By Peter Smith
This can be the tale of the Royal army battle-cruiser H.M.S. Renown, a recognized send with a protracted and wonderful operational profession. initially equipped for the 1st global warfare she hence served within the post-war fleet and took royalty worldwide. Modernized simply in time for global conflict , she re-joined the fleet in September, 1939 and for the 1st years of the struggle her velocity and heavy gun armament made her probably the most vital ships of the fleet. She escorted the recognized provider Ark Royal for many of her illustrious profession as flagship of strength H within the Mediterranean and participated in lots of stirring battles and convoy activities.
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Extra info for Battle-Cruiser HMS Renown 1916-1948
Between 1917 and 1918 also the aircraft made itself more and more known in the Fleet and at sea, and many of the big ships were fitted with flying-off platforms on their turrets following Squadron Leader Rutland’s first experiments from Repulse in October 1917. Renown was fitted in this manner early in 1918, with flying-off platforms built atop both B and Y turret. When at sea in company the two battle-cruisers could therefore carry between them two reconnaissance aircraft and two fighter planes.
It was proposed to fit eight 21-inch torpedo tubes above water with 3-inch protective mantlets in both ships. These increases would, it was calculated, increase the draught of the two ships by about 9-inches giving a rise in their tonnage displacement of 4,000 tons. Their speed would thereby come down to 30 knots. However this work was not done in Repulse until after the war. B. Brooke. ’ Joining a brand new battle-cruiser in the middle of war was an exciting experience for the young midshipman, as he recalls: We midshipmen and sub-lieutenants were sent to live at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool where we were instructed in gunnery.
The day was saved by the DNO who put forward a design incorporating the Mark V body with the Mark VIII breech mechanism. Further, this was to be mounted in a new triple mounting as the 4-inch breech loading Mark IX. A total of fifteen was therefore carried by each ship with an elevation of 30°, plus two single guns with 25° elevation. This total of seventeen 4-inch guns seemed impressive enough, and should in theory have swamped attacking destroyers. Unfortunately the new triple mounting was not a success.
Battle-Cruiser HMS Renown 1916-1948 by Peter Smith