HMS Queen Elizabeth (1915) BB  (1st)

This the only HMS Queen Elizabeth was the name ship of a Class of five battleships.

Built at Portsmouth Dockyard, laid down Oct-1912, launched 16-Oct-1913 and completed Jan-1915.

On completion she joined the Mediterranean Fleet in Feb-1915 and was Flagship of the Dardanelles force taking part in major actions in Mar-1915. Joined the Grand Fleet May-1915, but missed Jutland. Flagship Grand Fleet from 1916-18. The German surrender was signed on board her in Nov-1918. 

Then Flagship Atlantic Fleet until 1924. Moved to the Mediterranean from 1924-37. 

Refitted 1926-27, reconstructed 1937-Jan-1941.

Took part in the King George V Silver Jubilee Fleet Review 16-Jul-1935.

Joined Mediterranean Fleet may-1941. Damaged by Italian "human torpedo" attack in Alexandria harbour 19-Dec-1941. After temporary repairs went to Norfolk, Virginia for full repairs Sep-1942-Jun-1943. Back to the UK until Dec-1943, then out to the Eastern Fleet, Trincomalee as Flagship Jan-1944.

Operations along the Burma and Malaya coasts.

Returned to the UK July 1945 and into Reserve.

Sold 19-Mar-1948 and arrived at Dalmuir 07-Jul-1948 for breaking up.

Won the Battle Honours: Dardanelles 1915, Crete 1941, Sabang 1944, Burma 1944-45 and East Indies 1945.


Other HMS Queen Elizabeth
- 1st  HMS Queen Elizabeth 
- 2nd HMS Queen Elizabeth 

- Queen Elizabeth Class (1915) BB
- Specifications as built   
- Specifications 1943
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- Full Battle Honours

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This page last edited - 05 November, 2012.

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