Indefatigable Class

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Battleship histories. Royal naval battleship HMS Indefatigable, HMS Australia and HMS (RNZN) New Zealand. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS Indefatigable, HMS Australia and HMS (RNZN)  New Zealand from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Indefatigable, HMS Australia and HMS (RNZN)  New Zealand.

After completion, HMS New Zealand was placed at the disposal of the Royal Navy as was HMS Australia. HMS Indefatigable took part in the pursuit of Goeben in the Mediterranean in 1914. HMS New Zealand joined HMS Indefatigable at the Battle of Jutland where the latter was hit by shells from Von Der Tann and sank so quickly that only 2 crew could be rescued. HMS New Zealand received only slight damage. HMS Australia collided with HMS Repulse and after repair the former was released from the Grand Fleet and returned to Australia where she was eventually stricken and scuttled on April 12 1924. New Zealand was sold for scrap on 19th December 1923.

Displacement: 19,100    Speed: 25.8 knots   Compliment: 820 increasing to 850 in wartime.

Armament: Eight 12-inch guns in pairs and sixteen 4 -inch guns.  One or two 3 inch anti aircraft guns in 1915/16 and from 1917 one 4 inch Anti Aircraft Gun.

HMS INDEFATIGABLE 28TH OCTOBER 1909 SUNK 31ST MAY 1916.
HMS AUSTRALIA (RAN) 25TH OCTOBER 1911 SCUTTLED 12TH APRIL 1924.
HMS (RNZN) NEW ZEALAND 1ST JULY 1911 SOLD FOR SCRAP 19TH DECEMBER 1922.

HMS Australia (RAN)

HMS Australia. Built by John Brown on the Clyde, laid down on the 23rd June 1910 and launched 25th October 1911 completed June 1913.  was to be the new Flagship of the Australian navy, at the outbreak of world war one, she became the flagship of the North American and west Indies station. Following this role she became the flagship of the combines Australian and new Zealand force in the Pacific set up to counter the threat from the German Squadron under Von Spee. After the Battle of the Falklands she joined the search for the German Supply ships of von Spees squadron. after this role she joined the 2nd battle Cruiser squadron of the Grand Fleet as Flagship. Missing at the Battle of Jutland as she was being repaired after her collision with her sister ship HMS New Zealand. After the war she returned to Australia as flagship in 1919 but under the Disarmament treaty of Washington she was ceremonially scuttled off Sydney Heads on 12th April 1924.

HMS Australia

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HMS Australia, 1912.

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Crew of HMAS Australia.

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Crew of HMAS Australia.

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Crew members of HMAS Australia.

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HMS New Zealand (RNZN)

The New Zealand was taken on a cruise of the Dominions in 1913 before joining the 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron, she then served with the Grand Fleet in 1914 before becoming flagship to the 2nd cruiser squadron in 1915.

HMS New Zealand was built by Fairfield and  was completed in February 1912. she was presented to the Royal navy   In February she left for a world cruiser around the Dominions which took 10 months  she then joined the 1st battle Cruiser Squadron on a cruise to the Baltic and then joined the Grand Fleet in August 1914 becoming the flagship of the 2nds Battle Cruiser Squadron in January 1915 until February 1915. At the Battle of Dogger Bank she fired a total of 147 12 - inch shells with out any known hits of the German Ships. She became Flagship to Admiral Beattie when his Flagship HMS Lion was  damaged during the battle. On the 22nd April HMS New Zealand and HMS Australia collided but repairs were carried out in time for the  Battle of Jutland. During the battle she fired 420 shells which was more than any other dreadnaught during the Battle but only scored 4 hits.  HMS New Zealand was also hit by a 11-inch shell which hit X turret without any major damage or \casualties. after September 1916 she again joined the 2nd battle cruiser squadron and after the war Carried Admiral Jellicoe on a tour of the Dominions.  Listed for Disposal under the Washington treaty she was sold for breaking up ion the 19th December 1923.

HMS New Zealand

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HMS New Zealand

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Football team of HMS New Zealand, 1916.

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Crew of HMS New Zealand.

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HMS New Zealand

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