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The King George V-class battleships were the most modern British fast battleships used during World War II. Five ships of this class were commissioned: HMS King George V (1940), HMS Prince of Wales (1940), HMS Duke of York (1941), HMS Howe (1941) and HMS Anson (1941). They were replaced in the 1960s by the larger Lion-class. Today, all five ships are open to the public as floating museums in various locations around the United Kingdom.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Battleship
  • Service Period: 1940-1960s
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 745 feet 1 inch (227.1 meters)
    • Beam: 103 feet 2.5 inches (31.46 meters)
    • Draft: 33 feet 7.5 inches (10.25 meters)
    • Displacement: 36,330 tons (Standard); 41,945 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 1,473
  • Propulsion: 8 x Admiralty superheated high pressure boilers, 4 x Parsons geared turbines, 4 x shafts, 151,200 shp (113,400 kW)
  • Range: 15,000 nautical miles (27,780 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 273 RDF (deleted in 1944)
    • Type 281 RDF (replaced by Type 281B)
    • Type 282 RDF (replaced by Type 252 and 2 x Type 262 RDFs)
    • Type 284 RDF (replaced by 2 x Type 274)
    • Type 285 RDF (replaced by Type 275)
    • Type 277 RDF
    • Type 293 RDF
    • RH2 VHF/DF
    • Type 651 Jammer
    • HA/LA Mk.V directors (replaced by HA/LA Mk.VI)
    • TRADIS
  • Armament:
    • 9 x BL 15"/45-caliber Mk.II naval guns (3x3)
    • 24 x QF 4"/45-caliber Mk.XVI naval guns (12x2)
    • 48 x QF 40mm/64-caliber Mk.VIII AA guns (6x8)
    • 18 x Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft guns
  • Armour:
    • Belt: 5.4–14.7 inches (137–373 mm)
    • Deck: 5.88 inches (149 mm)
    • Turrets: 12.75 inches (324 mm)
    • Barbettes: 12.75 inches (324 mm)
    • Bulkheads: 12 inches (305mm)
    • Conning Tower: 4 inches (102mm)

Unit RunEdit

  • HMS King George V (41) - commissioned April 1st, 1940
  • HMS Prince of Wales (53) - commissioned April 19th, 1940 - originally named HMS King Edward VIII
  • HMS Duke of York (17) - commissioned August 19th, 1940 - originally named HMS Anson
  • HMS Anson (79) - commissioned October 14th, 1940 - originally named HMS Jellicoe
  • HMS Howe (32) - commissioned December 12th, 1940 - originally named HMS Beatty

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