Debut: May 2016

 




   

.: Jun Zhou's H.M.S. Warspite

Brand:

White Ensign Models

Scale:

1/700

Modelling Time:

2 mths

PE/Resin Detail:

none

Comments:

"Resin kit of Warspite, actual scale about 1/720."

HMS Warspite

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Seven ships of the Royal Navy have been named Warspite. The origins of the name are unclear, although it is probably a pun on the word 'spite', in part embodying contempt for the Navy's enemies, but also the common name for the green woodpecker, suggesting the 'Warspite' would poke holes in enemy ships' (wooden) hulls.[1] Until 1919 a woodpecker was used as the ships' crest; the official badge was a cannon, although the woodpecker continued to be used on the ships' tompions or gun muzzle plugs.

Battle honours

Warspite carries the most battle honours of any ship in the Royal Navy, and the sixth ship carries the most for any individual ship.[2]

HMS Warspite (03)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other ships with the same name, see HMS Warspite.
HMS Warspite, Indian Ocean 1942.jpg
Warspite under way in the Indian Ocean, 16 July 1942
History
United Kingdom
Name: Warspite
Ordered: 1912
Laid down: 31 October 1912
Launched: 26 November 1913
Commissioned: 8 March 1915
Decommissioned: 1 February 1945
Struck: 1947
Identification: Pennant number: 03
Motto: Belli dura despicio ("I Despise the Hard Knocks of War")
Honours and
awards:
Fate: Scrapped, 1950–57
Badge: Warspite Crest.jpg
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: Queen Elizabeth-class battleship
Displacement:
  • 32,590 long tons (33,110 t)
  • 33,260 long tons (33,790 t) (Deep load)
Length: 643 ft 9 in (196.2 m)
Beam: 90 ft 7 in (27.6 m)
Draught: 33 ft (10.1 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,260 km; 5,750 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement:
  • 1,025 (1915)
  • 1,262 (1920, as a flagship)
Armament:
Armour:
General characteristics (1937, where different)
Displacement:
  • 31,315 long tons (31,818 t) Standard
  • 36,450 long tons (37,030 t) (Extra-deep load)
Beam: 104 ft (31.7 m)
Draught: 32 ft 4 in (9.9 m)
Installed power:
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Range: 7,579 nmi (14,036 km; 8,722 mi) at 12 knots
Armament:
Armour:
Aircraft carried: 4 × amphibious aircraft
Aviation facilities: 1 × aircraft catapult

HMS Warspite was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship built for the Royal Navy during the early 1910s. Her thirty-year career covered both world wars and took her across the AtlanticIndianArctic and PacificOceans. She participated in the Battle of Jutland during the First World War as part of the Grand Fleet. Other than that battle, and the inconclusive Action of 19 August, her service during the war generally consisted of routine patrols and training in the North Sea.

She was involved in several major engagements, including battles in the North Sea and Mediterranean, earning her the most battle honours ever awarded to an individual ship in the Royal Navy and the most awarded for actions during the Second World War. For this and other reasons Warspite gained the nickname the "Grand Old Lady" after a comment made by Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham in 1943 while she was his flagship.

When she was launched in 1913 the use of oil as fuel and untried 15-inch guns were revolutionary concepts in the naval arms race between Britain and Germany, a considerable risk for Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty, and Admiral John Fisher who had advocated the design. However, the new "fast battleships" proved to be an outstanding success during the First World War. Warspite was refitted twice between the wars, but advances in technology and the cumulative effects of battle damage relegated her to the role of shore bombardment towards the end of the Second World War. Decommissioned in 1945, she ran aground under tow in 1947 on rocks near Prussia CoveCornwall, and was eventually broken up nearby.

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