HMS Dreadnought British dreadnought battleship

HMS Dreadnought marked a revolutionary change battleship design. Navies around the world were increasingly thinking about building all-big-gun battleships, but it was Britain's forward thinking First Sea Lord, Admiral Fisher that took the initiative and laid down Dreadnought for the Royal Navy. Following the battle of Tsushima in 1905, it was apparent for all to see that improvements in accuracy meant future battleship engagements would be dictated by long range gunfire, not shorter ranged rapid-fire guns.

HMS Dreadnought had a homogeneous main battery of ten 12-inch guns, which was more than twice the firepower of previous generations of battleship designs. She also used steam turbines which enabled her to outpace most contemporary battleships. These changes enabled HMS Dreadnought to chase down and sink with ease the battleships in other navies, effectively rendering all the existing battleships of the world obsolete.

HMS Dreadnought was constructed rapidly, and commissioned in February 1906.

Most famous for her design, HMS Dreadnought's missed the battle of Jutland, but did gain one other distinction; being the only battleship to have ever sunk a submarine, which Dreadnought did with her ram.

She was sold for scrap in 1922.

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