HMS Anson (BB-1929)


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Following on from the previous Howe Class design was the Anson type. The Howe class had three triple turrets of the Mk.2 16" guns which gave it a parity to the Majestic Class. The design featured a new triple 6" for the anti-torpedoboat/destroyer armament. The five turrets took up a lot of inline space. Reducing the 6" to just four broadside turrets would allow for a greater ten gun 16" armament using two twin and two triple turrets. Two ten gun ships in the Royal Navy would definitely outclass the Colorado and Nagato class which these ships would be built to be equivalent to. (In real life the equivalents would be the Nelson and Rodney.)

These are definitely powerful ships and would be the gold standard till the later 1930's fast battleships eclipsed them. I don't mind the drawing, it has come out ok, it is the aft end around the after bridge and mainmast that it feels that the secondary and AA weapons are all in a too tight a space. But that is only compared to the front half secondary / AA placement. I could probably have moved the drop boat further back and placed all of the 4.7" in one row. Once I replace the 6", 4.7" combo with a dual purpose armament, the space looks much better laid out. The Howe drawings I did not even contemplate putting aircraft aboard though I did consider putting a crossdeck catapult in place of the boat stack and the hangars either side of the funnel. I could do the same here with the Anson. The other way would be to put a catapult on top of X turret with the handling crane(s) replacing the 2 pounder mounting on the after bridge. I have not put a priority of aircraft on board the Howe and Anson types, as they would be the Fleet Flagships of the Atlantic (Home) Fleet and Mediterranean Fleet which always had aircraft carriers with them to supply the recon aircraft.


  As Built 1929 Refits to 1943 (Ready for Pacific service)
Displacement 38,000 tons standard, 44,300 tons full load 39,400 tons std, 44,900 full load
Length 755 ft 755 ft
Breadth 106 ft 106 ft
Draught 30 ft 30 ft
Machinery 4 shafts, geared turbines, 135,000shp 4 shafts, geared turbines, 135,000shp
Speed 29 knots 29 knots
Range 10,000 miles at 14 knots 10,000 miles at 14 knots
Armour 13" sides, 6" deck, turrets 13"/10"/8". 13" sides, 6" deck, turrets 13"/10"/8".
Armament 10 x 16" (2x2 2x3)
12 x 6" (4x3)
6 x 4.7" AA (6x1)
58 x 2pd (7x8, 2x1)
10 x 16" (2x2 2x3)
20 x 4.5" (10x2)
60 x 40mm (15x4)
4 x 40mm STAAG (2x2)
Complement 1750 (1810 as Flagship) 1840 (1920 as Flagship)
Notes HMS Anson (1929)

HMS Hood (1929)

Making the Mk.2 16" guns for the Anson class.


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