HMS Howe

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Royal naval battleship HMS Howe. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS Howe from its launch to its participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Howe.

HMS Howe, was built by Fairfield and launched on the 9th of April 1940 the last of her class. she served in the Home fleet in 1942 - 43 and in Force H, 1943, on duty off Sicily and in Italian waters and went into refit from October 1943, to June 1944, HMS Howe then was transferred to the British Pacific Fleet and was deployed of Japan. used as a training ship in 1946 she was Scrapped at Inverkeithing 4th June 1958.

Information received from Peter Hulme: HMS Howe became Flagship to the Reserve Fleet during 1949/50. She also had a civilian telephone exchange in addition to her service equipment which I used to maintain. She was manned by a skeleton crew plus the Admirals Reserve fleet staff.

A story from Ron Poole: Ron served on HMS Howe as a Radar Operator during the Pacific Campaign and also spent time in Durban during a refit. He remembers a Kamikazi plane bouncing off the deck and ending up in the sea. Also a time when a sailor went overboard whilst going through the roaring forties and Captain McCall refusing to actually stop the ship, which was against regulations, to rescue the chap but steering the ship past slowly, so that he could be brought back aboard. Ron's son Andy has a copy of the ship's journal for the PAcific Campaign. 

A rare colour picture of HMS Howe steaming through the Suez Canal in 1944

Image Courtesy of Carl Proctor

HMS Howe pictured in Auckland in 1945. 

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HMS Howe firing, 1946.

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HMS Howe.

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HMS Howe 1942.

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HMS Howe.

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The photographs below have been sent in by Bill Hatcher from his days on the HMS HOWE as CHIEF PETTY OFFICER HATCHER(PJX162151), which commenced on the year it was commissioned, and was invalided out in 1946.

A Turret on HMS Howe

Fitting Out At Rosyth

Sailors commissioning

Inspection by Captain Woodhouse


In the hangar with a Walrus

Loading a Walrus

The Provost on deck

Sunday on the Quarterdeck

Howe lies ready for her trials

Howe in action

On trials

On trials

The Walrus takes off

The Provost on HMS Howe as she is commissioned