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HMS Bellerophon (1907)

HMS Bellerophon was the lead ship of her class of three dreadnought battleships built for the Royal Navy in the first decade of the 20th century. She spent her whole career assigned to the Grand Fleets. Aside from participating in the Battle of Jutland in May 1916 and the inconclusive Action of 19 August, her service during the First World War consisted of routine patrols and training in the North Sea; the ship was deemed obsolete after the war and was used as a training ship before she was placed in reserve. Bellerophon was broken up beginning the following year; the design of the Bellerophon class was derived from that of the revolutionary battleship HMS Dreadnought, with a slight increase in size, armour and a more powerful secondary armament. Bellerophon had an overall length of 526 feet, a beam of 82 feet 6 inches, a normal draught of 27 feet, she displaced 18,596 long tons at 22,359 long tons at deep load. In 1909 her crew numbered 680 officers and ratings and 720 in 1910; the Bellerophons were powered by two sets of Parsons direct-drive steam turbines, each driving two shafts, using steam from eighteen Babcock & Wilcox boilers.

The turbines were rated at 23,000 shaft horsepower and intended to give the ship a maximum speed of 21 knots. During Bellerophon's sea trials on 2 November 1908, she reached a top speed of 21.64 knots from 26,836 shp. The ship carried enough coal and fuel oil to give her a range of 5,720 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 10 knots; the Bellerophon class was equipped with ten breech-loading 12-inch Mk X guns in five twin-gun turrets, three along the centreline and the remaining two as wing turrets. The centreline turrets were designated'A','X' and'Y', from front to rear, the port and starboard wing turrets were'P' and'Q' respectively; the secondary, or anti-torpedo boat armament, comprised 16 BL 4-inch Mk VII guns. Two of these guns were each installed on the roofs of the fore and aft centreline turrets and the wing turrets in unshielded mounts, the other eight were positioned in the superstructure. All secondary guns were in single mounts; the ships were fitted with three 18-inch torpedo tubes, one on each broadside and the third in the stern.

The Bellerophon-class ships had a waterline belt of Krupp cemented armour, 10 inches thick between the fore and aftmost barbettes. The three armoured decks ranged in thicknesses from 0.75 to 4 inches. The main battery turret faces were 11 inches thick, the turrets were supported by 9–10 inches thick barbettes. An experimental fire-control director was fitted in the forward spotting top and evaluated in May 1910; the guns on the forward turret roof were transferred to the superstructure in 1913–1914 and the roof guns from the wing turrets were remounted in the aft superstructure about a year later. In addition, a single three-inch anti-aircraft gun was added on the former searchlight platform between the aft turrets. Shortly afterwards, the guns on the aft turret were removed as were one pair from the superstructure. Around the same time another three-inch AA gun was added to the aft turret roof. By May 1916, a director had been installed high on the forward tripod mast, but it was not wired up by the end of the month when the Battle of Jutland was fought.

After the battle 23 long tons of additional deck armour was added. Sometime during the year, the ship was fitted to operate kite balloons. By April 1917, Bellerophon had exchanged the three-inch AA gun on'Y' turret for a four-inch gun and the stern torpedo tube had been removed. In 1918 a high-angle rangefinder was fitted, the starboard aft four-inch gun was removed and the four-inch AA gun was moved to the quarterdeck. After the war ended, both AA guns were removed. Bellerophon was named after the mythic Greek hero Bellerophon and was the third ship of her name to serve in the Royal Navy; the ship was ordered on 30 October 1906 and was laid down at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth on 3 December 1906. She was launched on 27 July 1907 and completed in February 1909. Including her armament, her cost is variously quoted at £1,763,491 or £1,765,342. Bellerophon was commissioned on 20 February 1909, under the command of Captain Hugh Evan-Thomas, assigned to the Nore Division of the Home Fleet, before it was renamed the 1st Division the following month.

She was a participant in combined fleet manoeuvres in June–July and was reviewed by King Edward VII and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia during Cowes Week on 31 July. The ship took part in fleet manoeuvres in April and July and Evan-Thomas was relieved by Captain Trevylyan Napier on 16 August before she began a refit in late 1910 at Portsmouth. Bellerophon participated in the combined exercises for the Mediterranean and Atlantic Fleets in January 1911 and she was damaged in a collision with the battlecruiser Inflexible on 26 May; the ship was present during the Coronation Fleet Review for King George V at Spithead on 24 June and participated in training exercises with the Atlantic Fleet. She was refitted again in the year. On 1 May 1912, the 1st Division was renamed the 1st Battle Squadron; the ship was present in the Parliamentary Naval Review on 9 July at Spithead. Captain Charles Vaughan-Lee relieved Napier on 16 August and Bellerophon participated in manoeuvres in October. In November, she exercised with Greece.

Vaughan-Lee was relieved by Captain Edward Bruen on 18 August 1913 and the ship was tra

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