HMS Vanguard

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

The Vanguard leaving Portsmouth in May 1953.

HMS Vanguard was the last of the great Royal navy battleships, built at Clydebank, she was launched on the 30th November 1944, and did not see service during world War Two, She was the biggest British battleship with a displacement of 42.500 tons. she carried 8 15-inch guns and a secondary armament of 16 x 5.25 inch guns and 71 AA Guns, her compliment was 1600. On the 4th August 1960, while beginning to be towed from Portsmouth to Faslane for scrapping, the great battleship ran aground at the entrance to the harbour.  She finally was scrapped just 15 miles from where she was built at Faslane, 9th August 1960.

Displacement:  52,245t    Speed: 29.5kt    Complement: 1,900

Armament: Eight 15 inch guns,   sixteen 5.25 inch guns.   Seventy-three 40mm anti-aircraft guns.

HMS Vanguard, May 1946.

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HMS Vanguard, May 1946.

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HMS Vanguard, May 1947.

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HMS Vanguard, May 1947.

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HMS Vanguard, May 1947.

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HMS Vanguard, 1948.

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HMS Vanguard, June 1953.

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HMS Vanguard, September 1958.

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HMS Vanguard.

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The Chapel of St Andrew on HMS Vanguard.

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HMS Vanguard.