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Veracruz, Mexico Battleship laid down 1918Edit

The Veracruz class was the first native battleship laid down by the Mexican Navy designed solely by Mexico. While it was the second class of modern battleship to enter service with the Armada the preceding class had been built primarily from a licensed design produced by the Spanish. Veracruz, thus, represents Mexico's continuing push, starting after the end of the Spanish-American war, to build a Navy competitive with her nearest and fiercest neighbors.

Veracruz, Mexico Battleship laid down 1918

DisplacementEdit

     29,038 t light; 30,840 t standard; 32,100 t normal; 33,108 t full load

DimensionsEdit

     Length (overall / waterline) x beam x draught (normal/deep)
     (654.10 ft / 645.00 ft) x 92.00 ft x (32.00 / 32.82 ft)
     (199.37 m / 196.60 m) x 28.04 m  x (9.75 / 10.00 m)

ArmamentEdit

     12 - 14.96" / 380 mm 45.0 cal guns - 1,640.00lbs / 743.89kg shells, 100 per gun
       Breech loading guns in turret on barbette mounts, 1916 Model
       4 x 3-gun mounts on centreline ends, evenly spread
           2 raised mounts - superfiring
     16 - 5.00" / 127 mm 38.0 cal guns - 59.33lbs / 26.91kg shells, 120 per gun
       Quick firing guns in deck and hoist mounts, 1918 Model
       8 x Twin mounts on sides, evenly spread
     12 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm 39.0 cal guns - 1.47lbs / 0.67kg shells, 300 per gun
       Quick firing guns in deck mounts, 1914 Model
       6 x Twin mounts on sides, evenly spread
     12 - 0.50" / 12.7 mm 12.0 cal guns - 0.04lbs / 0.02kg shells, 1,000 per gun
       Machine guns in deck mounts, 1909 Model
       6 x Single mounts on sides, forward deck aft
       6 x Single mounts on sides, aft deck aft
     Weight of broadside 20,647 lbs / 9,366 kg

ArmourEdit

     - Belts:		Width (max)	Length (avg)		Height (avg)
       Main:	13.5" / 343 mm	340.00 ft / 103.63 m	15.00 ft / 4.57 m
       Ends:	Unarmoured
           Main Belt covers 81 % of normal length
           Main Belt inclined 18.00 degrees (positive = in)
     
     - Torpedo Bulkhead - Additional damage containing bulkheads:
           3.00" / 76 mm	340.00 ft / 103.63 m	32.00 ft / 9.75 m
       Beam between torpedo bulkheads 85.00 ft / 25.91 m
     
     - Gun armour:	Face (max)	Other gunhouse (avg)	Barbette/hoist (max)
       Main:	13.0" / 330 mm	10.0" / 254 mm		11.0" / 279 mm
       2nd:	2.00" / 51 mm	1.00" / 25 mm		1.00" / 25 mm
     
     - Armoured deck - single deck:
     For and Aft decks: 6.00" / 152 mm
     Forecastle: 1.00" / 25 mm  Quarter deck: 1.00" / 25 mm
     
     - Conning towers: Forward 10.00" / 254 mm, Aft 4.00" / 102 mm

MachineryEdit

     Oil fired boilers, steam turbines, 
     Geared drive, 3 shafts, 41,749 shp / 31,145 Kw = 22.00 kts
     Range 6,300nm at 12.00 kts
     Bunker at max displacement = 2,269 tons

ComplementEdit

     1,198 - 1,558

CostEdit

     £6.387 million / $25.549 million

Distribution of weights at normal displacementEdit

     Armament: 4,292 tons, 13.4 %
       - Guns: 4,290 tons, 13.4 %
     Armour: 11,938 tons, 37.2 %
       - Belts: 3,109 tons, 9.7 %
       - Torpedo bulkhead: 1,208 tons, 3.8 %
       - Armament: 3,298 tons, 10.3 %
       - Armour Deck: 4,018 tons, 12.5 %
       - Conning Towers: 305 tons, 0.9 %
     Machinery: 1,506 tons, 4.7 %
     Hull, fittings & equipment: 11,302 tons, 35.2 %
     Fuel, ammunition & stores: 3,062 tons, 9.5 %
     Miscellaneous weights: 0 tons, 0.0 %

Overall survivability and seakeeping abilityEdit

     Survivability (Non-critical penetrating hits needed to sink ship):
       38,516 lbs / 17,470 Kg = 23.0 x 15.0 " / 380 mm shells or 5.6 torpedoes
     Stability (Unstable if below 1.00): 1.06
     Metacentric height 5.0 ft / 1.5 m
     Roll period: 17.4 seconds
     Steadiness	- As gun platform (Average = 50 %): 42 %
                       - Recoil effect (Restricted arc if above 1.00): 1.00
     Seaboat quality  (Average = 1.00): 1.01

Hull form characteristicsEdit

     Hull has a flush deck,
      a normal bow and a cruiser stern
     Block coefficient (normal/deep): 0.592 / 0.595
     Length to Beam Ratio: 7.01 : 1
     'Natural speed' for length: 25.40 kts
     Power going to wave formation at top speed: 43 %
     Trim (Max stability = 0, Max steadiness = 100): 35
     Bow angle (Positive = bow angles forward): 18.00 degrees
     Stern overhang: 0.00 ft / 0.00 m
     Freeboard (% = length of deck as a percentage of waterline length):
                                   Fore end,	 Aft end
       - Forecastle:	18.00 %,  28.00 ft / 8.53 m,  17.00 ft / 5.18 m
       - Forward deck:	32.00 %,  17.00 ft / 5.18 m,  17.00 ft / 5.18 m
       - Aft deck:	32.00 %,  17.00 ft / 5.18 m,  17.00 ft / 5.18 m
       - Quarter deck:	18.00 %,  17.00 ft / 5.18 m,  17.00 ft / 5.18 m
       - Average freeboard:		17.79 ft / 5.42 m

Ship space, strength and commentsEdit

     Space	- Hull below water (magazines/engines, low = better): 76.4 %
               - Above water (accommodation/working, high = better): 116.3 %
     Waterplane Area: 43,063 Square feet or 4,001 Square metres
     Displacement factor (Displacement / loading): 95 %
     Structure weight / hull surface area: 218 lbs/sq ft or 1,064 Kg/sq metre
     Hull strength (Relative):
           - Cross-sectional: 0.95
           - Longitudinal: 1.49
           - Overall: 1.00
     Excellent machinery, storage, compartmentation space
     Adequate accommodation and workspace room

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