|BC630R||Royal Navy Ships Retail Booklet Cover||£18.50||Pre Order|
Issue Date: 19/09/2019
Issue Name: Royal Navy Ships Retail Booklet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Throughout the United Kingdom's history, as an island nation, it has been vitally important to have the means to travel across the sea to trade, defend and travel throughout what would have become a huge empire. The development of ships and navigation through the years has meant that the Royal Navy has a rich and varied history.
This cover features the Mary Rose and Queen Elizabeth retail booklet stamps along with four 1st class definitive stamps. It has an image of HMS King George V, along with our 'Royal Navy Ships' Portsmouth postmark (19th September, 2019).
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HMS King George V
HMS King George V (pennant number 41) was the lead ship of the King George V-class battleships of the Royal Navy. Five ships of this class were built, they were the most modern British battleships in commission during World War II. HMS King George V operated during the Second World War in all three major theatres of war, the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific.
On 1st April 1942 King George V was made flagship of the British Home Fleet and remained so during the rest of the war. HMS King George V became a training battleship in November 1947. King George V’s active naval career was terminated by the Royal Navy in June 1950, when she and her surviving sister-ships went into reserve and were mothballed. King George V was the first large warship to be preserved in this fashion. In December 1955, she was downgraded to extended reserve and in 1957 the decision was taken to scrap the four ships.
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