Within the extensive history of the British Royal Navy, the battleship Prince of Wales holds a special place. She was the second member of the King George V class, developed in the late 1930s. She was only in active service for 9 months but participated in the important mission of safeguarding the supply convoys crossing the Mediterranean, then fought in the battle of the Denmark Strait where she damaged the famous German heavy cruiser Bismarck and was part of the famous “Force Z” (together with HMS Repulse, Tenedos, Vampire, Electra and Express) which aimed to prevent the expansion of the Japanese Empire in Southeast Asia.
The Prince of Wales could carry 35,000 tons, had a length of 227 meters and was armed with ten 35.6 cm guns, sixteen 13.3mm guns, 48 2-pounder anti-aircraft guns, 18 20mm anti-aircraft guns, 8 torpedo tubes.
The Prince of Wales was sunk by Japanese torpedo planes near Malaya on December 10, 1941.
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