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HMS Barham at Scapa Flow in 1917:
Great Britain's HMS Barham at Scapa Flow in 1917
US Naval Historical Center, NH-50155

HMS Barham in 1940:
Great Britain's HMS Barham in 1940
©IWM, A-106

HMS Barham:
Great Britain's HMS Barham
©IWM, Q-65643

HMS Barham coaling during World War I:
Great Britain's HMS Barham coaling during World War I
©IWM, SP-1733
HMS Barham with the HMS Malaya and HMS Argus on fleet exercises in 1920:
Great Britain's HMS Barham with the HMS Malaya and HMS Argus on fleet exercises in 1920
US Naval Historical Center, NH-61776

HMS Barham's 15" magazine explodes, November 25, 1941:
Great Britain's HMS Barham's 15" magazine explodes, November 25, 1941
©IWM, FLM-1984

HMS Barham off Devonport:
Great Britain's HMS Barham off Devenport
©IWM, FL-1472

HMS Barham during World War I:
Great Britain's HMS Barham during World War I
©IWM, Q-74056
HMS Barham with the HMS Malaya and HMS Argus on fleet exercises in 1920:
Great Britain's HMS Barham with the HMS Malaya and HMS Argus on fleet exercises in 1920
US Naval Historical Center, NH-61776

HMS Barham loading 15" shells:
Great Britain's HMS Barham loading 15" shells
©IWM, A-2279

HMS Barham at Scapa Flow:
Great Britain's HMS Barham at Scapa Flow
©IWM, Q-74168

HMS Barham during World War I:
Great Britain's HMS Barham during World War I
©IWM, Q-75594
HMS Barham after reconstruction in 1934:
Great Britain's HMS Barham after reconstruction in 1934
US Naval Historical Center, NH-63077

HMS Barham's crew sponging out the main gains in 1941:
Great Britain's HMS Barham's crew sponging out the main gains in 1941
US Naval Historical Center, NH-50155
HMS Malaya leaving New York City on July 9, 1941, after undergoing repairs:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya leaving New York City on July 9, 1941, after undergoing repairs
©IWM, A-5436

HMS Malaya leaving New York City on July 9, 1941, after undergoing repairs:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya leaving New York City on July 9, 1941, after undergoing repairs
©IWM, A-5444

HMS Malaya in January 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya in January 1942
©IWM, A-7735

HMS Malaya under attack while on convoy duty to Malta, June 14 - 16, 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya under attack while on convoy duty to Malta, June 14 - 16, 1942
©IWM, A-10185

HMS Malaya in World War I with the 5th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya in World War I with the 5th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet
©IWM, Q-23324
HMS Malaya leaving New York City on July 9, 1941, after undergoing repairs:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya leaving New York City on July 9, 1941, after undergoing repairs
©IWM, A-5438

HMS Malaya leaving New York City on July 9, 1941, after undergoing repairs:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya leaving New York City on July 9, 1941, after undergoing repairs
©IWM, A-5446

HMS Malaya in the Atlantic between February 10 - 13, 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya in the Atlantic between February 10 - 13, 1942
©IWM, A-7491

HMS Malaya with the Queen Mary in Freetown in June 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya with the Queen Mary in Freetown in June 1942
©IWM, A-9277
HMS Malaya leaving New York City on July 9, 1941, after undergoing repairs:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya leaving New York City on July 9, 1941, after undergoing repairs
©IWM, A-5440

HMS Malaya recovering a Fairey Swordfish in October 1941:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya recovering a Fairey Swordfish in October 1941
©IWM, A-5693

HMS Malaya in the Atlantic between February 10 - 13, 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya in the Atlantic between February 10 - 13, 1942
©IWM, A-7492

HMS Malaya in heavy seas:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya in heavy seas
©IWM, A-16971
HMS Malaya leaving New York City on July 9, 1941, after undergoing repairs:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya leaving New York City on July 9, 1941, after undergoing repairs
©IWM, A-5443

HMS Malaya In January 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya In January 1942
©IWM, A-7734

HMS Malaya in the Atlantic between February 10 - 13, 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Malaya in the Atlantic between February 10 - 13, 1942
©IWM, A-7494
HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Rosyth Dry Dock being reconditioned in 1940:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Rosyth Dry Dock being reconditioned in 1940
©IWM, A-9411

HMS Queen Elizabeth in 1941:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth in 1941
©IWM, A-9830

HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Firth of Forth:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Firth of Forth
©IWM, A-9256

HMS Queen Elizabeth:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth
©IWM, Q-64304

HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Rosyth during World War I:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Rosyth during World War I
©IWM, SP-1702
HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Rosyth Dry Dock being reconditioned in 1940:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Rosyth Dry Dock being reconditioned in 1940
©IWM, A-9412

HMS Queen Elizabeth in a smoke screen in 1941:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth in a smoke screen in 1941
©IWM, A-9829

HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Firth of Forth:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Firth of Forth
©IWM, A-9255

HMS Queen Elizabeth at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia
©IWM, FL-8806
HMS Queen Elizabeth conducting gunnery trials in 1941:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth conducting gunnery trials in 1941
©IWM, A-3461

HMS Queen Elizabeth in Alexandria Harbor, January 1, 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth in Alexandria Harbor, January 1, 1942
©IWM, A-7523

HMS Queen Elizabeth:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth
©IWM, A-9257

HMS Queen Elizabeth off Scapa Flow during Home Fleet exercises:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth off Scapa Flow during Home Fleet exercises
©IWM, A-19044
HMS Queen Elizabeth conducting gunnery trials in 1941:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth conducting gunnery trials in 1941
©IWM, A-9412

HMS Queen Elizabeth in Alexandria Harbor:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth in Alexandria Harbor
©IWM, ADNO-8064

HMS Queen Elizabeth:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth
©IWM, A-9258

HMS Queen Elizabeth with King George V during World War I:
Great Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth with King George V during World War I
©IWM, SP-1700
HMS Valiant in the 1930s after a refit:
Great Britain's HMS Valiant in the 1930s after a refit
US Naval Historical Center, NH-52518

HMS Valiant underway:
Great Britain's HMS Valiant underway
©IWM, A-19832

HMS Valiant at Scapa Flow in World War I:
Great Britain's HMS Valiant at Scapa Flow in World War I
©IWM, Q-74187
HMS Valiant in 1939 following modernization:
Great Britain's HMS Valiant in 1939 following modernization
US Naval Historical Center, NH-97486

HMS Valiant underway:
Great Britain's HMS Valiant underway
©IWM, A-21712
HMS Valiant leads surrendering Italian ships on September 10, 1943:
Great Britain's HMS Valiant leads surrendering Italian ships on September 10, 1943
US National Archives, SC-188574

HMS Valiant in dry dock during World War I:
Great Britain's HMS Valiant in dry dock during World War I
©IWM, Q-18779
HMS Valiant underway:
Great Britain's HMS Valiant underway
©IWM, A-12126

HMS Valiant at Scapa Flow in World War I:
Great Britain's HMS Valiant at Scapa Flow in World War I
©IWM, Q-74179
HMS Warspite in 1917:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite in 1917
©IWM, SP-395

HMS Warspite with the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean with the HMS Formidable, HMS Resolution, and HMS Royal Sovereign on July 16, 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite with the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean with the HMS Formidable, HMS Resolution, and HMS Royal Sovereign on July 16, 1942
©IWM, A-11788

HMS Warspite refueling from the Nestor during the Madagascar Operation:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite refueling from the Nestor during the Madagascar Operation
©IWM, A-9704

HMS Warspite at the Firth of Forth in World War I:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite at the Firth of Forth in World War I
©IWM, SP-1384
HMS Warspite in the Seychelles on anti-submarine patrol on June 28, 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite in the Seychelles on anti-submarine patrol on June 28, 1942
©IWM, A-11033

HMS Warspite with the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean with HMS Illustrious and HMS Royal Sovereign on July 16, 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite with the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean with HMS Illustrious and HMS Royal Sovereign on July 16, 1942
©IWM, A-11790

HMS Warspite refueling from the Nestor during the Madagascar Operation:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite refueling from the Nestor during the Madagascar Operation
©IWM, A-9705
HMS Warspite in the Seychelles on anti-submarine patrol on June 28, 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite in the Seychelles on anti-submarine patrol on June 28, 1942
©IWM, A-11034

HMS Warspite bombing Sword Beach on June 6, 1944:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite bombing Sword Beach on June 6, 1944
©IWM, A-23914

HMS Warspite during the Reggio bombardment:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite during the Reggio bombardment
©IWM, A-19246
HMS Warspite in the Seychelles on anti-submarine patrol on June 28, 1942:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite in the Seychelles on anti-submarine patrol on June 28, 1942
©IWM, A-11035

HMS Warspite during the Madagascar Operation with Grumman Martlets of No. 888 Squadron flying by:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite during the Madagascar Operation with Grumman Martlets of No. 888 Squadron flying by
©IWM, A-9713

HMS Warspite during anti-submarine patrols in the Seychelles launching a Supermarine Walrus:
Great Britain's HMS Warspite during anti-submarine patrols in the Seychelles launching a Supermarine Walrus
©IWM, A-11027

Design

The Queen Elizabeth class were designed by Sir Philip Watts.

Each ship cost about £3,000,000 each.

Refits

All of the Queen Elizabeth class underwent refits. They had their funnels reduced to one. Bulges were fitted.

The HMS Barham and HMS Malaya had the middle deck armor over the magazines increased to 5".

 

Ships

HMS Barham

  • Manufacturer: Clydebank, John Brown
  • December 31, 1914: Launched.
  • October 1915: Completed.
  • May 31, 1916: Battle of Jutland: Member of 5th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet. Fired 337 15" shells. Hit six times.
  • July 4, 1916: Repairs completed.
  • April 1919 - October 1924: 1st Battle Squadron with the Atlantic Fleet.
  • November 1, 1924 - 1929: 1st Battle Squadron with the Mediterranean Fleet.
  • November 1929 - December 1930: With the Atlantic Fleet.
  • December 2, 1930 - 1933, 1931 - 1934: Refit.
  • January 11, 1934 - August 1935: With the Home Fleet.
  • August 1935 - December 1939: With Mediterranean Fleet.
  • 1939 - 1940: With the Home Fleet.
  • December 12, 1939: Collided with and sank destroyer HMS Duchess off Mull of Kintyre.
  • December 28, 1939: Torpedoed by U30 north of the Hebrides. Four crewman killed.
  • December 1939 - April 1940: Repairs done at Liverpool.
  • April 1940, 1940: With Force H.
  • September 3, 1940: With Operation Menace off Dakar. Hit by shore batteries.
  • November 1940, 1941: With Mediterranean Fleet.
  • January 3, 1941: Bombarded Bardia.
  • April 1941: Bombarded Tripoli.
  • May 27, 1941: Attacked by Ju. 88s of LG1 and hit on the Y turret by a bomb.
  • June - July 30, 1941: Repaired at Durban.
  • November 25, 1941: Sunk. Sank in about 5 minutes from three torpedoes fired by the U331.

HMS Malaya

  • Manufacturer: Armstrong, Elswick
  • March 18, 1915: Launched.
  • February 1916: Completed.
  • May 31, 1916: Battle of Jutland. With 5th Battle Squadron of the Home Fleet. Fired 215 15" rounds. Was hit by eight shells and sustained extensive damage and casualties.
  • July 26, 1916: Repairs finished.
  • 1921: Sailed to Malay States and India.
  • 1921 - November 1922: With Atlantic Fleet.
  • November 1922: Sent to Turkey.
  • November 1924 - 1930: With 1st Battle Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet.
  • 1927 - 1929, September 1927 - February 1929: Refit.
  • 1934 - 1936, October 1934 - December 1936: Refit at Devonport.
  • 1939 - 1940: With the Mediterranean Fleet and Atlantic convoy escort.
  • October 6, 1939: Sent to Indian Ocean via Suez Canal. Worked with HMS Ramillies and HMS Glorious hunting German raiders.
  • May 1940: Flagship of Mediterranean Fleet.
  • August 1940: Bombarded Bardia. Escorted Malta convoys.
  • October 1940: Escorted convoys to Greece.
  • November 1940: Escorted convoys around Malta.
  • 1941: With Force H.
  • 1941 - 1944: With Home Fleet.
  • January 31 - February 4, 1941: Covered attack on Sardinia.
  • February 6 - 11, 1941: Bombarded Genoa.
  • March 7, 1941: Moved to Atlantic for convoy escort. While escorting convoy SL1 the KMS Scharnhorst broke off.
  • March 20, 1941: Damaged by torpedo from U106 while escorting convoy SL68 off Cape Verde Islands.
  • July 1941: Repairs at New York Navy Yard completed.
  • October 1941: Joined Force H. Malta convoys.
  • March 1942: Escorted Madagascar invasion force to Cape Town. Commander in Chief of Eastern Fleet rejected the Malaya for its low endurance.
  • June 1942: Escorted Malta convoys.
  • November 1942: Joined 2nd Battle Squadron with the Home Fleet.
  • March - May 1944: Refit.
  • June 1944: Bombardment of Normandy coast.
  • September 1944: Shelled batteries around St. Malo.
  • October 1944: Placed on reserve status.
  • 1945: Accommodation ship.

HMS Queen Elizabeth

  • Manufacturer: Portsmouth, Portsmouth Dock Yard
  • October 16, 1913, October 13, 1916: Launched.
  • January 1915: Completed.
  • May 12, 1915: Joined 5th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet.
  • 1916 - 1919: Flagship of Grand Fleet.
  • 1926 - 1927: Refit.
  • August 1937 - December 1940, August 1937 - January 31, 1941: Refit at Portsmouth.
  • 1941: With Home Fleet.
  • 1941 - 1942: With Mediterranean Fleet.
  • May 1941: Joined Mediterranean Fleet. Participated in evacuation of Crete.
  • December 1941: Damaged by limpet mines placed by Italian two man chariots from the submarine Scire.
  • 1942 - 1943, June 27, 1942 - June 26, 1943: Refit in United States.
  • 1943: Aircraft equipment removed.
  • December 23, 1943: Joined Eastern Fleet.
  • 1944: Eastern Fleet.
  • April 16 -24, 1944: Supported carrier raid on Sabang.
  • May 6 - 27, 1944: Member of TF65. Supported raid on Surabaya.
  • June 22 - July 17, 1944: Bombarded Sabang.
  • October - November 1944: Refit at Durban.
  • November 17 - 23, 1944: Supported carrier raid on Sabang.
  • 1945: East Indies.
  • January 1945: Supported landings at Ramree Island.
  • April 1945: Member of TF63. Bombarded Sabang. Supported capture of Rangoon.
  • August 7, 1945: Arrived in Portsmouth and put into reserve.

HMS Valiant

  • Manufacturer: Fairfield
  • November 4, 1914: Launched.
  • February 1916: Completed.
  • May 31, 1916: With 5th Battle Squadron at the Battle of Jutland. Fired 288 15" shells and one torepdo.
  • 1919 - November 1924: Joined 1st Battle Squadron with the Atlantic Fleet.
  • November 1924 - March 1929: Joined 1st Battle Squadron with the Mediterranean Fleet.
  • March 23, 1929 - December 2, 1930, 1929 - 1930: Refit.
  • December 1930 - March 1932: Joined Atlantic Fleet.
  • March 1932 - July 1935: Joined Home Fleet.
  • July 1935 - 1937: Joined Mediterranean Fleet.
  • March 1, 1937 - November 30, 1939, March 1937 - November 1939: Refit at Devonport.
  • December 1939: Went to West Indies for work-up.
  • January 7, 1940, 1940: With Home Fleet. Worked on convoy duty.
  • April 1940: Covered evacuation of Narvik. U38 fired torpedo but missed.
  • June 28, 1940: Joined Force H in Gibraltar.
  • July 3, 1940: Member of assault force on French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir.
  • August 1940: Joined Mediterranean Fleet.
  • September 15, 1940: Escorted carriers on attack on Benghazi.
  • September - December 1940: Malta convoy operations.
  • December 18/19, 1940: Bombarded Valona.
  • 1941 - 1942: With Mediterranean Fleet.
  • January 3, 1941: Bombarded Bardia.
  • January 6 - 13, 1941: Escorted convoys to Greece.
  • March 28, 1941: Battle of Matapan. Fired on Zara.
  • April 1, 1941: Bombarded Tripoli.
  • April 20, 1941: Bombarded Tripoli. Damaged by mine on return to Alexandria.
  • May 1941: Crete. Hit by two bombs. Went to Alexandria for repairs.
  • December 19, 1941: Heavily damaged by Miale.
  • 1942: With Eastern Fleet.
  • May 1942: Sailed to Durban for repairs.
  • July 1942: Repairs completed.
  • 1943: Aircraft equipment removed.
  • 1943: With Force H.
  • 1943 - 1944: With Home Fleet.
  • February - May 1943: Refit.
  • June 17 - 23, 1943: Sailed with Force H from Scapa Flow to Alexandria.
  • July 7, 1943: Invasion of Sicily.
  • September 1943: Supported landings at Calabria.
  • September 6 -16, 1943: Supported landings at Salerno.
  • October - December 1, 1943: Refit.
  • 1944: With Eastern Fleet.
  • January 1944: Joined 1st Battle Squadron of the Eastern Fleet.
  • April - July 1944: Sabang and Surabaya operations.
  • August 8, 1944: Was in floating dock AFD28 in Trincomalee when it collapsed and was heavily damaged.
  • October 21, 1944: During return to England through the Suez Canal, and grounded.
  • December 1944: Sailed around Cape to return to England.
  • 1945: East Indies.
  • February 1, 1945: Start refit that isn't completed by end of World War II.

HMS Warspite

  • Manufacturer: Devonport, Devonport Dock Yard
  • November 26, 1913: Launched.
  • March 1915: Completed.
  • September 17, 1915: Ran aground near Dunbar.
  • December 3, 1915: Collided with HMS Barham.
  • May 31, 1916: Battle of Jutland: Fired 259 rounds. Hit 29 times.
  • July 23, 1916: Rejoined Grand Fleet.
  • August 1916: Collided with HMS Valiant.
  • 1924 - 1926, October 31, 1924 - April 6, 1926: Refit.
  • July 1928: Struck a rock in Aegean.
  • 1929: With 1st Battle Squadron in the Mediterranean Fleet.
  • May 1930: Joined 2nd Battle Squadron in Atlantic Fleet.
  • March 1934 - March 1937: Refit.
  • 1939 - 1942: with Mediterranean Fleet and Home Fleet.
  • October 1939: Joined Home Fleet.
  • December 6, 1939: Became flagship of Home Fleet.
  • April 13, 1940: Second Battle of Narvick. Sank the destroyers Erich Koellner and Erich Giese. A Swordfish sank U64.
  • May 14, 1940: Arrived in Alexandria.
  • July 9, 1940: Battle of Punto Stilo. Hit the Giulio Cesare.
  • August 18, 1940: Bombarded Bardia.
  • December 1940: Bombarded Valona.
  • January 31, 1941: Bombarded Bardia.
  • March 1941: Battle of Cape Matapan.
  • April 21, 1941: Bombarded Tripoli.
  • May 22, 1941: Hit by a bomb dropped by a Bf. 109 of the III/JG7 off of Crete. 38 crew members were killed.
  • June 25, 1941: Sailed for Seattle.
  • August 2, 1941: Arrived in Honolulu.
  • August 11, 1941: Arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard.
  • December 28, 1941: Repairs completed.
  • 1942 - 1943: With Eastern Fleet.
  • March 22, 1942: Arrived in Ceylon.
  • 1943: Aircraft equipment removed.
  • 1943: With Force H.
  • May 10, 1943: Returned to Cyde.
  • July 1943: Supported invasion of Sicily.
  • July 17, 1943: Bombarded Catania.
  • September 2, 1944: Bombarded Reggio.
  • September 16, 1943: Hit by FX1400 guided bomb. Taken in tow by two US tugs.
  • September 19, 1943: Arrived in Malta.
  • November 1, 1943: Makeshift repairs made and towed to Gibraltar. Some repairs done in the dockyard.
  • 1944 - 1945: With Home Fleet and then put into reserves.
  • March 9, 1944: Sailed for additional repairs at Rosyth.
  • June 6, 1944: Provided fire support on Sword and Gold Beaches.
  • June 13, 1944: Hit a mine off Harwich and heavily damaged.
  • August 23, 1944: Bombarded Brest peninsula.
  • September 10, 1944: Bombarded Le Harve.
  • November 1, 1944: Supported Walcheren landings.
  • February 1, 1945: Moved to reserves.

 

Usage

Battle of Cape Matapan

In March 1941 the HMS Warspite, HMS Valiant, and HMS Barham sank the cruisers Zara, Fiume, and Pola and two destroyers of the Italian fleet. HMS Warspite was able to fire two broadsides at the Fiume and four at the Zara.

Specifications

  Queen Elizabeth class
Crew 950, 1,124, 1,124 - 1,184
Displacement 22,500 tons, 32,700 tons
Displacement - Loaded 33,000 tons, 37,000 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 639' 9", 643' 9", 645' 9"
196.76 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 600'
182.8 m
Length - Water Line 634' 6"
Beam 90' 6", 104'
27.57 m
Draft / Height 30' 2", 30' 8", 30' 9"
9.19 m
Draft / Height - Maximum 33' 6"
Performance  
Speed 24 knots
Range at 12 knots 5,000 nautical miles
Armament 15" L/42: 8
15" twin turrets: 4
6" 16
Anti-Aircraft 3": 2
4.5": 20
Anti-Aircraft - 1926 4" QF Mk V: 4
Torpedo Tubes 21": 4
Aircraft None, 4
Armor  
Belt - Main 4" - 13"
Decks 1.25" - 4"
Turrets 5" - 13"
Turrets - Front 13"
Turrets - Side 11"
Turrets - Top 4.25"
Engines  
Boilers Admiralty
Babcock & Wilcox: 24
Shafts 4
Turbines Geared
Parsons direct-drive
Parsons geared
HP 75,000, 80,000
Oil 3,400 tons
Gasoline  
  HMS Barham
Crew  
Displacement 31,100 tons, 33,590 tons
Displacement - Loaded 35,970 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length  
Length - Water Line  
Beam  
Draft / Height  
Draft / Height - Maximum  
Performance  
Speed 24 knots
Range 4,400 nautical miles
Armament 6": 12
Anti-Aircraft 4" twin mounts: 4
Aircraft 1
Armor  
Engines  
Boilers Yarrow
Shafts 4
Turbines Brown-Curtis
Parsons geared
HP 75,000
Oil 3,400 tons
Gasoline  
  HMS Malaya
Crew 1,124 - 1,184
Displacement 31,100 tons, 33,530 tons
Displacement - Loaded 35,000 tons
Displacement - Loaded - 1944 37,710 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 639' 9"
Length - Between Perpendiculars 600'
Length - Water Line 634' 6"
Beam 104'
Draft / Height 30' 8"
Draft / Height - Maximum 33' 6"
Performance  
Speed  
Range  
Armament 15" L/42: 8
6": 12
Anti-Aircraft 4": 12
4" twin mounts: 4
2 pdr pompoms: 24
20 mm: 17
Anti-Aircraft - 1936 4" QF Mk XVI twin mounts: 4
2 pdr pompoms: 2
Anti-Aircraft - 1942 Added 2 pdr pompoms: 2
Anti-Aircraft - January 1943 Added 4" QF Mk XVI twin mounts: 2
Anti-Aircraft - 1944 20 mm Oerlikons: 45
Aircraft  
Armor  
Engines  
Boilers Babcock: 24
HP  
Oil  
Gasoline  
  HMS Queen Elizabeth
Crew  
Displacement 32,700 tons, 34,050 tons
Displacement - 1939 31,795 tons
Displacement - Loaded - 1939 36,821 tons
Displacement - Loaded - 1944 38,450 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length  
Length - Water Line  
Beam  
Draft / Height 32' 9"
Draft / Height - Loaded - 1944 34' 6"
10.52 m
Performance  
Speed 23.5 knots
Range  
Armament 15" L/42 Mk I twin turrets: 4
Anti-Aircraft 4.5" twin mounts: 10
4.5" L/45 QF Mk I or Mk II twin mounts: 10
2 pdr pompom: 32
Aircraft  
Armor  
Decks 3.75" - 7"
Engines  
Boilers Admiralty: 8
Shafts 4
Turbines Parsons geared
HP 80,000
Oil 3,366 tons
Gasoline  
  HMS Valiant
Crew  
Displacement 32,700 tons, 33,910 tons
Displacement - 1939 31,585 tons
Displacement - Loaded - 1939 36,513 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length  
Length - Water Line  
Beam  
Draft / Height 32' 9"
Draft / Height - Loaded - 1939 32' 10"
10.01 m
Performance  
Speed - 1939 23.5 knots, 24 knots
Range  
Armament 15" twin turrets: 4
15" L/42 Mk I twin turrets: 4
Anti-Aircraft 4.5" twin mounts: 10
4.5" L/45 QF Mk I or Mk II twin mounts: 10
2 pdr: 32
2 pdr pompom: 32
0.5" Machine Guns quad mounts: 4
Aircraft 2
Armor  
Decks 3.75" - 7"
Engines  
Boilers - 1939 Admiralty: 8
Shafts 4
Turbines Brown-Curtis
Turbines - 1939 Parsons geared
HP - 1939 80,000
Oil - 1939 3,393 tons
Gasoline  
  HMS Warspite
Crew  
Displacement 30,600 tons, 33,670 tons
Displacement - 1937 31,315 tons, 36,450 tons
Displacement - Loaded - 1937 36,450 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length  
Length - Water Line  
Beam  
Draft / Height  
Draft / Height - Loaded - 1937 33' 1"
10.08 m
Performance  
Speed 23.5 knots
Range at 12 knots 7,400 nautical miles
Armament 15" twin turrets: 4
15" L/42 Mk I twin turrets: 4
6": 8, 12
6" L/45 Mk XII: 8
Anti-Aircraft 4" twin mounts: 4
4" QF Mk XVI twin mounts: 4
2 pdr: 32
2 pdr pompom: 32
0.5" Machine Guns quad mount: 4
Aircraft 2
Armor  
Engines  
Boilers Yarrow
Boilers - 1937 Admiralty: 6
Shafts 4
Turbines - 1937 Parsons geared
HP - 1937 80,000
Oil - 1937 3,501 tons
Gasoline  

Sources:

  1. Warships of World War II, H. T. Lenton and J. J. Colledge, 1964
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
  3. Battleships of World War Two an International Encyclopedia, M. J. Whitley, 1998
  4. Janes' Fighting Ships of World War II, 1989
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