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HMS Duke of York (1941) BB  (2nd)

    
HMS Duke of York was laid down in May-1937 and completed in Nov-1941.

She served with the Home Fleet continuously until 1945, covering mostly convoy operations, especially Russian convoys. 

While covering one Russian convoy on26-Dec-1943 she engaged Scharnhorst assisted with an accompanying cruiser force. Her gunfire assisted by radar ranging proved to be particularly accurate and hits on the Scharnhorst slowed her down to enable accompanying cruisers and destroyers to sink her with torpedoes. The action becoming known as the 'Battle of the North Cape'.

In May 1945, Duke of York sailed to join the Far East Fleet, and was present at the Japanese final surrender in Tokyo Bay in August 1945.

After the war she served again with the Home Fleet for a time and then went into Reserve.

Scrapped 1957.

Won the Battle Honours: Arctic 1942-43, North Africa 1942 and North Cape 1943.

 

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This page last edited - 19 April, 2013.

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