HMS Colossus

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HMS Colossus
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HMS Colossus
AB RB SB
6.0 6.0 6.0
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Description

The Colossus-class, HMS Colossus, 1918 is a rank V British battleship with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "New Power".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel254 / 279 / 44 mm
Main fire tower279 / 179 / 305 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure16 mm (steel)
Number of section10
Displacement22 700 t
Crew755 people

Talk about the vehicle's armour. Note the most well-defended and most vulnerable zones, e.g. the ammo magazine. Evaluate the composition of components and assemblies responsible for movement and manoeuvrability. Evaluate the survivability of the primary and secondary armaments separately. Don't forget to mention the size of the crew, which plays an important role in fleet mechanics. Save tips on preserving survivability for the "Usage in battles" section. If necessary, use a graphical template to show the most well-protected or most vulnerable points in the armour.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB49 / 25 km/h
RB42 / 22 km/h

Write about the ship's mobility. Evaluate its power and manoeuvrability, rudder rerouting speed, stopping speed at full tilt, with its maximum forward and reverse speed.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 49 25
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 42 22

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB35 110 → 44 098 Sl icon.png
RB70 000 → 87 920 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications282 000 Rp icon.png
419 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training230 000 Sl icon.png
Experts790 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces780 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
420 / 500 / 100 % Sl icon.png
202 / 202 / 202 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
31 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
46 000 Sl icon.png
640 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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Fire Protection System
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Shrapnel Protection
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Ventilation
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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New Pumps
Research:
31 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
46 000 Sl icon.png
640 Ge icon.png
Mods ship ammo wetting.png
Ammo Wetting
Research:
31 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
46 000 Sl icon.png
640 Ge icon.png
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305mm_uk_4crh_mk6a_navy_apc_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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230 Ge icon.png
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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102mm_uk_bl_mk7_navy_cpc_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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305mm_uk_4crh_mk7a_navy_cpc_ammo_pack
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png

Armament

Primary armament

5 х Turret2 x 12 inch/50 Mark XI cannon
Ammunition200 rounds
Vertical guidance-5° / 15°

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Secondary armament

13 х Turret4 inch/50 BL Mark VII cannon
Ammunition150 rounds

Some ships are fitted with weapons of various calibres. Secondary armaments are defined as weapons chosen with the control Select secondary weapon. Evaluate the secondary armaments and give advice on how to use them. Describe the ammunition available for the secondary armament. Provide recommendations on how to use them and which ammunition to choose. Remember that any anti-air armament, even heavy calibre weapons, belong in the next section. If there is no secondary armament, remove this section.

Anti-aircraft armament

Turret76 mm/45 QF 3in 20cwt HA Mark I cannon
Ammunition150 rounds

An important part of the ship's armament responsible for air defence. Anti-aircraft armament is defined by the weapon chosen with the control Select anti-aircraft weapons. Talk about the ship's anti-air cannons and machine guns, the number of guns and their positions, their effective range, and about their overall effectiveness – including against surface targets. If there are no anti-aircraft armaments, remove this section.

Additional armament

Setup 114 x 21 inch Mark I torpedo

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Solid main battery of ten 305 mm guns is a major threat to any warship.
  • Superior armour penetration than the 305 mm guns of HMS Invincible and HMS Dreadnought.
  • Access to SAP rounds that can deal heavy damage to lightly armoured vessels such as destroyers and cruisers.
  • Secondary battery of thirteen 102 mm guns can easily thwart attacks from small unarmoured craft and destroyers.
  • Strong vertical belt armour and well protected magazines, even better with angling.
  • Has access to underwater torpedoes with 11 km range.

Cons:

  • Slow top speed, lacklustre mobility and large size makes it an easy target for shells, bombs and torpedoes alike.
  • Overall thin deck armour, extremely vulnerable to aircraft bombs and long range plunging hits.
  • Weak main battery turret roof armour will often lead to damage to the gun breeches and turret rotation when hit.
  • Somewhat weak athwartship armour leaves the ship potentially vulnerable to penetrating hits from the front.
  • The 305 mm APC shells, while better than other British 6.0 ships, will struggle to penetrate battleship armour beyond 10 km, and have weak post-penetration damage.
  • 102 mm SAPBC shells have very low penetration, making the secondary battery essentially useless against any ship larger than a destroyer.
  • Virtually non-existent anti-aircraft armament makes the ship a prime target for enemy bombers.
  • Like all underwater torpedo tubes, the torpedo armament has limited firing angles which makes the torpedoes largely situational.

History

The HMS Colossus in 1910.

HMS Colossus was the lead-ship of the two-member Colossus-class, the 5th class of dreadnought battleships constructed for the Royal Navy. Named after the Colossus of Rhodes, she was launched in 1910 and commissioned in 1911. She served in training activities before the start of the First World War, and served as part of the First Battle Squadron for the majority of the war. She participated in the Battle of Jutland, and became a training ship following the war. She was hulked in 1923, and scrapped in 1928.[1][2]

Design and development

The HMS Colossus was of a similar design to the other dreadnoughts of its era. It displaced over 20 thousand tons standard and was 166 metres long;[1] similar to its predecessors, it was capable of making 21 knots (39 km/h). The Colossus was armed with a main armament of five dual 305 mm (12-inch) guns, with three mounted on the centreline and two at beam positions.[1] However, unlike the preceding dreadnoughts, one of its beam turrets faced backwards. The ship was also equipped with numerous secondary guns,[1] though its anti-aircraft guns were sparse with just a single mount. The Colossus was the last British dreadnought to carry a 12-inch main armament, as future designs switched to the more potent 13.5-inch (343 mm) guns.[1]

The HMS Colossus was ordered in 1909, and laid down in the summer of that year. It was launched in April of 1910, and completed in early 1911.[1][2]

Service history

Following her sea trials, the HMS Colossus served with the British 2nd Battle Squadron and participated in the Fleet Review of July 1912.[2] Following the start of the First World War, Colossus participated in the Battle of Jutland; she was hit by two German shells, making her the only British dreadnought to be damaged.[2] The battle was tactically inconclusive, but served as a strategic victory for the Allies as the German fleet would never sail again. In 1917, Colossus was recalled for a refit; she rejoined the British grand fleet in 1918 but the war had drawn to a close.[1] As a result, Colossus was placed into reserve as the flagship of the reserve fleet; she later served as a training ship for the Royal Navy Cadets.[2] Following the Washington naval treaty, Colossus was sold for scrapping, and was eventually scrapped in 1928.[2]

Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the ship;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Staff Writer. (2016)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Naval Encyclopedia. (2019)

Bibliography

  • Staff Writer. (2016, December 17). HMS Colossus Dreadnought Battleship. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://www.militaryfactory.com/ships/detail.asp?ship_id=hms-colossus-united-kingdom
  • Naval Encyclopedia. (2019, March 31). Colossus Class Battleships (1909). Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/ww1/UK/colossus-class


Britain battleships
HMS Colossus · HMS Dreadnought