- n. an operational naval task force consisting of a variety of surface combatants designed to operate as an coordinated unit; subdivided into battle groups
- n. a fleet of warships prepared for battle
“At 2: 35 p.m., as Beatty was turning his battle cruisers toward Hipper and leaving Evan-Thomas behind, Jellicoe signaled the battle fleet to raise steam for full speed.”
“By including them, he handicapped himself by reducing the speed of the German battle line to 18 knots and awarding the British battle fleet a 2-knot advantage.”
“Ingenohl would support Hipper by taking the dreadnought battle fleet to the eastern edge of the Dogger Bank.”
“For Jellicoe, as for Scheer, the appearance of the enemy battle fleet in this part of the North Sea was a surprise.”
“Jellicoe with the battle fleet and Beatty with the battle cruisers and fast battleships were both moving eastward.”
“On March 5, he took the fleet to a position off Texel at the mouth of the Zuider Zee, the farthest south the German battle fleet would venture during the war.”
“But his own battle fleet would be at sea, and if — as he hoped — either Beatty or Tyrwhitt came out to intercept, these separate elements of the British fleet would be overwhelmed.”
“Unless they could find a way out, the grand battle fleet of Tyre was trapped.”
“Calmly smoking his cigar, he immediately but erroneously signaled Scheer that the British battle fleet was in sight.”
“Until the threat could be dealt with, Jellicoe suggested, he should operate the battle fleet at a latitude of 60 degrees north — above the Orkneys — with a line of cruisers spread 120 miles to the south to continue the blockade.”
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