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Re: Wet, but seaworthy
Taking the ships out of service for the time needed to modify them was probably not seriously considered by the thinly-stretched RN. They had to remain on constant alert while the German's could afford to have their ships out of service. (The Scharnhorst mods were done in the last days of peace anyway.) The British ships could still function "as-is", and the shipyards were already overworked on other repairs and modification that were critically needed.
Yes, agreed, but given that the Germans were able to modify the bow of the Scharnhorst class, why did the RN not do something similar? Maintaining speed in heavy seas must have been severely hampered.
I had always wondered about that particular requirement for this class of ship.
The requirement for all round 0-degree firing ability was such that they could fight at close range in any bad weather/night time encounter - the RN was concerned at how dangerous torpedo equipped ships might be, and medium calibre weapons might not cause enough damage quickly enough to stop torpedoes being launched. They were particularly concerned about torpedo equipped heavy cruisers.
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