HMS Renown (1916) BC (7th)
This HMS Renown was the seventh ship to carry the name.
She was built at Fairfield, laid down in Jan-1915, launched 04-Mar-1916 and completed in Sep-1916.
She joined the Grand Fleet in Sep-1916 and remained there for all of WW1.
After the war she took the Prince of Wales on two foreign tours during 1920-22, refitted 1923-26, then joined the Atlantic Fleet. Took the Duke of York to Australia 1927, but except for that voyage remained with the Atlantic until 1936.
Took part in the King George V Silver Jubilee Fleet Review 16-Jul-1935.
Underwent a major reconstruction 1936-39, and rejoined the Home Fleet 1939.
Was in action during the Norwegian campaign. On 9-Apr-1940 she engaged Gneisenau and Scharnhorst west of the Lofoten Islands, hitting Gneisenau three times, and receiving in her turn three hits from the German ships, which caused minor damage. Her opponents slowly made their escape into a north-easterly gale which limited Renown's speed more than the German ships.
In Aug-1940 joined Force H at Gibralter as Flagship. Took part in number of convoy escort operations. Was in action against Italian battleships and cruisers at Battle of Cape Teulada (Spartivento) on 27-Nov-1940. Bombarded Genoa 9-Feb-1941. Sailed in company with Ark Royal and Sheffield from Gibralter in the hunt for the Bismarck May-1941, but was not directly involved in any of the actions.
Between Aug-41 and Feb-43 operated with the Mediterranean and Home Fleets. Supported the Operation Torch landings in North Africa, Nov-1942. In late 1943 took the Prime Minister across the Atlantic from Halifax, then from the UK to Alexandria. Joined the Eastern Fleet 27-Dec-1943 and later took part in operations against Sabang, Surabaya, Port Blair and Car Nicobar. Returned to the UK as training ship.
Class (1916) BB
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