Eh. They weren't really a bad ship in and of themselves (excluding the single rudder, that was just stupid). They were simply OBE. By the time they entered service the ships they had been designed to hunt and kill had already been hunted and killed. There are a slew of other reasons why they never should have been built, but the ships themselves weren't badOn the second page and nobody has mentioned the Alaska-class big cruisers yet? Useless hunks of shit those were.
Wow. Wiki does not make good reading.IMO the prime example of a warship that should never have been built: RN K-class submarines.
Pocket Battleships definitely don't belong on this list. The Germans needed to start somewhere and the Deutschland's were much more useful than any traditional cruiser or coastal defense ship they could have otherwise built within the limitations of the time period. The Germans were always going to be on the backfoot in ship numbers regardless of their building plan, so an unconventional design like the Deutschland's is the perfect upset the Germans needed. Graf Spee went down because her captain foolishly decided to directly engage enemy warships while undergoing a raiding mission many thousands of miles from home. Graf Spee even so had a fairly decent showing outnumbered 3-1 and constantly splitting her fire between multiple enemy ships. Germany waiting to not build anything is just putting them at even more of a disadvantage when they get into an engagement with their expected enemy, France.Probably the Pocket Battleships. While one can understand German desire to get around treaties they were neither fish nor fowl and it cost them. 11 inch guns meant they would be unable to respond if a Battleship found them and River Plate proved they were no where near being real capital ships as Spee got Mission killed by three lightish cruisers. A good try but best kept in the Baltic with the later ships cancelled and resources moved to getting actual capital ships ready.
I've heard that there supposed shittiness is more of a myth then fact. Supposedly they actually handled pretty well in the mission role they were intended for.
Way too obvious a candidate.An ursine is incoming.
Could the US Coastguard pay their fuel bills, I mean at full speed don't they burn fuel like it's going out of fashion?Way too obvious a candidate.
Lets go modern. Both varieties of the Littoral Combat Ship are massive failures. Damned things can't even pass the standard USN shock testing, which should render them non certifiable for combat operations. Navy needs to paint them white with an orange stripe and give them to the Coast Guard. At least that way they can use their speed to catch drug runners and the Fleet can procure a proper FFG.
It would be nice for the Bundesmarine to get destroyersIm gonna go out on a limb here and say the Baden-Wurttemberg Class frigates. These ships, for their size and displacement seem inadequately armed, especially in the Anti air missile department, the BW only have 2 RAM launchers. These frigates seem to be designed in similar train of thought with the USN LCS, designed and built to deal with "asymmetric" threats and provide support. However, ironically, it seems that the previous frigates (Bremen Class) that the BW class are replacing seem more heavily armed to deal with any threats then the BW itself. If there is to be a traditional "shooting war" with missile attacks against NATO/ German naval forces, the BW class are in serious trouble, what good are water cannons (yes, these ships have water cannons) are gonna be against mach 1 capable sea skimming anti ship missiles?
While American super dreadnoughts and World War 2 era battleships are good, early American battleships were hunks of shit. The USS South Carolina was so bad her engine broke down in World War 1.What are some steel era warships (1859-present) that should never been commissioned?
In my opinion, the USS Maine was one of the worst battleships ever built. It was already obsolete when she was commissioned. Her design was just so ugly and bad. However, she was important to creating the modern US Navy and turning the US Navy into a real blue water navy, and the US Navy (or even the USA as we know it) would not exist without her.
A larger version of the Sachsen class would be perfect. Granted with the Sachsen class frigates being the most expensive German naval warship to date, i don't want to see the price tag on a destroyer variant...It would be nice for the Bundesmarine to get destroyers
That's really not that unusual for any ship of that era. Even today it's not unheard of for a ship to throw a prop. Neither was it uncommon for a throttle valve to go bad. Considering the congressionally imposed limits on their size, the South Carolinas were amazing ships. They were both well armed and well armored. They managed a broadside equal to any ship then afloat on several thousand tons less displacement. They were superior ships to Dreadnaught in all respects except speed.While American super dreadnoughts and World War 2 era battleships are good, early American battleships were hunks of shit. The USS South Carolina was so bad her engine broke down in World War 1.
From Wikipedia : On 16 September, the three battleships left the convoy in the Atlantic and steamed back to the United States, while other escorts brought the convoy into port. On the 17th, South Carolina lost her starboard propeller, which forced her to reduce speed to 11 kn (20 km/h; 13 mph) using only the port shaft. On 20 September, the port engine stopped after a throttle valve broke down. She got underway temporarily using an auxiliary throttle before severe vibration forced her to stop for six hours while the main throttle was fixed. Four days later, the ships reached the United States and South Carolinamade her way to Philadelphia for repairs.
I tried SO hard not to have to pore more venom out on the Alaska Class, but no...Eh. They weren't really a bad ship in and of themselves (excluding the single rudder, that was just stupid). They were simply OBE. By the time they entered service the ships they had been designed to hunt and kill had already been hunted and killed. There are a slew of other reasons why they never should have been built, but the ships themselves weren't bad