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Fleet

Royal Navy

Ship Type

Battle-cruiser

Nickname

Ship Class

Invincible

Grouping

3rd Battlecruiser Squadron

Command

Battle-Cruiser Fleet

Builder's Yard

Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering, Glasgow

Budget Year

1906 Estimates

Construction Notes

Date Laid Down

01.03.1906

Launch Date

16.03.1907

Completed date

Commission date

20.06.1908

Year laid down

Year launched

1908

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

Photo Details

12" guns on HMS Indomitable. P and Q turrets are elevated and turned inboard. Photo from the after shelter deck looking forward. Source: LOC 16724

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Sister ships

Sold fro scrap 1st December 1921

Eventual Fate

Jutland result

Around 18:20 when the Grand Fleet was deploying, the BCF was roughly 9,000 yards from Hipper's SG. Indominatable hit Derfflinger three times, Seydlitz once. About 20:19, Inflexible and Indomitable spotted the SG around 10,000 yards off as the sun was setting. Seydlitz was hit 5 times before Mauve's pre-dreadnoughts joined. Three of his ships were then hit when the two British battle-cruisers shifted fire to the larger and new threat.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Captain Francis W. Kennedy

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

784 (near 1,000 war)

Officers

Ratings

Killed

Wounded

Prisoners

Displacement full Load (tons)

20,722

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

567

Length (mtrs)

172.8

Beam (ft)

78,7

Beam (mtrs)

23.9

Draught (ft)

25

Draught (mtrs)

29.9

Max. Speed (knots)

25.5

Range (miles)

3,560 at 10 kts

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Propulsion

4 shafts operated by two Parsons direct-drive steam turbine sets. Used 31 Babcock and Wilcox boilers. Rated 41,000 shp.

Armour Main Belt

4" - 6" ( 102- 152 mm)

Deck Armour

1.5" - 2.5" (38 - 64 mm)

Turret Armour IN CM

7" (178 mm)

Conning Tower Armour

6" - 10" (152 - 254 mm)

Barbette Armour

7" (178 mm)

Weight of armour

Armour / Displacement Ratio

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Other terms other than "armoured cruiser" had been used in the type description - "cruiser-battleship", "dreadnought cruiser" as well as "battle-cruiser".

Fire Control Table

Dreyer Mk 1

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

BL 12" Mk X

No. Primary Turrets

4

Guns (No.barrels)

8

Primary gun layout

Rounds per main gun

Effective broadside guns

6

Primary shell Weight (inches or cm)

850

Primary Broadside Weight

5100

Secondary Gun Calibre

Guns (No.barrels) 2

Rounds per secondary

Other Armament

Elevation (degrees)

13.5

Gunnery Range (yards)

18850

Gunnery Range (metres)

Rate of Fire (rds per minute)

2

Shells expended Main

Mines dropped

Shells expended Secondary

Torpedoes fired

Gunnery Notes

Torpedo Type IN

No. tubes

Torpedo Type MM

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources