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How Good Were Coastal Defense Ships?

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I had been under the impression that Coastal Defense ships would stay pretty much within sight of the coast they were defending except the Russian WWII navy which was essentially a Coastal Defense Force But would stray a little farther out than some might expect. But union looking at the ships used in Battle of Tsushima I noticed the Russian Navy sent 3 Coastal Defense Battleships out with the rest of their naval force into battle with the IJN. And upon inspection of some costal Defense ships and the caliber of guns they could carry, I wonder if such vessels were good idea to send into such battles or not? Not really a subject I have been able to dig up too much info on yet, but plenty of questions raised if you would be better off sending large caliber gunned Coastal Defense ships out to fight or more traditional dreadnoughts or BBs? 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tsushima

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The reason the Russians sent out coastal battleships to Tsushima was because that was all they had left after sending their modern battleships and even older battleships. They needed all the firepower they can get and if that meant sending even ironclad warships from the age of sail, so be it. But ofc, they didn't perform very well, least not because of the long journey and poor maintainence. Compare to actual battleships, they were smaller thus less reserved bouyancy thus cannot take as much damage, porbably less armour meaning more vulnerable to shells and less firepower thus cannot dish out a lot of damage to enemy warships. 

The only reason they should engage enemy battleships is if they needed to defend their coastline and can exploit shallower waters or even terrain to deter enemy warships. Not in open ocean combat where the full battleship had all the advantages,

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12 minutes ago, Guest 123 said:

The reason the Russians sent out coastal battleships to Tsushima was because that was all they had left after sending their modern battleships and even older battleships. They needed all the firepower they can get and if that meant sending even ironclad warships from the age of sail, so be it. But ofc, they didn't perform very well, least not because of the long journey and poor maintainence. Compare to actual battleships, they were smaller thus less reserved bouyancy thus cannot take as much damage, porbably less armour meaning more vulnerable to shells and less firepower thus cannot dish out a lot of damage to enemy warships. 

The only reason they should engage enemy battleships is if they needed to defend their coastline and can exploit shallower waters or even terrain to deter enemy warships. Not in open ocean combat where the full battleship had all the advantages,

For most navies, the role of coastal defense was left to aged ships which could no longer keep up with a fleet or but had some utility beyond being a training vessel. Many of the battleships and cruisers that served in the first world war became coastal defense ships for the second one. Around the time of Tsushima they could've been ships that were only ten years old or less but were already outdated by the frequent advances in ship building technology of the time.

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