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Development of the World's Fastest Battleships

Development of the World's Fastest Battleships

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The IOWA Class battleship represented the zenith in classic warship development on the eve of the Second World War. Their design was born of an era filled with political and budgetary constraints, where liberals and conservatives argued about the reality of overseas threats and how to react to them. In 1936, the newly formulated London Naval Treaty forbade the construction of battleships in excess of 35,000 tons displacement. Believing its own intelligence sources regarding Japanese construction, the U.S. Navy went ahead with the design of a 45,000 ton "super battleship" which would be the fastest the world had ever seen. A year after the London Treaty was ratified; its restrictions were lifted to accommodate construction of the IOWA Class battleships. The IOWAs were the fastest and most survivable surface ships when they appeared in 1943-44, and they saw service in three additional conflicts, up through 1991. How did these battleships stand the test of time so well? The answer lies in the superior engineering, foresight, and political intrigue associated with their development.
The IOWA Class battleship represented the zenith in classic warship development on the eve of the Second World War. Their design was born of an era filled with political and budgetary constraints, where liberals and conservatives argued about the reality of overseas threats and how to react to them. In 1936, the newly formulated London Naval Treaty forbade the construction of battleships in excess of 35,000 tons displacement. Believing its own intelligence sources regarding Japanese construction, the U.S. Navy went ahead with the design of a 45,000 ton "super battleship" which would be the fastest the world had ever seen. A year after the London Treaty was ratified; its restrictions were lifted to accommodate construction of the IOWA Class battleships. The IOWAs were the fastest and most survivable surface ships when they appeared in 1943-44, and they saw service in three additional conflicts, up through 1991. How did these battleships stand the test of time so well? The answer lies in the superior engineering, foresight, and political intrigue associated with their development.

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Published by: sea.shadow on Aug 07, 2013
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