HMS Warspite coming to World of Warships
What Yamato was to the Japanese Navy and Iowa was to the US Navy, HMS Warspite of the Royal Navy is a true legend only matched by the power of her revolutionary, “war spitting” 15” guns. And it is coming to World of Warships right now!
One of Britain´s deadliest ships, the HMS Warspite was a Queen Elizabeth class of super dreadnoughts – the most technically advanced ship of her era that holds more honours than any one of her peers in British naval history. Winston Churchill, as First Lord of Admiralty, was part of the 30,000 strong crowd that watched the launch of the ship on 26 November 1913.
“Iconic ship”. “A mighty warship of historical significance”. “Grand old lady”. Those are the characteristics and nicknames HMS Warspite gained during her 30 year career. Serving in both World Wars, she endured crippling bombardments and raids, having to be towed back several times to allied ports for repairs, but always coming back to action.
In 1934, she underwent major modernization in Portsmouth. Improvements were made to her superstructure, aircraft facilities as well as propulsion and weapons systems. After heavy battle damage off Crete, Warspite was refitted and upgunned in the USA in late 1941 - this version of the ship is the one represented in World of Warships. In a similar configuration – only with even more AA guns - the vessel took part in the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, providing gunfire support for Allied troops landing on Gold Beach on June 6, 1944.
Despite her “stiff upper lip” and victories during her career, she didn’t escape the grim fate of being sold for scrap in 1947. While being towed to the breakers, Warspite broke loose and ran aground in Cornwall, England. Defiant until the very end, she was eventually recovered and dismantled. Maybe, it is time for her to rise from the ashes. What do you think, captains?