British Battleships

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British battleships are the masters of combat at average range. Their primary objectives are hunting enemy cruisers and duels with battleships.

The first ships of the branch (Tiers III to VI) are aggressive warriors capable of absorbing much damage and pushing through flanks.

At higher tiers (from VII to X), pressure and aggression give way to more flexible combat tactics. These Brits have an unexpected ace up their sleeve—a relatively good concealment for their ship type.


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HMS Bellerophon: The Slayer

The British battleship line starts at tier III with HMS Bellerophon, named for the mythic Greek hero who rode the legendary winged stallion Pegasus to slay the Chimera.

HMS Bellerophon is far better than her namesake -- while she can't fly, we're certain this dreadnought could vanquish the Chimera faster than some guy in bronze armor. Heavy defenses and a fearsome armament of naval artillery amply mitigate her lack of vertical mobility, making Bellerophon ideal for deterring overeager enemies.

Specs:

Armament: 10 305mm guns with good shell ballistics, velocity, and an effective range of 15.05km, (13.68km stock) and able to fire twice per minute


Survivability: 38,100 HP, (33,400 stock) with a surface detectability range of 13.68km


Maximum Speed: 22.5 knots (20.36 stock) with a turning circle radius of 560m and a rudder shift time of 11.7 seconds (16.3 stock)


Primary Targets:

How to Play Bellerophon

  • Absorb damage and push through the flanks of a fight
  • Get close to enemy battleships and cruisers before sinking them 

How Not to Play Bellerophon

  • Split the focus over several enemies at once
  • Show her squishier sides to the enemy  

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HMS Orion: The Super-Dreadnaught

HMS Orion is a tier IV battleship that deals devastating AP shell damage but has large gun dispersion, meaning you’ll want to start at midrange and get close with help from a volley of AP or enhanced HE shells. Her armor, especially in the bow, can soak up damage and fend off nosy enemies.


Specs:

Armament: 10 13.5-inch (343mm) guns with an effective range of 16.7km (15.18km stock) and able to fire twice per minute


Survivability: 42,700 HP (38,600 stock) with a surface detectability range of 14.4km


Maximum Speed: 22 knots (19.8 stock) with a turning circle radius of 610m and a rudder shift time of 12.5 seconds (17.5 stock)


Primary Targets:

How to Play Orion

  • Soak up damage and push through the flanks. Orion doesn’t have the most HP of tier IV battleships, but like other British battleships, she can fix herself fast with an improved Repair Party consumable. Plus she's smaller than other battleships, making her harder to hit at long range.
  • Move to destroy battleships and cruisers at medium or close range 

How Not to Play Orion

  • Don't fight several enemies at once; or let them focus their fire on you 
  • Never expose your sides to enemy return fire (good tip for any battleship!)
  • Stick with and protect smaller allies, and attempt to keep enemy destroyers from getting close enough for a torpedo attack -- Orion’s maneuverable for a battleship, but it’s always better to stop an attack before it happens!

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HMS Iron Duke: The Hero of Jutland

HMS Iron Duke retains the armor and armament of her predecessor HMS Orion and mounts an enhanced secondary armament to boost her close combat effectiveness against enemy destroyers. The main armament runs along her centerline, meaning middle and rear turrets are sometimes obscured by parts of her superstructure. Consider these firing arcs and steer carefully as you bring your full firepower to bear without exposing your sides to enemy return fire..


Specs:

Armament: 10 13.5-inch (343mm) guns with an effective range of 16.8km (15.27km stock) and able to fire twice per minute


Survivability: 47,100 HP (41,200 stock) with a surface detectability range of 14.94 km


Maximum Speed: 22.5 knots (20.9 stock). With a turning circle radius of 650m and a rudder shift time of 13.2 seconds (18.5 stock).


Primary Targets:

How to Play Iron Duke

  • Like other British battleships, Iron Duke’s armor and armament is most effective at medium range – Align your guns with care and time your shots to get the most out of your volleys
  • Position to disrupt the enemy team while providing heavy fire where it’s most needed
  • Prioritize knocking out enemy battleships and heavier cruisers

How Not to Play Iron Duke

  • Don’t go alone and let enemies focus fire on you; never expose your sides

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HMS Queen Elizabeth: Royal Rumbler

HMS Queen Elizabeth was named after the legendary Queen Elizabeth I, who saw off the Spanish Armada. Her namesake was the first battleship in the world to carry 15-inch (381mm) main battery guns and kept Britain safe through the two world wars.

In World of Warships, the Queen loses two guns from the 10 seen on predecessor HMS Iron Duke, but hers throw heavier shells that are easier to aim at single targets. 


Specs:

Armament: Eight 15-inch guns with an effective range of 17.15km (15.59km stock), able to fire twice per minute


Survivability: 55,300 HP (53,300 stock) with a surface detectability range of 14.44 km


Maximum Speed: 22.5 knots (20.9 stock) with a turning radius of 680m and a rudder shift time of 14.3 seconds (20.1 stock)


Primary Targets:

How to Play Queen Elizabeth

  • The armor is fit for a Queen! Use it and align your massive main guns at medium range. Aim your guns with care and time your shots to get the most out of your volleys
  • Knock out enemy battleships and heavier cruisers first -- you can hurt destroyers with HE, but you’ll need to be sure you can hit them

How Not to Play Queen Elizabeth

  • Like other battleships, don’t go alone and never expose your sides
  • With a sedate turret rotation speed, don’t try to swing them after faster ships, but anticipate their movements before you fire

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HMS King George V: The King's Reach

Fittingly named after a British monarch and Royal Naval officer, HMS King George V is the dividing line between the tough brawlers and sneaky sharpshooters on the British battleship branch; a big change from her predecessors. Great shell velocity and the Spotting Aircraft consumable provide positively royal range and accuracy at medium to long distances, while her excellent concealment helps you catch enemies off-guard and avoid a firefight.


Specs:

Armament: 10 356mm guns with an effective range of 18.15km (16.5km stock), able to fire every 25 seconds


Survivability: 60,500 HP (53,900 stock) with a surface detectability range of 14.58 km


Maximum Speed: 28 knots (26.6 stock) with a turning radius of 790m and a rudder shift time of 15 seconds (21 stock)


Primary Targets:

How to Play King George V

  • Be sneaky and stick with your team. Pick your targets and decide when to engage with care
  • Thwack enemy cruisers and destroyers with the enhanced HE shells before switching to AP when you need to

How Not to Play King George V

  • Like other battleships, don’t go alone and never expose your sides
  • Don’t get too close to enemy battleships -- you don’t have the armor for a close-in brawl

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The Mighty HMS Monarch!

HMS Monarch continues a tech tree shift led by HMS King George V, combining the best features of high-tier British battleships. Monarch has a shorter range than her counterparts, but benefits from a "Spotting Aircraft" consumable, good concealment for a battleship, and a main battery with excellent shell velocity, shell trajectories and enhanced HE shells.


Specs:

Armament: Nine 381mm guns with an effective range of 18.15km (16.5km stock), able to fire every 25 seconds


Survivability: 60,500 HP (53,900 stock) with a surface detectability range of 14.58 km


Maximum Speed: 28 knots (26.6 stock) with a turning radius of 790m and a rudder shift time of 15 seconds (21 stock)


Primary Targets:

How to Play Monarch

  • Work from the shadows and stick with your team, then choose with care who you’re going to “arch”
  • Indulge in maniacal laughter as you strike enemy cruisers and destroyers with the enhanced HE shells. Switch to AP when you need to punish battleships

How Not to Play Monarch

  • Like other battleships, don’t go alone and never expose your sides
  • Like HMS King George V, don’t get too close to enemy battleships -- you can’t rely on your armor in a close brawl

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HMS Lion: King of the Pride

HMS Lion has excellent concealment for a great time stalking prey before letting roar with shells from nowhere. This tier IX battleship is perfect for aggressive mid-range pursuit of cruisers and battleships. 

Lion includes an Improved Repair Party, which restores a huge number of HP after fire, flooding or receiving repairable damage far faster than other nation’s battleships.


Specs:

Armament: Nine 419mm guns (406mm stock) with an effective range of 20.74km (18.85km stock), firing every 30 seconds


Survivability: 67,900 HP (58,600 stock) with a surface detectability range of 14.58km


Maximum Speed: 29.5 knots (28 stock) with a turning radius of 830m and a rudder shift time of 15.8 seconds (22.2 stock)


Primary Targets:

How to Play Lion

  • Strike stealthily and stick with your team
  • Make enemy cruisers your “mane” targets with the enhanced HE shells, or AP when hunting battleships

How Not to Play Lion

  • Like other battleships, don’t go alone and never expose your sides
  • Don’t get too close to enemy battleships -- you can’t rely on your armor in a close brawl

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HMS Conqueror: Go Big or Go Home!

Conqueror is the pinnacle of the U.K. battleships branch. This ship has excellent characteristics for establishing its supremacy on the battlefield. It inherited from its predecessor, the battleship Lion, improved Repair Party, which allows quick restoration of a great number of Hit Points.

In a duel with an enemy battleship, the decent concealment for its type can be used to take a position that is good for making the first salvo before your opponent.

Also, Conqueror can carry one of two main calibre armament types: twelve 419 mm or eight 457 mm guns. Using 457 mm guns, Conqueror is second only to Yamato, when comparing the artillery calibre among Tier X ships.


Armament:

  • Eight guns with a calibre of 457 mm (as alternative, twelve 419 mm guns). Firing range: 24.3 km; reloading time: 30 seconds.
  • Survivability: 82,900 Hit Points. Surface detectability range: 14.8 km.
  • Maximum speed: 29.5 knots. Turning circle radius: 940 m. Rudder shift time: 17.3 seconds.

Primary Targets:

  • Battleships
  • Cruisers

Preferable Game Tactics

  • Dealing damage to enemy cruisers and destroyers with High Explosive or Armour Piercing shells from a 10–14 km distance, or firing at enemy battleships with High Explosive shells from long distances.

Errors in Battle

  • Exposing your sides to enemy salvos when manoeuvring.
  • Getting under concentrated fire from several enemy battleships or cruisers simultaneously.
  • Engagement in close combat against enemy battleships.


British Navy in History

Great Britain is justly considered one of the world's leading naval powers. Its navy has an imposing list of victories and achievements:

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    Battle against the Spanish Armada

    Having defeated the pride of the Spanish Empire, the Invincible Armada, Great Britain became the Mistress of the Seas for many years to come.
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    Battle of Trafalgar

    This decisive naval battle of the Napoleonic Wars resulted in an overwhelming triumph of the British fleet, led by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson. The entire French-Spanish fleet was either captured or destroyed during the battle. Britain didn't lose a single ship.
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    Admiral John Arbuthnot Fisher

    This British admiral is known for his great contribution to the development of the Royal Navy. Fisher created the concept for construction and combat application of dreadnoughts and battlecruisers, and he also encouraged the development of submarines and aircraft carriers.
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    HMS Dreadnought

    This new type of ship revolutionised naval power and almost immediately made all foreign fleets obsolete. HMS Dreadnought had uniform main battery guns (the concept of an all-big-gun battleship) and was powered by steam turbines, which made her far ahead of any ship of the time.
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    Battle of Jutland

    It's the largest engagement between battleships in naval history. The battle was fought between the Britain's Grand Fleet and Germany's High Seas Fleet. Though the British sustained heavy losses, Germany failed to break the naval blockade and was forced to avoid active naval actions till the very end of the war.
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    Battle of Taranto—first attack of carrier aircraft

    A raid by British carrier-launched aircraft on an Italian military base in Taranto that happened during World War II. This attack became the first example of how carrier aviation could be successfully used against heavy ships in a protected harbour, and helped to shape views on combat application of naval air forces.