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Viribus Unitis in 1912854 viewsSMS Viribus Unitis was an Austro-Hungarian dreadnought battleship of the Viribus Unitis class.

Viribus Unitis was built at Stabilmento Tecnico Tristino yard, Trieste.

After Austria-Hungary was defeated in World War I, and it became apparent that the coastal areas will be controlled by the newly-formed State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs, the Austrian government decided to give the ship, along with much of the fleet, to the Croatians.

Viribus Unitis and the rest of the former Austrian fleet was soon targetted by the Italians. She was sunk at anchor at Pola on 1 November 1918 by a mignatta carried by an Italian human torpedo.
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1912 HMS Iron Duke957 viewsHMS Iron Duke was a battleship of the Royal Navy, the lead ship of her class, named in honour of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. She served as the flagship of the Grand Fleet during World War I. She was the flagship of the Grand Fleet at the battle of Jutland. For the majority of the Great War she was based with the rest of the Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow.

Iron Duke was launched on 12 October 1912 at Portsmouth, England, the first of her class. After commissioning, she joined the Home Fleet as the flagship of Admiral Sir George Callaghan. Shortly before the beginning of hostilities, Callaghan was relieved by Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, who made Iron Duke the flagship of the newly organized Grand Fleet. Her only major combat service during World War I came in the battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916, where she served in the 2nd Battle Squadron. She later became the flagship of Admiral Sir David Beatty when he assumed command of the Grand Fleet in late 1916.

After the war, she was transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet, where she again served as flagship, this time for Admiral Sir John de Robeck. She served with the Mediterranean and Atlantic Fleets until she was paid off in 1929. In the remainder of the inter-war years she served as a training vessel. During World War II she was used as a base ship at Scapa Flow, where she was forced to beach during an air attack in 1939. She was refloated and saw continued service until the conclusion of hostilities. She was sold in 1946 as scrap, and broken up in Glasgow in 1948.
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HMS Invincible 1907932 viewsThe fifth Invincible was a battlecruiser, the lead ship of her class of three, and the first ship of her type to be built in the world.

The ship was built at Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., Ltd on Tyneside. She was laid down in April 1906, and launched a year later on April 13th 1907, before being commissioned into the fleet on March 20th 1908.

The ship's primary armament consisted of eight 12in guns in four twin turrets, with, in addition, sixteen 4in guns also fitted.

Invincible initially served with the 1st Cruiser Squadron until 1913, when she was assigned to the 1st Battlecruiser Squadron. At the beginning of the First World War, she took part in the action at Heligoland Bight, before being sent along with her sister Inflexible to the South Atlantic where she fought in the Battle of the Falkland Islands. At the Battle of Jutland, she was the flagship of the 1st Battlecruiser Squadron. She was hit in her 'Q' turret and blew up, breaking in two and sinking with the loss of all but five of her crew.
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SMS Baden 19151203 viewsSMS Baden was a Bayern-class battleship launched in 1915. She was saved from scuttling in Scapa Flow by beaching and later sunk in extensive gunnery testing by the Royal Navy in 1921. The Baden was one of four planned Bayern battleships, the other three were the Bayern, Wurttemberg and Sachsen.

The Baden was not originally intended to be surrended under the terms of the Armistice, but was substitued for the Mackensen which could not put to sea.

After the scuttling of the fleet at Scapa Flow, the Bayern was raised and scrapped, but the Baden was carefully examined by the British. It was exensively measured stripped and compared to existing British ships. The effects of various guns were tested on her. First of all the British 15" guns of the Erebus and Terror, two monitors, were fired into selected parts of the hull and superstructure. Various bombs were detonated on her decks and finally the battleships of the Atlantic fleet used their main guns on her and she sank southwest of Portsmouth on the 16th August 1921.
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HMS King George V 19411392 viewsKing George V, of the battleship class with the same name, was built by Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness and laid down on 1 January 1937, launched on 21 February 1937, and commissioned on 11 December 1940.

She was the flagship of the Home Fleet under the command of Admiral Sir John Tovey, and was involved in the chase for the German battleship Bismarck. On 27 May 1941, she and Rodney poured a large number of shells into to the hull of the ill-fated ship.

While escorting convoy PQ-15 to Murmansk on 1 May 1942, King George V collided with the destroyer HMS Punjabi, resulting in the sinking of the latter ship and minimal damage to the battleship.

In the Mediterranean, King George V covered the landings at Sicily, as well as having the honour of transporting Prime Minister Winston Churchill back to Britain from the Tehran Conference.

From 1944 to the surrender of Japan, King George V served with the British Pacific Fleet, and was present at Japan during the official surrender ceremony.

She was recommissioned as flagship of the Home Fleet in 1946. Just three years later, King George V decommissioned into the Reserve Fleet and subsequently scrapped at Dalmuir in 1957.
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Gneisenau in 19391080 viewsThe Gneisenau was the second of the two 'Scharnhorst' class battle-cruisers completed in Germany in the late 1930s as highly impressive ships with a full-load displacement of 34,900 tons, length of 754ft Oin (229.8m), armament of nine I I inch (280mm) guns in three triple turrets, twelve 5.6inch (150mm) guns in six twin turrets, fourteen 4.1 inch (105mm) anti-aircraft guns in seven twin mountings and sixteen 37mm anti-aircraft guns in eight twin mountings.
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Ferre Peru892 viewsThe Ferre is a British Daring' class destroyer of the Peruvian navy, which received two such ships in 1969. Manned and operated almost as light cruisers, the class numbered eight ships completed in the early 1950s with a full-load displacement of 3,580 tons, length of 390ft Oin (I 18.8m), armament of six 4.5in (I 14mm) dual-purpose guns in three twin turrets, up to six 40mm anti¬aircraft guns in up to three twin mountings and one 'Squid' anti-submarine projector; propulsion in the form of geared steam turbines delivering 54,000hp (40,260kW) to two shafts for a speed of 34.75 knots, and complement of 330.
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Roger de Lauria Class Destroyer154 viewsSpain's two 'Roger de Launa' class destroyers, here epitomised by the iead ship, were completed in the late 1960s after having been laid down as the second and third units of the 'Oquendo' class that comprised only one ship, the other six units having been cancelled.The 'Roger de Lauria' class ships were completed with American weapons and electronics to a specification that included a full-load displacement of 3,785 tons, length of 39 1 ft 6in (I 19.3m), armament of six 5in (127mm) dual-purpose guns in three twin turrets, six I2.75in (324mm) tubes in two triple mountings for lightweight anti-submarine torpedoes, two 21 in (533mm) tubes for heavyweight anti-submarine torpedoes and one helicopter propulsion in the form of geared steam turbines delivering 60,000hp (44,735kW) to two shafts for a speed of 3 I knots, and complement of 320.
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Roger de Lauria Class Destroyer154 viewsSpain's two 'Roger de Launa' class destroyers, here epitomised by the iead ship, were completed in the late 1960s after having been laid down as the second and third units of the 'Oquendo' class that comprised only one ship, the other six units having been cancelled.The 'Roger de Lauria' class ships were completed with American weapons and electronics to a specification that included a full-load displacement of 3,785 tons, length of 39 1 ft 6in (I 19.3m), armament of six 5in (127mm) dual-purpose guns in three twin turrets, six I2.75in (324mm) tubes in two triple mountings for lightweight anti-submarine torpedoes, two 21 in (533mm) tubes for heavyweight anti-submarine torpedoes and one helicopter propulsion in the form of geared steam turbines delivering 60,000hp (44,735kW) to two shafts for a speed of 3 I knots, and complement of 320.Oct 26, 2011
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Japanese Battleship Kirishima149 viewsThis picture is of the Japanese 'Kongo' class battleship Kirishima, which was an older ship that had been reconstructed duting the 1930s as a fast battleship with the specifications of displacing a full load 36000 tonnes, a length of 728 feet 3in (222m) with an armament of eight 14 inch (356mm) guns in four twin turrets, fouteen 6 inch (152mm) guns in single mountings, eight 5 inch (127mm) anti-aircraft guns in four twin turrets, four 40mm anti-aircraft guns in single mountings, twenty 25mm anti-aircraft guns in 10 twin mountings and three aircraft, protection in the form of an 8inch (203mm) belt, 10inch (254mm) barbettes, 11inch (280mm) turrets, 4.7inch (120mm) deck and 10inch (254mm) conning tower, propultion in the form of steam turbines delivering 136000 horse power (101400kw) to four shafts with a speed of 30 knots, ansd a crew of 1435.Oct 26, 2011
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Jaureguiberry808 viewsCompleted for the French navy in the late 1950s, the five destroyers of the 'Duperre or'T53' class were produced to a standard evolved from that of the 12 destroyers of the 'Surcouf' or T47' class and are epitomised here by the jaureguiberry.Tbe details of this important multi-role type included a full-load displacement of 3,740 tons, length of 422ft Oin (128.6m), armament of six 5in (127mm) dual-purpose guns in three twin turrets, six 57mm anti-aircraft guns in three twin mountings, two or four 20mm cannon in single mountings, one I4.75in (375mm) anti-submarine rocket launcher and six 21 Jin (550mm) torpedo tubes in two triple mountings, propulsion in the form of geared steam turbines delivering 63,000hp (46,975kW) to two shafts for a speed of 34 knots, and complement of 345.Jun 16, 2009
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Ferre Peru892 viewsThe Ferre is a British Daring' class destroyer of the Peruvian navy, which received two such ships in 1969. Manned and operated almost as light cruisers, the class numbered eight ships completed in the early 1950s with a full-load displacement of 3,580 tons, length of 390ft Oin (I 18.8m), armament of six 4.5in (I 14mm) dual-purpose guns in three twin turrets, up to six 40mm anti¬aircraft guns in up to three twin mountings and one 'Squid' anti-submarine projector; propulsion in the form of geared steam turbines delivering 54,000hp (40,260kW) to two shafts for a speed of 34.75 knots, and complement of 330.Jun 16, 2009
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Tirpitz in c19411004 viewsThe Tirpitz was the sister-ship of the Bismarck, from which it differed only in details such as a full-load displacement of 52,600 tons, length of 823ft 6in (25 1,0m) and the addition of eight 21 in (533mm) torpedo tubes. The ship was launched in April 1939 and completed in February 1941, and its sole success in World War II (apart from tying down large numbers of British capital ships) was a bombardment of Spitsbergen in September 1943.The ship was damaged by British midget submarine attack later in that month, damaged by aircraft attack in April 1944 (with the loss of 122 men after being hit by 14 bombs), rendered unseaworthy by-further aircraft bombs in September I943 and finally sunk in November 1944 when the ship capsized with the loss of 902 men after being hit by ‘Tallboy’ bombs.Jun 16, 2009
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Gneisenau in 19391080 viewsThe Gneisenau was the second of the two 'Scharnhorst' class battle-cruisers completed in Germany in the late 1930s as highly impressive ships with a full-load displacement of 34,900 tons, length of 754ft Oin (229.8m), armament of nine I I inch (280mm) guns in three triple turrets, twelve 5.6inch (150mm) guns in six twin turrets, fourteen 4.1 inch (105mm) anti-aircraft guns in seven twin mountings and sixteen 37mm anti-aircraft guns in eight twin mountings.Jun 16, 2009
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Admiral Graf Spee in 19361173 viewsThe most famous of the three 'Deutschland' class 'pocket battleships', the Admiral Graf Spee was launched in June 1934 and completed in January 1936, and was scuttled off Montevideo in December 1939 after suffering only modest damage in the Battle of the River Plate, against a force of three British cruisers, at the end of a commerce-raiding cruise in which the German ship had sunk or captured nine British merchant ships.Jun 16, 2009
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Bismarck in 19401135 viewsThe Bismarck was the lead ship of the two-strong class whose other unit was the Tirpitz, and these were the only German battleships completed in the lifetime of the Third Reich. The ships were visually impressive and exercised a horrid fascination on the minds of the British Admiralty despite the fact that they had an unfortunate propulsion arrangement, possessed a considerable weight of armour that was not particularly well disposed, and had a cluttered deck arrangement in its combination of secondary and tertiary gun batteries (due to the German navy's lack of dual-purpose guns and fire-control systems).The specification for the Bismarck included a full-load displacement 50,900 tons, length of 81 3ft 8in (248.0m), armament of eight I5in (380mm) guns in four twin turrets, twelve 5.9in (150mm) guns in six twin turrets, eight 4.1 in (105mm) anti-aircraft guns in four twin mountings and sixteen 37mm anti-aircraft guns in single mountings, protection in the form of a I2.6in (320mm) belt, I4.2in (360mm) turrets, I 3,8in (350mm) conning tower and 4.7in (120mm) deck, propulsion in the form of geared steam turbines delivering I38,000hp (I02,895IkW) to three shafts for a speed of 29 knots, and complement of 2,400. Jun 16, 2009
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