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Top 5 Battleships of All Time

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Battleships are large heavily armored ships attached with large caliber guns and a wide range of torpedoes and missiles sourcing energy from the main battery. Its main reign of power existed in the 19th and 20th century.

  1. US Iowa (BB-61)

The US Iowa is the lead battleship of the class. It his historically renowned for its battlefield experience and might in the sea, to go across any sea and conquer with its supreme firepower might. The ship was initially commissioned on 22 February 1943 and officially decommissioned on 26 October 1990.

It was known by many nicknames like the” Big Stick” and the “Grey Ghost.” This massive machine needs eight super boilers and four engines to run it.  It can reach a speed of 61 km/h. Its armory consists of mark 7 and mark 12guns, anti-aircraft guns, anti-ship missiles, and Tomahawk cruise missiles. Iowa could accommodate various helicopters and planes.

  1. Yamato class battleship

The Yamato battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy was one among the most massive warships to be ever constructed weighing at a whopping 73000 tons. This ship was commissioned in 1941 and decommissioned in 1945.  This vessel has seen action on the seas as well.

It needs 12 boilers, four turbines, and three propellers to energize it. It can reach a max speed of 50 km/h. Its armament involves an array of large caliber bullet guns and anti-aircraft guns. It has a capacity of carrying up to 47 aircraft.

  1. SMS Schleswig-Holstein

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This ship was built by the Germans. It was inferior regarding size, armour, and speed. This ship was commissioned in 1908 but was later sunk by bombardment during the war. It had three shafts and three engines to supply energy and a maximum speed of 35km/h. Its weaponry consisted of anti-aircraft guns and large caliber guns.

  1. USS Missouri (BB-63)

Known as the “Mighty Mo” is an Iowa class battleship best remembered for the site of the Japanese surrender which ended the World War 2. It was officially commissioned in 1944 and decommissioned in 1992. This mighty machine can reach a top speed of 60km/h. This ship has a reach of over 23000 km. Its armory consists of mark 7, mark 12 guns, anti-aircraft guns, large caliber bullet guns, anti-ship missiles, and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

  1. HMS Dreadnought

These were powerful type battleships that existed in the 20th century.  The United Kingdom’s HMS Dreadnought was commissioned in 1906 and decommissioned in 1919. It needed power from 18 boilers, four shafts, and two steam turbines. This vessel had a top speed of 24km/h. Its armory consisted of large caliber guns and torpedoes tubes.