HMS HOWE

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HMS Howe One of the last battleships ever to be built on the Clyde was HMS HOWE.
She was constructed at the Fairfield's yard in Govan, the last of the famous King George V class battleships ever built.
The 36,000-tonne, 745ft Howe, was launched in April 1940 but it was two years before she entered service.
Because of her late arrival into the Second World War, she was equipped with better radar and greater defensive fire power - a lesson gained from the experiences of her sister ships in earlier conflicts.
Her first job was to escort the notorious Russian convoys.
She survived the Murmansk run and in 1943 was part of the invasion of Sicily which culminated in the surrender of Italy.
She remained there for a refit and did not resume service until the summer of 1944 when she set sail for South East Asia.After the war, she served as a training ship.
In 1958, after only 16 years' service, she was scrapped at Inverkeithing.

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