke class (1963)
Knox class (1966)
OH Perry class (1976)

Guppy class Submarines (1946-59)
Barracuda class SSK (1951)
Tang class SSK (1951)
USS Darter SSK (1956)
Mackerel class SSK (1953)
USS Albacore SSK (1953)
USS X1 Midget subs (1955)
Barbel class SSK (1958)

USS Nautilus SSN (1954)
USS Seawolf SSN (1955)
Skate class SSN (1957)
Skipjack class SSN (1958)
USS Tullibee SSN (1960)
Tresher/Permit class SSN (1960)
Sturgeon class SSN (1963)
Los Angeles class SSN (1974)
Seawolf class SSN (1989)

USS Grayback SSBN (1954)
USS Growler SSBN (1957)
USS Halibut SSBN (1959)
Gato SSG (1960s)
E. Allen class SSBN (1960)
G. Washington class SSBN (1969)
Lafayette class SSBN (1962)
Ohio class SSBN (1979)

Migraine class RP (1950s)
Sailfish class RP (1955)
USS Triton class RP (1958)

Amphibious/assault ships
Iwo Jima class HC (1960)
Tarawa class LHD (1973)
Wasp class LHD (1987)
Thomaston class LSD (1954)
Raleigh class LSD (1962)
Austin class LSD (1964)
Anchorage class LSD (1968)
Whibdey Island class LSD (1983)
Parish class LST (1952)
County class LST (1957)
Newport class LST (1968)
Tulare class APA (1953)
Charleston class APA (1967)
USS Carronade support ship (1953)

Mine warfare ships
Agile class (1952)
Ability (1956)
Avenger (1987)
USS Cardinal (1983)
Adjutant class (1953)
USS Cove (1958)
USS Bittern (1957)
Minesweeping boats/launches

Misc. ships
USS Northampton CS (1951)
Blue Ridge class CS (1969)
Wright class CS (1969)
PT812 class (1950)
Nasty class FAC (1962)
Osprey class FAC (1967)
Asheville class FACs (1966)
USN Hydrofoils (1962-81)
Vietnam Patrol Boats (1965-73)

Hamilton class (1965)
Reliance class (1963)
Bear class (1979)
cold war CG PBs

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