King George V Class (1940) BB

This class of battleships was built following termination of the Washington Treaty, and to match the building programmes of Germany, Italy and France.

The design reverted to 14in guns, but they were mounted in unique quadruple turrets forward and aft, with a twin B turret.
The 5.25in secondary armament guns were designed for both surface and anti-aircraft roles. 

Anti-aircraft close range armament varied from ship to ship, with the later ships having more incorporated at build, but with numbers increased in all ships as the war progressed.

They were also a return to a more conventional layout after the unusual one adopted for the Nelson Class (1927)

Armoured protection was comprehensive, with very thick deck armour protecting the vital areas, particularly magazines. The torpedo bulges of earlier classes were done away with. Wing tanks below the waterline were designed to absorb the impact and explosion of a torpedo hit.



During their short lives the main modifications carried out was the initial fitting and later improvement of radar. Plus a steady increase in the amount and mix of close range anti-aircraft guns.

By the end of the WW2 each ship had a different mix of anti-aircraft armament but the typical fit was about :
88 x 2pdr pom-poms;
8 x 40mm Bofors;
55 x 20mm Oerlikon.


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This page last edited - 21 January, 2013.

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