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1946 Battleship HMS Vanguard by rlkitterman 1946 Battleship HMS Vanguard by rlkitterman
The Royal Navy's last, largest, and fastest battleship was the unique 52,250-ton HMS Vanguard, which was built by John Brown's shipyard (Clydebank, Scotland) during World War II but not commissioned until 1946.  It saw no combat in the Cold War, even though its eight 15-inch guns would have been useful in the Korean War, and instead had a mostly ceremonial role apart from some NATO training exercises.  It also hosted filming of the comedy Carry on Admiral and the war movie Sink the Bismarck!, as most of the ships depicted in that movie had already sunk or been scrapped.  By the time HMS Vanguard was decommissioned in 1960 and sold for scrap, the Royal Navy saw no further place for the battleship.  This model of the last British battleship is displayed at the London Science Museum.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes she would have made a big difference if she was sent to Korea. :D
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
They should have used her against the Arab installations during the Suez crisis.  Probably the best main battery in terms of long-term use ever constructed. And they were a gamble on Churchill's part.
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rlkitterman Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I wonder how using HMS Vanguard might have complicated the Suez Crisis, though...even in the age of nuclear weapons, a battleship's still a lot of firepower, and beyond the firepower a major commitment by any country.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
The British and French were so far in that Eisenhower alerted SAC and put the U.S. on a full alert.  My father flew down to Colombia to retrieve friendly Colombians to come up here and guard our airbases during the expected carnage.
 
In for  penny, in for a pound.
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rlkitterman Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I never knew about that particular event in the crisis!  I suppose Suez stopped being a limited intervention fast...
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