HMS Vanguard pictured in Portsmouth harbour in 1960, the year in which she was de-commissioned. The last battleship ever to enter service anywhere, she was laid down in 1939 as a 'one off' to make use of stored 15 in guns as war loomed, but competing resource priorities delayed her completion till 1946.

HMS Vanguard pictured in Portsmouth harbour in 1960, the year in which she was de-commissioned. The last battleship ever to enter service anywhere, she was laid down in 1939 as a 'one off' to make use of stored 15 in guns as war loomed, but competing resource priorities delayed her completion till 1946.

apostlesofmercy: “ apostlesofmercy: “ The last battleship ever built, HMS Vanguard at Portsmouth sometime during 1957. When she reluctantly bowed out 3 years later, in many ways so too did the navy she served. ” And in happier days. ”

apostlesofmercy: “ apostlesofmercy: “ The last battleship ever built, HMS Vanguard at Portsmouth sometime during 1957. When she reluctantly bowed out 3 years later, in many ways so too did the navy she served. ” And in happier days. ”

15 in HMS Vanguard, the last battleship - she was not completed until 1946, and remained in commission until 1960.

15 in HMS Vanguard, the last battleship - she was not completed until 1946, and remained in commission until 1960.

Overhead view of Britain's last battleship HMS Vanguard | by umbry101

Overhead view of Britain's last battleship HMS Vanguard | by umbry101

HMS Vanguard: The last British battleship. In 1950 with the destroyer HMS Obedient.

HMS Vanguard: The last British battleship. In 1950 with the destroyer HMS Obedient.

British Battleship HMS Vanguard... she was a formidable warship, but the age of the battleship had been eclipsed by the development of the aircraft carrier.

British Battleship HMS Vanguard... she was a formidable warship, but the age of the battleship had been eclipsed by the development of the aircraft carrier.

HMS Vanguard was the last battleship commissioned into the Royal Navy: laid down as a 'one off' on the outbreak of war in 1939 to make use of the 8 stored 15 in guns from light battlecruisers Glorious and Courageous (converted to carriers), competing resource priorities meant she was not completed till 1946. She stayed in service till 1960.

HMS Vanguard was the last battleship commissioned into the Royal Navy: laid down as a 'one off' on the outbreak of war in 1939 to make use of the 8 stored 15 in guns from light battlecruisers Glorious and Courageous (converted to carriers), competing resource priorities meant she was not completed till 1946. She stayed in service till 1960.

The Royal Navy's last battleship, HMS Vanguard, exercising her 15 in guns in 1949.  Laid down as a 'one off' to utilise stored guns of this calibre in 1939, competing resource priorities meant she was not completed till after WW2.  She was decommissioned in 1960.

The Royal Navy's last battleship, HMS Vanguard, exercising her 15 in guns in 1949. Laid down as a 'one off' to utilise stored guns of this calibre in 1939, competing resource priorities meant she was not completed till after WW2. She was decommissioned in 1960.

HMS Vanguard and HMS King George V - the former completed too late to see war service.

HMS Vanguard and HMS King George V - the former completed too late to see war service.

HMS Vanguard, the Royal Navy's last battleship (in fact the last completed anywhere). Laid down as a 'one off' on the outbreak of WW2 to make use of stored 15 in guns, competing resource priorities meant she was not completed until 1946. She remained in commission until 1960.

HMS Vanguard, the Royal Navy's last battleship (in fact the last completed anywhere). Laid down as a 'one off' on the outbreak of WW2 to make use of stored 15 in guns, competing resource priorities meant she was not completed until 1946. She remained in commission until 1960.

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