H.M.S. "Vanguard", the largest warship ever built in Britain, was decommissioned, Portsmouth, UK, May 31,?
H.M.S. "Vanguard", the largest warship ever built in Britain, was decommissioned, Portsmouth, UK, May 31, before going to the scrapyards. Her destruction signals an end to the battleship era.
Commissioned in 1941 and launched November 30, 1944, in conditions of wartime security, nameplate shrouded, "Vanguard" was too late to play an active part in World War Two, and her massive 15-inch guns have never been fired in anger. She is best known for taking the Royal Family on their 1947 South Africa tour. Special apartments prepared for that voyage were later used as Admiral's quarters and Staff offices. From 1949 until plans for scrapping were complete, "Vanguard" was successively flagship of the Portland Training Squadron, Home Fleet, and Reserve Fleet.
Now, the "Jollies" - Royal Marine buglers - have sounded "Last Post", the warrior's farewell, for H.M.S. "Vanguard". Rear-Admiral J.Grant, D.S.O., has transferred his flag to H.M.S. "Sheffield" and Vanguard, a name connected with the Royal Navy since 1588 and the defeat of the Spanish Armada, is missing from the Navy List.