Book Review-‘ Silver State Dreadnought: The remarkable story of battleship ‘Nevada’’ by S. M. Younger

By Eric Grove, published March 2021


USS Nevada was one of the first of a new generation of American dreadnoughts. She and her half-sister Oklahoma pioneered ‘all or nothing’ protection and oil burning as designed. She had turbines, but the US Navy was still worried about potential range disadvantages of these power plants and thus made Oklahoma a reciprocating engined vessel, the last such capital ship built for the USN. The author waxes lyrical about his subject being the first real super-dreadnought, a somewhat distorted claim. Nevada was commissioned in March 1916 armed with ten 14-inch guns in four turrets. By that time the Royal Navy deployed five faster, oil burning, Queen Elizabeth-class ships each armed with eight 15-inch guns, not to mention no fewer than 16 turbine engined 13.5-inch gun super-dreadnoughts, in both battleship and battle cruiser form. A new 15-inch battleship, HMS Revenge, was commissioned the same month as the Nevada. She was thus not the ‘newest battleship in the world’. The British Empire still maintained a two-power standard against Germany and the USA. Just as it was then, it seems to be difficult for Americans to accept this…

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