The General Board, having just finished the design of the Nevada-class battleship, moved on towards the seventh class of US dreadnought design issuing the 1913 design parameters on 9 June 1911, 12 14”/45 main guns, 22 5”/51 secondaries, 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph), and Nevada-class armor scheme. Minor rearranging of the secondary guns into fire control groups was designated and the 2 aft most positions being eliminated. The Bureau of Construction and Repair wanted to remain with the Nevada class battleship design however the strength of the General Board was again shown by demanding better ships from C&R Bureau and overcoming stagnation as it had done with the Nevadas. The resulting ship now carried twelve 14”/45 by using triple turrets in all 4 positions that would be carried on in each succeeding class up to the Colorado class when twin 16 inch (410 mm) turrets were introduced.
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