Friday, December 18, 2009

HMS Valiant in WW2

Postcard of HMS Valiant at Gibraltar

HMS Valiant was one of the Queen Elizabeth class battleships belonging to the British Royal Navy. She was launched on 4 November 1914 and completed in February 1916. Therefore, Valiant served in both World Wars.

The above postcard photograph shows ‘Valiant’ in Gibraltar sometime in the 1930s. I found this postcard of the vessel in Gibraltar on behalf of Mr James (‘Jimmy’) Campbell of Whitehaven, Cumbria, who served for a short time on ‘Valiant’ during WW2 after having previously served on a sister ship, ‘Malaya’.

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

During WW2 ‘Valiant’ had a varied career. A few of these events are summarised here:

July 1940 - Destruction of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir.

April 1941 – attack on Tripoli harbour under the command of Admiral Cunningham.
Other RN vessels taking part included HMS Barham, HMS Warspite, and HMS Gloucester)

May 1941 - Battle of Crete (damaged, repaired in South Africa)

July1943 – Operation Husky (Allied invasion of Sicily). Later took part in invasion of mainland Italy at Salerno

1944 – Joined the Eastern Fleet (and the war against the Japanese).
Damaged in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) August 1944.
Sailed to Alexandria (Egypt) via Suez Canal.

July 1945 – sailed to UK, decommissioned and scrapped.

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