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Immediately after the first of the Monarch-class dreadnoughts completed its trials, and the other three were still under construction, Lord Admiral Stanislav Karamazov had an improved design finalised and ordered three hulls to be laid down at once. The new design in question was a huge leap forward in terms of speed and firepower, with the 180-metre, 25 000-tonne ship capable of maintaining a top speed of 24 knots, enabling the dreadnought to keep up with much smaller armoured cruisers. As a way of both reducing cost and weight, one of the main turrets was removed and the layout changed. In addition, ten 152.4mm cannons were mounted in the central battery, a relic taken from pre-dreadnought designs, for the purpose of defending the ship from torpedo boats. However, with glossarian airships appearing in southern skies around the same time, the Nadezhda itself was the only ship to be designed in this exact way, with the other ships in the same class having the central battery focus more on anti-aircraft than anti-boat weaponry.