Brian Lane Herder
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HMS Rodney (pennant number 29) was one of two Nelson-class battleships built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1920s. She was named after Admiral Lord Rodney. The Nelsons were unique in British battleship construction, being the only ships to carry a main armament of 16 inch (406 mm) guns, and the only ones to carry all the main armament forward of the superstructure. As her superstructure was located aft of midships.
Queen Elizabeth class battleship HMS Barham in Suda Bay, Crete, February 1941. She did not receive a modern 'box' bridge structure like 3 of her 4 sisters in the 1930s. The following month she took part in the Battle of Cape Matapan (a resounding victory), but in November she was torpedoed by U 331 off Egypt and blew up with heavy loss of life.