HMS King George V


The King George V class is the seventh dreadnought design to be completed by the Royal Navy, and the second class of super-dreadnoughts with heavier armament and armour. Fitted with improved 13.5" guns, a stronger power plant, rearranged armour, improved underwater protection and optimized secondary artillery firing arcs, they are a considerable advance from the preceding Orion class. The ships were commissioned in 1912 and 1913.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 15711

Basic damage control capacity: 59%


Displacement: 23000 tons

Length: 182 m

Width: 27 m

Draught: 9 m

Standard crew: 782


Maximum speed (undamaged): 21 knots

Endurance: 12471 km

Coal capacity: 3950 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 12

Hull armour: 8

Main belt armour: 14 (includes backing slope of deck armour)

Deck armour: 1 (sloped at edges to provide additional belt level protection)

Best armour type: Krupp


10 x 13.5in Mk V 1400 lb, centrally controlled. Ammo: 1120 rounds

16 x 4in BL Mk VII, centrally controlled. Ammo: 2400 rounds

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

2 x 21in Mk II(M) Torpedoes, locally controlled. Ammo: 8 torpedoes

Ships in class

  • King George V.
  • Centurion
  • Audacious (†, mined off Ireland on October 1914)
  • Ajax