HMS Valiant

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

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HMS Valiant was build by Fairfield Ship Builders, and launched 4th November 1914. She took part at the Battle of Jutland. and was not hit. During World War Two, HMS Valiant was badly damaged by delayed action mines, set by Italian Frogmen at Alexandria, She made her way to Durban, South Africa for repairs.

HMS Valiant joined the British eastern Fleet in January 1944 and took part in carrier raids against Japanese bases in Indonesia. HMS valiant was badly damaged during refit in a floating dock at Trincomalee, Ceylon, so bad was the damage that repairs were stopped, and she was used as a training hulk for stockers at Devonport. She was scrapped at Cairn Ryan and Troon between November 1948 and March 1950. Spec same as above battleships

Displacement: 29,700   Speed: 23.0 knots   Compliment: 950 and up to 1,220 in 1918

Armament: Eight 15-inch guns in pairs and fourteen 6 -inch guns.  Two 3 inch Anti Aircraft Guns in 1917, two 4-inch anti aircraft guns.

HMS Valiant, with others of class, 1917.

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HMS Valiant, with Sopwith 1?-strutter, c.1918.

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HMS Valiant.

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HMS Valiant, with Fairey IIIF, July 1931.

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HMS Valiant, May 1935.

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HMS Valiant, May 1935.

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HMS Valiant, July 1935.

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HMS Valiant, July 1935.

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HMS Valiant, 1939.

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HMS Valiant, May 1946.

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HMS Valiant, May 1946.

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HMS Valiant, July 1946.

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I need your help in identifying a battleship shown on an Ilford poster for the 1935 Silver Jubilee Naval Review. The poster was produced just prior to the 1935 review and included two magnificent photographs individually mounted onto the poster background. My father served in the Royal Navy from 1926 until 1954 until he retired as Commander.

From the research I have done it is one of the Queen Elizabeth class of battleships. I have looked at numerous photographs of these ships and am of the opinion that it could be HMS Valiant due the spherical surface above the cupola at the top of the foremast. From what I can determine most of the other QE ships had more of a cylindrical cupola with a flat top. 

HMS Valiant with aircraft shown on B Turret platform 1916.

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HMS Valiant taken from the bridge.

HMS Valiant in dry dock possibly in South Africa.

HMS Valiant at Gibarltar

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HMS Valiant

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HMS Valiant.  Winners of the the Arbuthnot Trophy, Marathon Race 1925.

Contributed by Stuart Bevington, whose grandfather Tom Bevington is marked with an X at the front left of the photo.  If you have any information on Tom Bevington and/or what the trophy/race mentioned here is please Contact Stuart Here

The above photographs are courtesy of Ken Hooper whose Dad William Hooper served on board the Valiant from 23rd February 1925 until 4th February 1937. At the time of the photos he was a leading seaman, seen here with the Rowing Team and their trophy 1935-36.

 

Dear Sir.

My dad served on HMS Valiant Iam seraching for any information about the ship and her crew Iam spechialy looking for the name of the film that was made about the attempted sinking of the Valiant in Alexander Harbour.

I have enclosed some pictures of dad hoping that some of her cerw will recognise him.

I hope you can help me .

    Yours .

   Gary Payne

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Hi, attached is a picture of a matchbox barrel and ashtray (above).  Each has a small plaque stating that it was made from the teak of HMS Valiant. From your site it was probably made in either Durban or Scotland when she was finally broken up.