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Old 10 December 2009, 17:26   #11
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Thanks for that Pat, I just assumed they were slow because it seemed to take them 2 years to cross the atlantic after the start of WW2!
Touche! I stand corrected. It did take about that so I guess our ships WERE pretty slow... It took Pearl harbor to get things moving. It would have been great to have seen the Lion class battleships completed, what I have read looks impressive. They would have greatly shortened the Falklands conflict I think. Just imagine how it could have been in the gulf or elsewhere, with a coalition of U.S./British battleships pouring it on any unfortunate country that got in the way... Imagine the video, It would have been off the hook impressive. You just know that the powers that be would have gotten together and said: " Time to knock the rust off these battleships we have, let's do a naval exercise." We'll never know.
Would you happen to know how many British battleships or heavy cruisers are left? I know some where scrapped but hopefully not all, they really are historic ships in that they are the last of the line. I know of the Iowas two are now museum ships and the last two most likely will be shortly. All are stricken from the naval register but two are in kind of a grey area as they are supposedly still maintaining them.
Not sure how true that is.
Here's a link for my ribnet brethren across the pond outlining what Britain had in mind that sadly, never came to pass:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_class_battleship
A link to a lion class design drawing:http://www.chuckhawks.com/lion.jpg
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Old 10 December 2009, 18:20   #12
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Touche! I stand corrected. It did take about that so I guess our ships WERE pretty slow... It took Pearl harbor to get things moving. It would have been great to have seen the Lion class battleships completed, what I have read looks impressive. They would have greatly shortened the Falklands conflict I think. Just imagine how it could have been in the gulf or elsewhere, with a coalition of U.S./British battleships pouring it on any unfortunate country that got in the way... Imagine the video, It would have been off the hook impressive. You just know that the powers that be would have gotten together and said: " Time to knock the rust off these battleships we have, let's do a naval exercise." We'll never know.
Would you happen to know how many British battleships or heavy cruisers are left? I know some where scrapped but hopefully not all, they really are historic ships in that they are the last of the line. I know of the Iowas two are now museum ships and the last two most likely will be shortly. All are stricken from the naval register but two are in kind of a grey area as they are supposedly still maintaining them.
Not sure how true that is.
You took that far too easily,I must try harder!

No battleships or heavy cruisers left at all, there was a bit of a clamour to preserve the RN's last battleship, Vanguard, but that came to nothing, other than that there's the Belfast, a 6" gun cruiser floating on the Thames and the old cruiser Aurora? which was sold to the Russians, they've kept it as a museum ship of their navy.
Google Royal Navy warships of 2009 and prepare to be seriously underwhelmed!
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Old 10 December 2009, 18:36   #13
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You took that far too easily,I must try harder!

No battleships or heavy cruisers left at all, there was a bit of a clamour to preserve the RN's last battleship, Vanguard, but that came to nothing, other than that there's the Belfast, a 6" gun cruiser floating on the Thames and the old cruiser Aurora? which was sold to the Russians, they've kept it as a museum ship of their navy.
Google Royal Navy warships of 2009 and prepare to be seriously underwhelmed!
You have just seriously ruined my day, none left? What in God's name were the politicians thinking? The U.S. IS the bastion of short sighted non cultural, forget the past, Mcdonalds, Walmart, vanilla corporate brands, tear down any building over 70 yrs old etc etc. I had hopes of some day visiting the historic ww2 ships of Britain and what? World War two was only the largest conflict humanity has had, I would also argue that historically, worldwide, Britain has the greatest legacy of warship building and they didn't save one? That is sad and I am sorry to hear of it. It definitely sucks!!!
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