BLUFThis article outlines the role of HMS Rodney in the sinking of famous WW2 German battleship the Bismarck and other naval operations.
This article by Peter Suciu, writing for the National Interest, makes the following points about HMS Rodney:
- The ship was named after Admiral Lord Rodney, inventor of the "Breaking the Line" tactic.
- One of two Nelson Class battleships (commissioned 1927).
- Unusual in having all three 16 inch gun turrets forward.
- Intended to be larger but reduced in size by the Washington Treaty.
- In the 1930s was one of the world's most powerful battleships.
- In the early 1930s, experts considered Rodney to have the perfect balance between speed, size, armouring and armament.
- In 1941, the Rodney, together with the more modern ship the King George V, contributed to the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck.
- The Bismarck had already been disabled by torpedo bombers from the Aircraft Carriers, Ark Royal and Victorious.
- Supported the Allied landings in North Africa, the D Day landings in Normandy and escorted Murmansk convoys.
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