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Vickers Pom-pom anti-aircraft guns on HMS Rodney - naval image

Royal Marines remove old paint from X gun turret on board HMS Rodney.

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Battlecruiser HMS Renown in the Dominions, this time at Melbourne in After both her sister Repulse and the larger Hood were sunk in 1941 she was the only battlecruiser remaining in WWII British service.

Officers and men aboard HMS Rodney observing a naval aviation parade, Sep 1940; note Rodney's primary guns at maximum elevation

[Photo] Officers and men aboard HMS Rodney observing a naval aviation parade, Sep 1940; note Rodney's primary guns at maximum elevation

Officers and men aboard HMS Rodney observing a naval aviation parade, Sep note Rodney's primary guns at maximum elevation

13.5 in Iron Duke class super-dreadnought HMS Marlborough at Plymouth in 1921: she was one of the few British battleships seriously damaged at Jutland

in Iron Duke class super-dreadnought HMS Marlborough at Plymouth in she was one of the few British battleships seriously damaged at Jutland

14 in King George V class battleship HMS Prince of Wales, pictured in August 1941 when she took Prime Minister Churchill to meet President Roosevelt, having survived combat with German battleship Bismarck in May.  Japanese aircraft sank her off Malaya on 10 December that year, together with battlecruiser Repulse.

HMS PRINCE OF WALES - © IWM (FL - Here we can see the British Battleship with her hull form painted in camouflage - which was designed to prevent enemy gun layers targeting her "so easily" (it broke up her silhouette).

HMS Rodney's 16 inch naval guns - Royal Navy.  One of two Nelson class Battleships.  All 16 inch guns were mounted forward (so saved on displacement) - which allowed armour to be assigned on "all or nothing" principle.  These naval guns could NOT fire astern.

HMS Rodney's 9 in guns, all mounted forward of the bridge: these guns were prone to barrel wear compared to the 15 in and 14 in used by other Royal Navy battleship classes.

2 pdr Royal Navy "pom poms" anti-aircraft gun - Eight barrelled mounting - Used on Battleships

2 pdr Royal Navy "pom poms" anti-aircraft gun - Eight barrelled mounting - Used on Battleships

HMS Empress of India, aft turrets.

in stern turrets of HMS Emperor of India, sister of Admiral Jellicoe's Grand Fleet flagship HMS Iron Duke.

HMS Iron Duke, 1939 at Scapa Flow as a depot/AA ship. Two R class battleships, one possibly HMS Royal Oak, in the background.

HMS Iron Duke, 1939 at Scapa Flow as a depot/AA ship. Two R class battleships, one possibly HMS Royal Oak, in the background.

Nelson 16inch guns battleship.

Elevated 16 guns of battleship HMS Rodney. The very guns that were used against the Bismarck.

KGV type battleship HMS Anson (79) and a aircraft carrier with (Vought F4U Corsair's) on flight deck, 1940.

KGV type battleship HMS Anson and a aircraft carrier with (Vought Corsair's) on flight deck,

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