Allied Warships

HMS Howe (32)

Battleship of the King George V class

HMS Howe as completed.

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassKing George V 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered28 Apr 1937 
Laid down1 Jun 1937 
Launched9 Apr 1940 
Commissioned28 Sep 1942 
End service21 Apr 1949 

Decommissioned to Reserve on 21 April 1949. Sold to T. W. Ward in 1957, arrived at Inverkeithing for scrapping 4 June 1958.


Commands listed for HMS Howe (32)

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1Capt. Charles Henry Lawrence Woodhouse, RN3 Apr 1942Dec 1943
2Cdr. John Dreyer Shaw-Hamilton, RNDec 19432 Mar 1944
3Capt. Henry William Urquhart McCall, DSO, RN2 Mar 194413 Feb 1946

4Capt. Robert John Shaw, RN25 Aug 19476 Jul 1948

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Notable events involving Howe include:

11 Dec 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Goathland (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Pumphrey, RN, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). After these exercises HMS H 32 conducted a practice attack on HMS Howe (Capt. C.H.L. Woodhouse, CB, RN). (1)

19 Aug 1944

Operation Banquet,
Carrier raid against Padang, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies by ships of the Eastern Fleet.

On 19 July 1944 ships from the Eastern Fleet put to sea from Trincomalee, Ceylon. The Task Force was called Force 64 and was made up of the following ships; British aircraft carriers HMS Victorious (Capt. M.M. Denny, CB, CBE, RN), HMS Indomitable (Capt. J.A.S. Eccles, RN), the British battleship HMS Howe (Capt. H.W.U. McCall, DSO, RN), the British light cruisers HMS Ceylon (Capt. G.B. Amery-Parkes, RN), HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. H.W. Biggs, DSO, RN), HMS Raider (Lt.Cdr. K.W. Michell, DSC, RN), HMS Redoubt (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Ropner, DSO, RN), HMS Rapid (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Rocket (Lt.Cdr. H.B. Acworth, OBE, RN).

On the 17th the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Easedale (8032 GRT, built 1942 escorted by the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) had already gone to sea to be in a position to refuel ships from Force 64 on the 22th.

On the 24th the carriers launched aircraft to attack Padang. They claimed to have sunk a transport and to have damaged two more transports. (2)

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  1. ADM 173/17220
  2. Files and (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands) and WO 203 / 4980 (British National Archives, Kew, London)

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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