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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.

Goals and scope

A large warship with guns pointed to the left, fire and smoke can be seen emanating from the gun barrels. Below the ship the dark blue water has taken on a white color owing to the disturbance in wind pressure from the firing of the guns.
USS Iowa (BB-61) fires a full broadside on 15 August 1984 during a firepower demonstration

OMT's primary objective is to create a series of featured topics centered around the battleships and battlecruisers considered, planned, built, operated, canceled, or otherwise recorded. There are 557 articles which will be included, from the earliest pre-dreadnoughts to the dreadnoughts and on to the last of the super-dreadnoughts, along with their associated ship classes. Once all articles are featured, this project will reorient to ensuring that the articles remain there.

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.

Phase I
The ships themselves: all battleships and battlecruisers are included in this phase, along with their respective class articles.
Phase II
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.
Phase III
Major historical highlights: this phase will address battles and other major events that involved battleships or battlecruisers.
Phase IV
Biographies: this phase includes any person of note who served on or commanded a battleship or battlecruiser.
Phase V
Miscellaneous: anything not immediately covered by the previous phases.

Any article within the scope of Majestic Titan should be marked by adding OMT=# to the {{WPMILHIST}} project banner at the top of its talk page (where "#" corresponds to the phase number; see the project banner instructions for more details on the exact syntax). This will automatically place it into Category:Operation Majestic Titan articles and allow automated progress measuring.


Note: This progress marks only Phase I. As other phases become active, the matrix will be adjusted accordingly.

Any articles currently at review will be listed at the review department.

Phase I progress

A large warship with a tall, pagoda-like superstructure, single funnel and multiple gun turrets, steaming in the open ocean.
Japanese battleship Yamato on trials in 1941
Operation Majestic Titan (Phase I) assessment statistics



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.


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  1. A 10 fireplane (talk · contribs) Any battleship or ship for that matter... mostly from america
  2. Arius1998 (talk · contribs) (Philippine and American ships)
  3. 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))
  4. Buggie111 (talk · contribs) (Will work mostly on translation of articles from and building of articles that still are not alive)
  5. Buster40004 (talk · contribs) (WWII USN and IJN ships)
  6. Cadar (talk · contribs) World War II specialist, but also good with WWI and other warfare-related subjects. Happy to help!
  7. Dallas S12345 (talk · contribs) (Focusing on European ships. Notably French and German ships)
  8. Dank (talk · contribs)
  9. Deathlibrarian (talk · contribs) (Focusing on Australian ships. Have access to many online Journals.)
  10. DPdH (talk · contribs) (All-field player, with focus on Argentine Navy.)
  11. DulcetTone (talk · contribs) (primarily WW1 Royal Navy, expert on fire control and equipment)
  12. Ed! (talk · contribs)
  13. History person 2 (talk · contribs) (Will help out where I can, if you need help just ask)
  14. Iazyges (talk · contribs) (Mainly US, but feel free to ask.)
  15. Legoboyvdlp (talk · contribs) WW2 all types
  16. Markithon (talk · contribs)
  17. MisterBee1966 (talk · contribs) (mainly the German biographies, my library; I am willing to help but have no clue)
  18. NativeForeigner (talk · contribs)
  19. Nick-D (talk · contribs)
  20. 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.)
  21. Paul-Pierre Valli (talk · contribs) - French ships
  22. Simon Harley (talk · contribs) (Consultant pedant, see User:Simon Harley/Library.)
  23. Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs)
  24. Takashi kurita (talk · contribs) (I can help in spanish ships articles (revision, references ... but my english short for write articles...))
  25. The Bushranger (talk · contribs) (Copyediting and grammar tweakage. And infoboxes, perhaps. Also, lists!)
  26. TomStar81 (talk · contribs) (Anything. Everything.)
  27. The ed17 (talk · contribs) (American/Brazilian/Argentinian/Chilean battleships)
  28. White Shadows (talk · contribs) (Currently working on the Austro-Hungarian Battleships.)
  29. SEKDIS (talk · contribs · count) Mainly Spanish and US Navies (but ask as needed), editing and whatever is needed.
  30. Thehistorianisaac (talk · contribs) All warships, especially ww1 and ww2.


Personal libraries
The USS Arizona (BB-39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.


  1. ^ USS Texas (BB-35)La Porte, Texas
    USS North Carolina (BB-55)Wilmington, North Carolina
    USS Massachusetts (BB-59)Fall River, Massachusetts
    USS Alabama (BB-60)Mobile, Alabama
    USS Iowa (BB-61)Los Angeles, California
    USS New Jersey (BB-62)Camden, New Jersey
    USS Missouri (BB-63)Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
    USS Wisconsin (BB-64)Norfolk, Virginia
    Japanese battleship MikasaYokosuka, Japan
  2. ^ 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.