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HMS Rodney (pennant number 29) was one of two Nelson-class battleships built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1920s. She was named after Admiral Lord Rodney. The Nelsons were unique in British battleship construction, being the only ships to carry a main armament of 16 inch (406 mm) guns, and the only ones to carry all the main armament forward of the superstructure. Commissioned in 1927, Rodney served extensively in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean in World War II.

HMS Rodney (pennant number was one of two Nelson-class battleships built for the Royal Navy in the She was named after Admiral Lord Rodney. The Nelsons were unique in British battleship construction, being the only ships to carry a.

14 in battleship HMS Anson, sister of King George V (see nearby) at Plymouth, 1945.

King George V class battleship HMS Anson in best known for accepting the Japanese surrender at Hong Kong in though her significant Arctic service should not be overlooked. She was mothballed in 1949 and sold for scrap in

Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee in the English Channel, Apr 1939, photo 3 of 3; note Arado Ar 196 A-1 floatplane her catapult

[Photo] Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee in the English Channel, Apr 1939, photo 3 of 3; note Arado Ar 196 A-1 floatplane her catapult

KMS Graf Spee - the German pocket battleship puts to sea, Aft view.

HMS Nelson and her sister Rodney were the Royal Navy's only 16 in battleships: completed in the mid 20s after the Washington Treaty, they were cut down from a larger design, losing their fourth (stern) triple turret, and considerable engine power besides. Instantly recognisable, they were never fast, but always formidable.

HMS Nelson and her sister Rodney were the Royal Navy's only 16 in battleships: completed in the mid 20s after the Washington Treaty, they were cut down from a larger design, losing their fourth (stern) triple turret, and considerable engine power besides. Instantly recognisable, they were never fast, but always formidable.

British Battleship HMS Centurion. Centurion fought at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916 in Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Jerram’s 2nd Battle Squadron

British Battleship HMS Centurion: Centurion fought at the Battle of Jutland on May 1916 in Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Jerram’s battle squadron.

HMS Royal Oak leaving Valetta c 1937

HMS Royal Oak was one of five Revenge-class battleships built for the Royal Navy during the First World War. Launched in 1914 and completed in Royal Oak first saw combat at the Battle of Jutland.

HMS Prince of Wales - Corazzata classe King George V - Entrata in servizioil 19 gennaio 1941 (completata il 31 marzo) - Dislocamento	(alla costruzione) 43.786 Lunghezza	fuori tutto: 227,1 m Larghezza	34,3 m Pescaggio	8.8 m Propulsione	8 caldaie 4 turbine Parsons 4 assi elica 134.000 Shp Autonomia	3,100 n.mi. a 27 nodi Equipaggio	1.521 Equipaggiamento Sensori di bordo	Radar Tip - Affondata il 10 dicembre 1941 da un attacco aereo giapponese

HMS Prince of Wales - Corazzata classe King George V - Entrata in servizioil

HMS Barham, seen in the 1930's

HMS Barham - Royal Navy Battleship - World War Two. This British battleship had the misfortune of suffering a primary magazine explosion (after German torpedoes hit her).

In this Imperial War Museum photographscrew moving 16" shells across the deck of HMS Nelson in July 1941, two months after she fatally mauled the German battleship Bismarck. The scale of her main battery is quite staggering.

One of the less ‘fuzzy’ Imperial War Museum photographs: crew moving shells across the deck of HMS Nelson in July two months after she fatally mauled the German battleship Bismarck. The scale of her main battery is quite staggering.

HMS Warspite (03) - Wikipedia

British battleship HMS Warspite of the Eastern Fleet and Flagship of Admiral Sir James Sommerville, underway in the Indian Ocean.

HMS Vanguard (23) British fast battleship built during World War II and commissioned after the war. She was the only ship of her class, biggest and fastest of the British Royal Navy's battleships and the last battleship to be launched in the world.

HMS Vanguard British fast battleship built during World War II and commissioned after the war. She was the only ship of her class, biggest and fastest of the British Royal Navy's battleships and the last battleship to be launched in the world.

HMS Vanguard, the Royal Navy's last battleship (in fact the last completed anywhere). Laid down as a 'one off' on the outbreak of WW2 to make use of stored 15 in guns, competing resource priorities meant she was not completed until 1946. She remained in commission until 1960.

HMS Vanguard - Vanguard class Battleship - we passed her in 1947 as we went out to Capetown. She was bringing back the Royal Family who had been on an official visit.