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USS OGEL on patrol at Brick-a-laide 2016

Images courtesy of @hellobenteoh (Instagram)

 

Based on the United States Navy Alaska Class Battlecruisers

 

Model Facts:

3.7 meters long

over 7,500 pieces

4 months build time

modularised into 3 sections for transport

 

Real Ship Facts:

The Alaska class consisted of six large cruisers ordered before World War II for the United States Navy. They were officially classed as large cruisers (CB), but others have regarded them as battlecruisers. They were all named after territories or insular areas of the United States, signifying their intermediate status between larger battleships and smaller heavy and lighter cruisers. Of the six planned, two were completed, the third's construction was suspended on 16 April 1947, and the last three were canceled. Alaska and Guam served with the U.S. Navy for the last year of World War II as bombardment ships and fast carrier escorts. They were decommissioned in 1947 after spending only 32 and 29 months in service, respectively.

 

The idea for a large cruiser class originated in the early 1930s when the U.S. Navy sought to counter Deutschland-class "pocket battleships" being launched by Germany. Planning for ships that eventually evolved into the Alaska class began in the late 1930s after the deployment of Germany's Scharnhorst-class battleships and rumors that Japan was constructing a new battlecruiser class. To serve as "cruiser-killers" capable of seeking out and destroying these post-Treaty heavy cruisers, the class was given large guns of a new and expensive design, limited armor protection against 12-inch shells, and machinery capable of speeds of about 31–33 knots (36–38 mph, 58–61 km/h).

 

Class & type:

Alaska-class large cruiser

Displacement:

Standard: 29,779 long tons (30,257 t)

Full load: 34,253 long tons (34,803 t)

Length:

808 ft 6 in (246.4 m)

Beam:

91 ft 1 in (27.8 m)

Draft:

31 ft 10 in (9.7 m)

Installed power:

153,000 shaft horsepower (114,000 kW)

Propulsion:

General Electric steam turbines 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers 4 shafts

Speed:

33 knots (61 km/h; 38 mph)

Range:

12,000 nautical miles (22,000 km; 14,000 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

Crew:

1,517

Armament:

9 × 12-inch/50 caliber (305 mm), 12 × 5 in (127 mm) guns, 56 × 40 mm (1.6 in) guns, 34 × 20 mm (0.79 in) guns

Armor:

Belt: 9 in (229 mm)

Turrets: 12.8 in (325 mm)

Deck: 4 in (102 mm)

Aircraft carried:

4

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Uploaded on March 29, 2016