HMS Indefatigable


After the groundbreaking appearance of its predecessors, this second class of British battlecruisers was created as an improved and enlarged version of the Invincible class, with a longer endurance, a rearranged armour protection and an optimized turret placement for better firing arcs. Two of them were built for service in the navies of His Majesties dominions New Zealand and Australia, and thus received their names. All three have already seen much action in the current conflict, HMS Indefatigable took part in the hunt for SMS Goeben, and New Zealand was engaged in the successful battles of Heligoland and the Dogger Bank. The ships were commissioned from 1911 to 1913.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 6711

Basic damage control capacity: 68%


Displacement: 18500 tons

Length: 180 m

Width: 24 m

Draught: 8 m

Standard crew: 800


Maximum speed (undamaged): 25 knots

Endurance: 11729 km

Coal capacity: 4210 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 10

Hull armour: 4

Main belt armour: 9 (includes backing slope of deck armour)

Deck armour: 1.5 (sloped at edges to provide additional belt level protection)

Best armour type: Krupp


8 x 12 inch Mk X, centrally controlled. Ammo: 640 rounds

14 x 4in BL Mk VII, centrally controlled. Ammo: 1400 rounds

1 x 12-pdr 20cwt HA Mk Is, locally controlled. Ammo: 200 rounds

3 x 18in Mk VII Torpedoes, locally controlled. Ammo: 12 torpedoes

Ships in class

  • Indefatigable
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

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