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Join Date: Dec 2007
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# 30
06-27-2011, 08:36 AM
Originally Posted by mister_dee
An example where this was clearly not the case were the "Glorious", "Furious" and "Courageous" class Large Light Cruisers created by Fisher for the British RN.
Nobody knows what those things were intended for but it is assumed they were for shore bombardment.
But they had a name and a class, that was important.
Actually, their purpose and the rationale of their designation is known; When Fisher returned to the Admiralty in 1915, he wanted more ships with 15 inch guns ordered, and in particular, more battlecruisers. This resulted in two of the Revenge class battleships being reordered as Battlecruisers (Renown and Repulse), but he did not have authorization from Parliment to order any further capital ships (as it was assumed the war would be over long before they'd be completed). He exploited a loophole that allowed him to order more Light Cruisers, hence the "Large Light Cruiser" designation.

The rationale for their design was to support an amphibious assault from the Baltic Sea (A pet project of Fisher's that never came to fruition), which required ships of a shallow draft to support the landings with heavy gunfire. Of course, the design compromises to achieve the shallow draft, high speed, and large guns were so extreme that the ships were tactically rather useless when completed, being built so lightly that they suffered damage from encountering bad weather and firing their own guns.

/history lesson