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HMS Vanguard was accepted for sea trials - On this day in history

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On 25 April 1946, the battleship HMS Vanguard was accepted for sea trials by the Royal Navy. Vanguard was built at John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank during World War Two, at a time when the British authorities were concerned about being outnumbered by a combined German and Japanese naval fleet.

However, Vanguard never saw wartime service and instead was used to take King George VI on a post-war tour of South Africa and later, the flagship of the Home Fleet Training Squadron. She was sold for scrap in the 1950s and finally broken up in 1960.

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The Last British Battleship: HMS Vanguard by RA Burt


 

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