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My personal favorite is an American battleship. Known to some as the "Mighty Mo", it is the USS Missouri (BB-63).

 

Commissioned- June 11th 1944

Builder- Brooklyn Navy Yard

Last Decommissioned- March 31st 1992

Honor and awards- 11 Battle Stars

Motto- "Strengthen for Freedom"

Notes- Last Battleship built by the United States

Home port- Peal Harbor, Hawaii

 

Ship Characteristics

Class- Iowa Class Battleship

Displacement- 45,000 tons

Length- 887.2 Ft

Speed- 32.7 knots

Crew Capacity- 2,500-800 Officers/Sailors

Main Armaments- 9 x 16in (406mm) Guns

Armor- Belt 12.1 Inches, Turrets 19.7 Inches, Deck 7.Inches

 

 

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SMS Emden

   
Namesake: City of Emden
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig
Laid down: 1 November 1906
Launched: 26 May 1908
Commissioned: 10 July 1909
Fate: Grounded off the Cocos Islands, 9 November 1914
General characteristics
Class and type: Dresden-classcruiser
Displacement: 4,268 t (4,201 long tons)
Length: 118.3 m (388 ft 1 in)
Beam: 13.5 m (44 ft 3 in)
Draft: 5.53 m (18 ft 2 in)
Installed power: 13,315 ihp (9,929 kW)
12 water-tube boilers
Propulsion: 2 triple-expansion steam engines
Speed: 23.5 kn (43.5 km/h; 27.0 mph)
Range: 3,760 nmi (6,960 km; 4,330 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 18 officers
343 enlisted men
Armament: 10 × 10.5 cm (4.1 in) SK L/40 guns

8 × 5.2 cm (2.0 in) SK L/55 guns

2 × 45 cm (17.7 in) torpedo tubes
Armor: Deck: 80 mm (3.1 in)
Conning tower: 100 mm (3.9 in)
Gun shields: 50 mm (2.0 in)
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My late grandfather was serving on board a fuel support ship (tender) during the Okinawa operation, and saw the Kamikaze that hit Big Mo first hand. At the time all support ships were heavily armed with adhoc AA guns welded where they could to put up screens of AA to help blunt Kamikaze attacks. He said the Kamikaze had been hit several times but was flying too low for bigger AA guns. He couldn't comprehend how anything could get through the wall of lead they put up, and he would turn away whenever you'd see newsreel footage of Kamikaze attacks on USN ships because he was there for many of them.

He said if the Kamikaze's had focused on the supply ships full of fuel and with little armor they would have gone up like the fourth of july, but the big BB's were easier targets. When the Kamikaze hit Big Mo, or in his terms bounced off it,  it just made AA crews more p*ssed off. They pretty much burned up their gun barrels in any respect.

 

 

 

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The one and only HMS Invincible. 

Name: HMS Invincible
Ordered: 1906 Naval Program
Builder: Armstrong Whitworth
Laid down: 2 April 1906
Launched: 13 April 1907[1]
Commissioned: 20 March 1909
Fate: Sunk Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916[2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Invincible-class battlecruiser
Displacement: 17,250 long tons (17,530 t)
20,420 long tons (20,750 t) at (deep load)
Length: 567 ft (173 m) overall
Beam: 78.5 ft (23.9 m)
Draught: 30 ft (9.1 m) deep load
Installed power: 41,000 shp (31,000 kW)
31 Yarrow boilers
Propulsion: four-shaft Parsons direct-drive steam turbines,
Speed: 25.5 knots (47.2 km/h; 29.3 mph)
Range: 2,270 nmi (4,200 km; 2,610 mi) at 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
3,090 nmi (5,720 km; 3,560 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 784 (up to 1000 in wartime)
Armament: 4 × 2 - BL 12-inch (304.8 mm) Mk X guns

16 × 1 - QF 4-in (102mm) Mk III guns
7 × 1 - Maxim guns

5 × 1 - submerged 18-inch (450-mm) torpedo tubes
Armour: Belt: 4–6 in (102–152 mm)
Decks: 1.5–2.5 in (38–64 mm)
Barbettes: 7 in (178 mm)
Turrets: 7 in (178 mm)
Conning tower: 6–10 in (152–254 mm)
Torpedo bulkheads: 2.5 in (64 mm)

 

 

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