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Name Official number Flag IMO
VANGUARD    GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1946  30/11/1944  12/05/1946 
Vessel type Vessel description
Naval Battleship  Steel Screw Steamer  
Builder Yard Yard no
John Brown & Co Ltd., Clydebank Clydebank  567 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
 /  / 44500, 52250 disp 814 ft 4 in  108 ft    36 ft 
Engine builder John Brown & Co Ltd., Clydebank
Engine detail
4 Parsons steam turbines supplied by 8 Admiralty 3 drum water tube boilers, 130000shp driving quadruple screws, 30knots. 

First owner First port of register Registration date
Royal Navy     
Other names
 
Subsequent owner and registration history
 
Vessel history
Britain's last battleship she was ordered on March 14th 1941 and launched by HRH Princess Elizabeth, her first such event. She was accepted into the Royal Navy on August 9th 1946. Vanguard acted as Royal Yacht for the Royal Tour of South Africa in 1947.
Subsequently flagship of Home Fleet.
Decommissioned on June 7th 1960 she was sold for breaking at Faslane. She grounded at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour when being towed away but was refloated to end her days near to where she was built. 
Remarks
Her main armament 15" mountings were originally fitted in HMS Courageous and HMS Glorious and then kept in reserve for Queen Elizabeth and R Class battleships
 
End year Fate / Status
1960  Broken Up 09/08/1960 
Disposal Detail
Broken up at Faslane. 
 

 



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