1 historical A type of battleship introduced in the early 20th century, larger and faster than its predecessors and equipped entirely with large-caliber guns.
Named after Britain's HMS Dreadnought, which was the first to be completed (1906)
- John Fisher was astute enough to support most technical developments - such as submarines and the dreadnoughts - and his impact on naval policy on World War One cannot be disputed.
- Instead, for political reasons, he got dreadnoughts - which were then stationed near home.
- In addition to these vessels, Congress authorized seven dreadnoughts in 1916 and seven fast battleships in 1940, none of which was finished.
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