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Neptune Class (1911) BB

HMS Neptune was completed as a class of one, resulting from a requirement to increase the number of guns which could be brought to bear on the broadside. 

In HMS Dreadnought (1906)  the two midships turrets could only be fired on their respective sides. In Neptune the midships turrets were staggered and breaks made in the superstructure so that these turrets could be fired across the ships.

The two after turrets were superimposed to lessen the increase in overall length. The first time this arrangement was used in a British battleship.

Other firsts, were the use of cruising turbines to reduce fuel consumption when steaming at moderate speed, fitting of director control of the main guns, when this was introduced in 1912. 

 

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This page last edited - 28 January, 2013.

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