Monday, September 7, 2009

HMS Duke of York

Date of Issue: April 29, 1985
Scott #: 187

The pair of stamps show side and top view of HMS Duke of York. Click stamp to view enlarged image.

HMS Duke of York (pennant number 17) was a King George V class battleship of the Royal Navy. The ship was originally to be named Anson but adopted her final name in December 1938.

She was commissioned too late to see action against the Bismarck, or any other German naval surface raider in the early Atlantic battles of World War II. However, Duke of York did play a role in reducing German naval power.

The ship was scrapped in 1957 at Faslane, Scotland.

A distinguishing feature of the Duke of York was the extended fire control platform located on the after funnel. On this ship it extended out over the boat deck (after the refit during which the aircraft equipment was removed from the ship's configuration). Duke of York also introduced the HACS V*, AA fire control system which is also a distinguishing feature from the King George V and Prince of Wales.

Source: wikipedia

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