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#1 Rygar

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Posted 16 October 2003 - 01:10 PM

American class Iowa battleship
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At 45000 tons standard displacement, the six ships of the Iowa class were the U.S. Navy's first new World War II era battleships whose design was not encumbered by treaty limits. They were a new type for the Navy, the "fast battleship", intended to protect aircraft carriers against the threat of similar Japanese "big-gun" ships, as well as to form a "fast wing" for the traditional battle line. Though the even-larger Montana class were designed and ordered, four of the Iowas were the last battleships ever completed for U.S. Navy service. They were also arguably the Navy's most successful battleship design and certainly had the longest service lives. Built under Fiscal Year 1940 (BB 61 & 62) and 1941 (BB 63-66) appropriations, the Iowa class were much longer, more powerfully engined and considerably faster than the preceding North Carolina and South Dakota classes. The first two ships, Iowa (BB-61) and New Jersey (BB-62), were completed in the first part of 1943, and served through the rest of the Pacific war in the roles that had become normal for battleships by then: screening fast carrier task forces against air and surface threats, occasional shore bombardment, standing ready to haul into line of battle if the Japanese battle fleet should present itself, and providing flagships for tactical commanders. The second pair, Missouri (BB-63) and Wisconsin (BB-64), whose construction was somewhat delayed by other wartime priorities, came out to the Pacific during the war's last year. The conflict formally ended on Missouri's broad decks.

Displacement (max): 59331 tons
Dimensions: 266.19 x 32.46 x 11.37 (lenght x beam x draft) mt
Propulsion: 8x Babcock & Wilcox 3x drum express "M" type boilers, 4x sets General Electric geared turbines, 254000 shp
Speed (max): 33 knots
Main Armament: 9x 406.mm/50 Mk7 cannons in 3 triple turrets
Secondary Armament: 20x 127mm/38 cannons in 10 twin turrets, 3x Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes
AA: 80x 40mm/56 cal Bofors in 15-20 quad gun mounts, 60x 20mm/70 cal Oerlikons in single mounts
Armour: 125 mm (deck), 309.88 mm (side), 431.8 mm (turrets), 444.5 mm (control tower)
Crew: 2978

British Hood "Admiral" class battlecruiser
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Originally to be a class of four, huge and powerful battlecruisers meant to counter the never completed German Mackensen class battlecruisers. Only one (The Hood) was completed and to a somewhat modified design compared to what was originally envisioned. She was one of the most handsome ships ever made, her long clean lines and her stance at speed were unparalleled by any other ship. However, she was built with a highly stressed hull and with only moderate deck protection. On 24 May 1941, in possibly the most famous Naval Battle of World War II, the British ships HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales engaged the German ships KM Bismarck and KM Prinz Eugen at the Denmark Straits between Iceland and Greenland.

Displacement (max): 48360 tons
Dimensions: 262.3 x 31.7 x 10.2 (lenght x beam x draft) mt
Propulsion: 24x Yarrow 3 drum small tube boilers, 4 Brown-Curtis single reduction geared steam turbines, 4x shafts, 151280 shp
Speed (max): 32.07 knots
Main Armament: 8x 381mm/42 cal Mk.1 cannons in 4 double turrets
Secondary Armament: 12x 140mm/50 cal BL Mk.1, 4x 533mm torpedo tubes
AA: 8x 102mm/45 cal QF HA MkXVI (4x2), 24x 40.5mm/40 cal Mk VIII (3x8), 16x 12.7mm/62 cal MG (4x4), 5x U.P. (unrotated projectiles, 20 tubes each)
Armour: 75 mm (deck), 305 mm (side), 381 mm (turrets), 280 mm (control tower)
Crew: 1421

Russian Kirov class cruiser
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Construction of Kirov is undoubtedly an important milestone in Russian naval engineering. The first Soviet-built large military ship, it embodied the latest achievements of science and technology, matching or exceeding its foreign counterparts in all parameters. Its main advantages were very powerful artillery, high automation of fire control, powerful propulsion plant and hence, good speed. The ship was equipped with very reliable survivability systems, including water, foam and carbon dioxide fire suppression systems in backup to each other. Accommodations were also quite advanced: seamen's club, library, saunas, sick bay with X-ray and dental facilities - in the 30-s, other ships' crews could only dream of this. At the same time, Kirov had certain weak spots. The ship had virtually no anti-torpedo means; the air defense guns were poorly placed. The unique power of the guns (the 37 km range with 97.5 kg shells) was achieved at a high cost - the wear of the barrel was too quick. Three guns in a cradle were too vulnerable: one hit to a turret would destroy three guns at once. The keel of Kirov, the lead ship of Project No. 26, was laid at Baltiysky Zavod on October 22, 1935, and the hull was launched one year later on November 30. On September 26, 1938, Kirov raised a flag. Between 1938 and 1944, 6 cruisers were built for the Soviet Navy under projects no. 26 and 26-bis: Kirov, Voroshilov, Maxim Gorky, Molotov, Kalinin and Kaganovich. From the very beginning of WWII, Kirov went into battle, defending the Riga Bay and Tallinn, attacking enemy's positions, repulsing air attacks. In August 1941, Kirov was the flagship of the Tallinn operation (breaking through to Kronstadt), then heroically defended Leningrad. In June 1944, Kirov's big guns provided fire support for Soviet Army's advance toward Vyborg. On January 27, 1943, the cruiser was the first surface ship of the Baltic Fleet to be awarded the Order of Red Banner. After WWII, Kirov was re-equipped, and in the 60-s became a training ship. The veteran cruiser sailed the Baltic with cadets onboard, regularly visiting Poland and German Democratic Republic. After Kirov's decommissioning, the two bow turrets were installed in Leningrad as a monument to the defender ship.

Displacement (max): 9436 tons
Dimensions: 191 x 17.66 x 6.1 (lenght x beam x draft) mt
Propulsion: 113000 shp
Speed (max): 35.9 knots
Main Armament: 9x 180mm cannons in 3 mounts
Secondary Armament: 6x 100 mm guns, 2x 533mm triple torpedo tubes, 2x KOR-1 seaplanes, 100 mines
AA:10x 37 mm guns, 4x 12.7 mm MG
Armour: 50 mm (deck) 50 mm (side), 150 mm (turrets), 150 mm (control tower)
Crew: 724

German class Bismarck battleship
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The Bismarck is possibly the most famous warship ever built. This fame is the result of having one of the shortest and most active lives in the history of battleships. In contrast, her sister-ship Tirpitz had one of the most inactive careers of any battleship due to Hitler's concern for her safety. Each was superbly equipped and carried the highly effective armament of eight 380mm guns. Not only did they pose a very real danger to the ships of the Royal Navy, but they were also a serious threat to Britainâs transatlantic trade.

Displacement (max): 50995 tons
Dimensions: 247 x 36 x 10.8 (lenght x beam x draft) mt
Propulsion: 12x Wagner high-pressure boilers (55 Kg/cm²) in 6 compartments, 3x Brown-Boveri geared turbines, 3x shafts, 175000 shp
Speed (max): 30.1 knots
Main Armament: 8x 380mm/52 cannons cal SKC/34 Krupp-Made in 4 Dreh LC/34 twin turrets
Secondary Armament: 12x 150mm/55 cal SKC/28 in 6x Dreh LC/34 twin turrets, 16x 105mm/65 cal SKC/33 in 8x Dopp LC/37 twin turrets, 4x Arado AR 196 aircrafts, 2x 533mm quad tubes installed on Tirpitz 1942
AA: 16x 37mm/83 cal SK C/30 in 8 Dopp LC/30 twin turrets, 16x quad 20mm L 38 Vierlige, 16x single 20mm
Armour: 120 mm (deck), 320 mm (side), 203 mm (turrets), 360 mm (control tower)
Crew: 2650

Italian Littorio (renamed Italia) class battleship
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Built as a direct reply to the French Dunkerque fast battleships. These ships outclassed them by miles. A notable feature was the raised height of the aft main turret, which was designed to avoid blast damage to the two aircraft carried on the poop deck. By far the best Italian battleships ever built and first after WWI. these ships were heavily armed, they lacked radar and good armor protection. Littorio class battleships had radar installed by 1942 and it was called the Gufo system. "Gufo" meaning owl in Italian. While the protection of the Cavour class battleships was the original dating back to 1914-15, the new units had a more modern armor similar to the one adopted by other navies such as in the British battlecruiser H.M.S. Hood, the battleships H.M.S. Nelson and H.M.S. Rodney, the German Graf Spee, the French Richelieu, or the Japanese Yamato. The armour was not built by vertical plates, like the Cavour, but by two layers of plates placed an at angle protruding on the high part and caving on the lower one. The external plate was 350mm thick and at about 600mm a second armor of about 36mm served as a shield against shrapnel. The horizontal armor was designed against the new aerial bombs and was organized over three bridges. Underwater defenses were particularly taken care of, on both the Cavour and Littorio class with the adoption of an "absorbent structure" invented by General Umberto Pugliese. This structure was made of a large cylinder of low resistance contained in a stronger structure filled with liquid and completely surrounding the inner cylinder. The explosion of a torpedo was to cause the external bulkhead to give way and the pressure generated by the explosion would be transferred by the liquid and absorbed by the internal cylinder thus preventing damage to the internal bulkhead. Only one Battleship was lost in the war, the Roma, which was sunk by a German guided missile called the 1400 FX on September 8, 1943 after the Italian surrender to the Allies. The missile was launched by a bomber and controlled by a bombadier. It struck an ammunitions magazine which exploded. The ship sank in just under 21 minutes taking the Italian Naval Commander in Chief down with her.
Displacement (max): 46215 tons
Dimensions: 240.7 x 32.9 x 10.5 (lenght x beam x draft) mt
Propulsion: 8x Yarrow high pressure water-tubed boilers, 4 x Belluzzo geared steam turbines, 4x shafts, 14000 shp
Speed (max): 31.4 knots
Main Armament: 9x Ansaldo/OTO 381mm/50 cal cannons Model 1934 in 3 triple turrets
Secondary Armament: 12x Ansaldo 152mm/55 cal Model 1936 in 4 triple mounts, 2x Reggiane Re2000 aircrafts
AA: 12x OTO 89mm/50 cal Model 1939 in 12 single mounts,20x Breda 37mm/54 cal in 10 twin Model 1938 mounts, 28x Breda 20mm/65 cal in twin mounts, numerous 13.2mm /75.7 cal AA added
Armour: 162.6 mm (deck), 350.5 mm (side), 350.5 mm (turrets), 259 mm (control tower)
Crew: 1960

Japanese Yamato class battleship
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Yamato, lead ship of a class of two 65.000-ton (over 72.800-tons at full load) battleships, was built at Kure, Japan. She and her sister, Musashi were by far the largest battleships ever built, even exceeding in size and gun caliber (though not in weight of broadside) the U.S. Navy's abortive Montana class. Their nine 460mm (18.1-inch) main battery guns, which fired 1460kg (3200 pound) armor piercing shells, were the largest battleship guns ever to go to sea, and the two ships' scale of armor protection was also unsurpassed. Commissioned in December 1941, just over a week after the start of the Pacific war, Yamato served as flagship of Combined Fleet commander Isoroku Yamamoto during the critical battles of 1942. During the following year, she spent most of her time at Truk, as part of a mobile naval force defending Japan's Centeral Pacific bases. Torpedoed by USS Skate (SS-305) in December 1943, Yamato was under repair until April 1944, during which time her anti-aircraft battery was considerably increased. She then took part in the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June and the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October. During the latter action, she was attacked several times by U.S. Navy aircraft, and fired her big guns in an engagement with U.S. escort carriers and destroyers off the island of Samar. Yamato received comparatively light damage during the Leyte Gulf battle, and was sent home in November 1944. Fitted with additional anti-aircraft machine guns, she was based in Japan during the winter of 1944-45. Attacked by U.S. Navy carrier planes in March 1945, during raids on the Japanese home islands, she was again only lightly damaged. The following month, she was assigned to take part in the suicidal "Ten-Go" Operation, a combined air and sea effort to destroy American naval forces supporting the invasion of Okinawa. On 7 April 1945, while still some 200 miles north of Okinawa, Yamato was attacked by a massive force of U.S. carrier planes and sunk. Musashi, "sister" of the 65.000-ton battleship Yamato, was built at Nagasaki, Japan. Commissioned in August 1942, she was stationed at Truk from January 1943 into 1944 as part of a heavy force covering the Central Pacific against the threat of an American offensive. When the latter materialized, with the invasion of the Marshalls and raids by aircraft carrier planes against Japanese positions further west, Musashi's base was moved to the Palaus. She was torpedoed by the submarine USS Tunny (SS-282) on 29 March 1944, necessitating repairs in Japan, during which her anti-aircraft firepower was enhanced. In June 1944, with the torpedo damage repaired, Musashi took part in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Her next, and last, major operation was the Battle of Leyte Gulf, in which the Japanese surface navy made a final major effort to repulse the U.S. drive into the Western Pacific. On 24 October 1944, while en route to the prospective battle area off the Leyte landing beaches, Musashi and her consorts were attacked by hundreds of U.S. Navy carrier aircraft. In this Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, she was hit by some nineteen torpedoes and seventeen bombs. Though her heavy protection withstood this massive damage to a degree probably unsurpassed by any other contemporary warship, Musashi capsized and sank about four hours after she received her last hit.

Displacement (max): 72809 tons
Dimensions: 263.2 x 38.9 x 10.9 (lenght x beam x draft) mt
Propulsion: 12x Kanpon boilers, 4x Kanpon geared steam turbines, 4x shafts, 153533 shp
Speed (max): 27.46 knots
Main Armament: 9x 460mm/45 cal cannons Model 1934 in 3 triple turrets
Secondary Armament: 12 x 155mm/60 cal cannons Model 1914 in 4 triple turrets, 24 x 127mm/40 cannons cal Model 1928 in 12 twin turrets 2x Aichi E13A1 aircrafts, 2x Mitsubushi F1M2 aircrafts
AA: 146x 25mm/60 cal cannons
Armour: 200 mm (deck), 410 mm (side), 650 mm (turrets), 495.3 mm (control tower)
Crew: over 2500

Edited by Rygar, 25 March 2005 - 05:30 PM.

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Posted 16 October 2003 - 02:21 PM

omfg nice ! :)
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Posted 16 October 2003 - 02:27 PM

The ships that every one wants to get there hands on... :)


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Posted 17 October 2003 - 01:22 PM

Added my favourite vessels, the mighty Littorio and Yamato classes. Enjoy!!!!!!
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Posted 17 October 2003 - 05:11 PM

italy is a Red X...

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Posted 17 October 2003 - 05:26 PM

what you mean?
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Posted 18 October 2003 - 12:48 AM

Probably that the link for the picture was temporary unavailable.....

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Posted 18 October 2003 - 09:28 AM

Odd, I've personally added the link in the guild database because it was a pic in my collection and I'm not sure if I can find it on the net :o
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Posted 23 November 2003 - 04:03 PM

I m sure this was brought up before , but seeing that the hood is a cruiser , isn't the uk going to get a heavier ship aswell ?

(I'm just picky because I like battleships :?: )
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Posted 23 November 2003 - 05:00 PM

Battlecruiser... and just look at the guns first.

It is still well armed and armored, but a bit less armored than a Battleship. :|

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 07:47 PM

ok ok BATTLEcruiser :?:

I guess that since they are getting the lion battleship thats ok ...
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Posted 01 April 2004 - 04:34 PM

Re added new pics since the main site has deleted them all :shock:
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Posted 02 April 2004 - 12:20 AM

i cant wait to see the yamato




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