HMS Vanguard, a St Vincent Class Battleship.Built by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness & commissioned on 01/03/10. She was to survive Jutland only to be tragically lost at Scapa Flow with only 2 of her crew surviving on 09/07/17 after an internal explosion blew her apart. Although the explosion was caused by the ignition of cordite in one of her main magazines the enquiry was unable to discover what had caused the ignition.
HMS Vanguard(23) showing her distinctive transom stern. The Royal Navy's last battleship, HMS Vanguard, shown shortly after commissioning in 1946. Laid down as a 'one off' early in WW2 to make use of stored 15 in guns, her completion was delayed till after the war by higher resource priorities.Built by John brown & Co, Clydebank. 44,500t standard load,814ft long.4 Shafts powered by 4 Parson Steam Turbines gave 30kn. 4 x 2 15" & 8 X 2 5.1/4" QF guns. She remained in commission till 1960.
HMS Vanguard, the Royal Navy's last battleship - in fact the last completed anywhere. She was laid down at the beginning of WW2 to make use of the 8 x 15 in guns stored after the conversion of light battlecruisers Courageous and Glorious to carriers, but higher resource priorities meant she was not completed till 1946. She stayed in commission till 1960.