HMS Nelson file photo [18819]


CountryUnited Kingdom
Ship ClassNelson-class Battleship
Hull Number28
BuilderArmstrong-Whitworth, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom
Yard Number991
Laid Down28 Dec 1922
Launched3 Sep 1925
Commissioned15 Aug 1927
Decommissioned19 May 1948
Displacement33,800 tons standard; 38,390 tons full
Length710 feet
Beam106 feet
Draft30 feet
Machinery8 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
Power Output45,000 shaft horsepower
Speed23 knots
Range7,000nm at 16 knots
Armament3x3x406mm guns, 6x2x152mm guns, 6x120mm anti-aircraft guns, 8x40mm 2pdr anti-aircraft guns, 2x622mm torpedo tubes
Armor330-356mm waterline belt, 108-159mm deck, 305-381mm barbettes, 229-406mm gun turrets, 152-356mm conning tower, 102-305mm bulkheads


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Nelson Operational Timeline

30 Oct 1939 U-56 fired three G7e (TII) torpedoes on HMS Rodney near the Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom; all three missed the target, but two of them hit HMS Nelson situated directly behind HMS Rodney.


HMS Nelson entering Portsmouth harbor, Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom, early-1930s.Force H warships HMS Duke of York, HMS Nelson, HMS Renown, HMS Formidable, and HMS Argonaut underway off North Africa, Nov 1942HMS Nelson and HMS Formidable in the Mediterranean Sea, 1942-1943HMS Rodney at Valetta, Malta, Jul 1943

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HMS Nelson entering Portsmouth harbor, Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom, early-1930s.
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