HMS Rodney (1925)

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HMS Rodney

Career RN Ensign
Ordered:
Laid down: 28 December 1922
Launched: December 17 1925
Commissioned: November 10 1927
Decommissioned: 1946
Fate: Sold for scrap March 26 1948
Struck: 1947
General Characteristics
Displacement: 33,950 tons (38,000 full load)
Length: 710 ft (216.5 m)
Beam: 106 ft (32 m)
Draught: 33 ft (10 m)
Propulsion: 8 Admiralty 3-drum oil-fired boilers, 2 geared turbines, 2 shafts, 45,000 hp (33.6 MW)
Speed: 23.8 knots (44.1 km/h)
Range: 7,000 nautical miles at 16 knots (13000 km at 30 km/h)
Complement: 1,640
Armament (1945): Nine 16 inch (410 mm) in triple turrets
Twelve 6 inch (200 mm) in twin turrets
Eight 4 inch (100 mm) in twin turrets
48 2-pdr anti-aircraft guns in octuple turrets
61 20mm Oerlikons
Armor: 14.12 inch (358.6 mm) belt
6.32 inch (161 mm) deck
12 inch (300 mm) torpedo bulkhead
16.24 inch (412.5 mm) turret face
14 inch (360 mm) conning tower side
Motto: Non Generant Aquile Columbas (Latin) "Eagles do not breed doves"

HMS Rodney was a Nelson-class battleship of the Royal Navy. She was named for Admiral Sir George Brydges Rodney.

Built under the constraints of the Washington Naval Treaty (1922) the design was limited to 35,000 tons and showed certain compromises. To accommodate 16-inch (406 mm) main guns in three turrets all the turrets were placed forward and the vessel's speed was reduced and maximum armour was limited to vital areas, as a consequence the crew were forbidden from firing all the main guns simultaneously as this would buckle the deck.

Rodney was laid down on 28 December 1922, the same date as her sister ship Nelson. She was and built at Birkenhead by Cammell-Laird shipyard. Launched in December 1925, she was commissioned in November 1927 three months behind her sister. In 1931 the crews of both ships took part in the Invergordon Mutiny.

She was damaged by German aircraft Karmo Island, near Bergen on April 9 1940. On the early morning of May 27 1941, along with the battleship King George V and the cruisers Norfolk, and Dorsetshire she engaged the crippled German battleship Bismarck.

See HMS Rodney for other ships of this name.

Nelson-class battleship
Nelson | Rodney

List of battleships of the Royal Navy
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