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Dreadnought Battleships

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/17/2014

The arrival of the HMS Dreadnought brought about a whole new era in warship design - leading to the general term "Dreadnought" used to describe these vessels.

The Dreadnought Battleship revolution was begun by the arrival in 1906 of HMS Dreadnought of the British Royal Navy. Its arrival was such that all existing battleships were then recognized as "pre-Dreadnought" types, making them largely obsolete in comparison. The HMS Dreadnought became the first warship of the period to focus on an all "big gun" armament across its main gun installations while relying exclusively on turbine propulsion for the necessary speed. The revolution in shipbuilding that followed the arrival of HMS Dreadnought resulted in all-new greater designs of considerably more strength, power and firepower - making the Dreadnought an obsolete vessel itself in a short five years. Some Dreadnoughts were still in service during World War 2 (1939-1945) though many would be given up after World War 1 (1914-1918).

There are a total of 14 Dreadnought Battleships in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.

ARA Moreno
Around 1910, the nations of South America were in a naval arms race with each participant bent on outdoing a potential enemy....
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HMS Audacious
Naval warship design was rewritten with the arrival of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 for the British Royal Navy. This supremacy on ...
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HMS Bellerophon (1907)
The British Royal Navy revolutionized naval warfare when it introduced their HMS Dreadnought in 1906. The vessel was the firs...
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HMS Dreadnought
When she was commissioned in 1906, HMS Dreadnought was the dominant battleship class of her era. Dreadnought was anointed th...
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HMS Queen Elizabeth
The British Royal Navy was the most powerful sea-going force by the time of World War 1 (1914-1918) and this was well-underst...
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HMS Warspite (03)
HMS Warspite (03) was a Dreadnought Battleship of the Queen Elizabeth-class in service with the British Royal Navy. The hull...
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IJN Fuso
The Fuso-class were "Dreadnought" battleships in service with Japan during both World War and World War 2, the first true Dre...
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IJN Nagato
World War 1 (1914-1918) spurred many-a-nation to bulk up their naval power and this included the Japanese Empire. A major shi...
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SMS Baden
The German Navy attempted to keep pace with the British Royal Navy prior to World War 1 (1914-1918) through five major Naval ...
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USS Arizona (BB-39)
USS Arizona (BB-39) was one of two Pennsylvania-class super-dreadnought battleships completed for service in the United State...
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USS Maryland (BB-46)
The storied USS Maryland (BB-46) was born from the fighting of World War 1 (1914-1918). The vessel was the second ship making...
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USS South Carolina (BB-26)
USS South Carolina (BB-26) was the lead ship of her class, being categorized as a "1st class dreadnought battleship". She was...
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