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HMS Howe

CountryUnited Kingdom
Ship ClassKing George V (1939)-class Battleship
Hull Number32
BuilderFairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Laid Down1 Jun 1937
Launched9 Apr 1940
Commissioned29 Aug 1942
Displacement39780 tons standard; 44510 tons full
Length745 feet
Beam103 feet
Draft30 feet
Machinery8 Admiralty 3-drum small-tube boilers, 4 sets Parsons geared turbines
Bunkerage4,300 tons fuel oil, 200 tons diesel oil, 300 tons reserve feed water, 400 tons fresh water
Power Output110000 SHP
Speed28 knots
Range15,600nm at 10 knots, 2,600nm at 27 knots
Armament1x2x356mm BL 14in Mk VII guns, 2x4x356mm BL 14in Mk VII guns, 8x2x133mm QF 5.25in Mk I guns, 48x40mm QF 2pdr Mk VIII guns, 18x20mm Oerlikon cannon
Armor370mm main belt, 140mm lower belt, 127-152mm deck, 324mm main turrets, 324mm barbettes, 254-305mm bulkheads, 76-102mm conning tower
Aircraft4 Walrus seaplanes


ww2dbaseHMS Howe was the fifth and final King George V-class battleships, completed in 1942 after some delay due to war time source reallocations. Althought she was a treaty battleship, meaning that her primary weapons were limited to 14-inch guns only, she carried an array of anti-aircraft weapons as well as radar sensors to counter the surging threat of aircraft to warships. She was commissioned into service in Aug 1942 and was immediately assigned to the Home Fleet. Her first assignments saw her providing long range escort to Allied convoys sailing to and from northern Russia. In 1943, she was transferred to Gibraltar, from which location she would set sail for Sicily, Italy to provide cover for the Allied invasion, shelling Trapani and Favignana on 11 and 12 Jul. In Sep, she provided cover for the Allied invasion of Salerno, Italy and escorted surrendered Italian battleships Vittorio Veneto and Italia to Alexandria, Egypt. Returning to Britain in Oct 1943, she would undergoing an overhaul at Devonoprt, Plymouth, England, United Kingdom between Dec 1943 and May 1944, during which she would receive updated anti-aircraft weaponry, new radar sets, and air conditioning equipment, the latter in preparation of her departure for the Pacific War. She arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon in Aug 1944, joining the Eastern Fleet. She provided cover for carrier operations against Japanese targets in Sumatra, Indonesia before being sent to Auckland, New Zealand for a morale-building operation. In Feb 1945, she departed from Sydney, Australia, along with sister ship King George V and other warships, in escort of four British carriers. She provided naval gunfire support for the invasion of Okinawa, Japan in Apr 1945; during that campaign, she was credited with shooting down one Japanese special attack aircraft. She returned to Sydney in Jun 1945, then move on to Durban, South Africa for a refit, where she would received the news of the end of the Pacific War. She was relocated back to Portsmouth in Britain in Jan 1946, where she would serve as the flagship of the Training Squadron for the following four years. She was decommissioned in 1950 and was placed in reserve in the following year. She was ordered to be scrapped in 1957, which began in the following year and would be completed in 1961.

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HMS Howe Operational Timeline

28 Apr 1937 The British Royal Navy issued the order for the future battleship HMS Howe.
1 Jun 1937 The keel of HMS Howe was laid down by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company at Govan, Scotland, United Kingdom.
9 Apr 1940 HMS Howe was launched at Govan, Scotland, United Kingdom.
31 Mar 1941 HMS Howe was completed.
29 Aug 1942 HMS Howe was commissioned into service.
30 Aug 1942 HMS Howe was assigned to the British Navy Home Fleet.
11 Jul 1943 HMS Howe bombarded Trapani and Favignana, Sicily, Italy.
12 Jul 1943 HMS Howe bombarded Trapani and Favignana, Sicily, Italy.
14 Sep 1943 HMS Howe escorted Italian battleship Vittorio Veneto and Italia to Alexandria, Egypt.
8 Aug 1944 HMS Howe arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon.
27 May 1958 HMS Howe was towed to Inverkeithing, Scotland, United Kingdom to be broken up by the firm T. W. Ward and Company.


Fairfield shipyard workers aboard HMS Howe at Govan, Scotland, United Kingdom, Jul 1942HMS Howe at Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, Jul 1942HMS Howe at Govan, Scotland, United Kingdom, circa 1942HMS Howe firing 2-pounder anti-aircraft guns while at sea in the Atlantic Ocean, 1942-1943; HMS Berwick in background; photo taken from HMS King George V
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Fairfield shipyard workers aboard HMS Howe at Govan, Scotland, United Kingdom, Jul 1942
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