For Queen and country!
Battleships are a product of the old doctrine that existed in the United Kingdom for nearly a century, the 'two-power standard': the Royal Navy had to maintain a force at least equal to the next two largest navies in the world combined. In cooperation with the French, in any potential conflict the British had to secure the Atlantic, North Sea and the English Channel, while the French had to secure the Mediterranean Sea. Even after the First Great War, the British and the French were still expanding their naval fleets in large numbers, with multiple Battleships that were ready just before the Second Great War. Relatively, the number of Battleships was so big that in many cases, battleships at least 40 years old were still present during the final stages of the Second Great War.
After the Soviets were defeated in the Second Great War, the number of battleships was so large that, instead of scuttling or retiring them in favor of Aircraft Carriers, it was better to modernize them instead. The cannons were replaced with larger caliber guns, and other equipment like radar and communications were entirely replaced with newer ones. When the Soviets made their move against Europe and the United States once more, Battleships were used to defend the British Isles from Soviet invasion in tandem with the Gladius Network, keeping them safe for many more months. They gave the Allies a significant advantage over their enemies and proved the unmatched strength of the Allied navy.
The Battleship is one of the best ships for naval warfare due to its long range. They are primarily used for supporting Allied forces from both sea and land, while Aircraft Carriers deal with fortified defenses. It is capable of dealing heavy damage to both ships and vehicles it hits. Their projectiles scatter around making them ideal for dealing high splash damage to any unit nearby.
Unfortunately, they aren't effective against structures and infantry, which necessitates escorts that are able to deal with such targets. Their projectiles are inaccurate against fast units. They also vulnerable to anti-ship weapons, submarines and aircraft, especially if they attack inside its minimum range. They are more expensive than the Aircraft Carriers and the slowest ship in the game.
- Battleships make their debut in Sunlight. Shortly after the mission begins, they'll arrive to aid the Allied forces and become buildable in the Naval Shipyard.
- Prior to the Covert Ops mission Obstinate, PsiCorps has mind controlled four Battleships. Initially they'll shell the city of Cannes until attacked, and their destruction is one of the mission objectives.
- Prior to Balance of Power, four Battleships docked in Bordeaux have been captured by the Soviets. After the player on the 1st starting position repairs the broken bridge connecting to their partner and the ensuing Soviet onslaught is repelled, both players will be tasked with reclaiming the Battleships by destroying all Soviet forces around them, at which point the Battleships will set sail to aid the Allies in the English Channel.