King George V Class (1940) BB
class of battleships was built following termination of the
Washington Treaty, and to match the building programmes of Germany, Italy
The design reverted to 14in guns, but they were mounted in unique
quadruple turrets forward and aft, with a twin B turret.
Anti-aircraft close range armament varied from ship to ship, with the later ships having more incorporated at build, but with numbers increased in all ships as the war progressed.
They were also a return to a more conventional layout after the unusual one adopted for the Nelson Class (1927).
Armoured protection was comprehensive, with very thick deck armour protecting the vital areas, particularly magazines. The torpedo bulges of earlier classes were done away with. Wing tanks below the waterline were designed to absorb the impact and explosion of a torpedo hit.
During their short lives the main modifications carried out was the initial fitting and later improvement of radar. Plus a steady increase in the amount and mix of close range anti-aircraft guns.
By the end of the
WW2 each ship had a different mix of anti-aircraft armament but the
typical fit was about :
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21 January, 2013.
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