Welcome to Operation Majestic Titan ("OMT"), the code name for a long-term collaboration that will improve Wikipedia's coverage of all battleship- and battlecruiser-related articles. If you would like to participate, please add your name to the list of contributors, and feel free to like our Facebook page. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or anything else, please leave a message on the talk page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
This objective is designated "Phase I." In the future, we are going to working on improving weapons, sub-systems, and other miscellaneous subjects that relate to battleships. In our preliminary planning, these have been designated as Phases II through V.
Weaponry: all guns aboard the battleships or battlecruisers in question will be covered under this phase, to include missiles, CIWS, electronic warfare, and anti-submarine warfare, fire control systems, and other ordnance-related systems.
For a project of this magnitude it will take several years to complete each of the separate phases. Therefore some smaller goals have been defined for our members to work towards, which currently are:
In total 25% Featured articles/lists: 87.9% complete
In total 75% Good articles or higher: 89.7% complete
30 Good or Featured topics: 73.3% complete
We hope to eventually attain:
50% Featured Articles/Lists: 43.8% complete
All Good Articles or higher: 67.4% complete
Origins of the name
"In Greek mythology, the Titans were greater even than the gods. They ruled their universe with absolute power! Well that football field out there tonight, that's our universe. Let's rule it like Titans!"
—Coach Boone, Remember the Titans
In Greek mythology, the elder gods were the Titans. Twelve of these beings ruled over the golden age before they were overthrown by the Olympian gods at the end of a ten-year war. After the titans were defeated they met a variety of ends; most were cast out and imprisoned. A lucky few had the fortune to survive this fate, and would serve in limited capacities for the Olympian gods during their reign as the supreme beings. For all this though, the titans-although defeated-remained a force of contention, having left their mark on ancient Greek society and earning for themselves a place in the modern study of ancient history.
In much the same way these battleships also shared a similar story. Battleships were the titans of seaborne warfare in the late 19th and early to mid 20th century until their reign was savagely cut short by the rise of the aircraft carrier during the Second World War. Having established themselves as the new titans of seaborne warfare, these carriers banished the battleships first into reserve, then to the scrapyards, but a meager few managed to escape. Four were overhauled and served in the 1980s and 90s; only nine still exist today, all as floating museums.[A] Although they no longer remain as a powerful force, battleships have certainly left their mark on the world, and still today inspire awe among the public.
Anthony.bradbury (talk·contribs) (British pre-dreadnought battleships (created most of the articles, which are now much improved) and WWII battleships of all nations. Extensive library available, including 24 different years of Jane's Fighting Ships.)
bahamut0013 (talk·contribs)[B] (not much good at article improvement, but I work on P:BB, this page, and other administrative tasks; also good at getting resources with my military connections (call me the OMT Clerk))
Parsecboy (talk·contribs) (mainly the German ships, though I have a number of books that will be useful elsewhere. My library; if there's anything that might be useful, let me know and I'll be happy to help.)
^bahamut0013 (talk·contribs) passed away in September 2011; by unspoken consensus of this special project's members, his name has remained listed in the active contributors section out of respect for his assistance in helping Majestic Titan with its earliest administrative and housekeeping tasks, as well as his work on the Battleship Portal.