Monday, July 12, 2010

The two Battlecruisers

In 1908, it was announced that, due to the new German dreadnought program, the royal navy would embark on a program that would result in no less than eight Battleships and Armored Cruisers. From 1906, the Royal navy was working on a new type of Armored Cruiser that would eventually not only replace the Battleship, but replace the Battleship concept itself, possibly the oldest military concept of all. Its name is Invincible, and it lies on the seabed where it was destroyed in 1916 during the battle of Jutland. Although they were lightly armored and as ships they seemed to be failures, their German adversaries being strong and powerful ships, in my mind at least the British concept wins the day, for out of it rose the first of a kind that would destroy the age old clash of surface fleet vs surface fleet. There are two kinds of these ships, those deemed failures by many interested in the subject. The first is ships like Invincible, those that carry heavy guns. The second has examples all over the world, prowling the seas in peaceful and violent operations alike. Today, I will examine the sole example of what is usually called an "Aircraft Carrier" that I have seen, the USS Lexington, a museum ship in Corpus Christi, Texas( Please Visit!) Lexington was commissioned in 1943, and served with distinction in the Pacific Theater of World War Two. Originally to be named Cabot, she was renamed in honor of the CV-2 sunk in 1942. She served under Halsey at Leyte,and thus engaged Ozawa's decoy squadron. She also has the distinction of being hit by a Kamikaze. That is all, Christopher.

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