She was the
flagship of the Home Fleet under the command of Admiral Sir John Tovey, and was
involved in the chase for the German battleship Bismarck. On 27 May 1941, she
and Rodney poured a large number of shells into to the hull of that ill-fated
While escorting convoy PQ-15 to Murmansk on 1 May 1942, King George V collided with the destroyer HMS Punjabi, resulting in the sinking of the latter ship and minimal damage to the battleship. In the Mediterranean, King George V covered the Operation Husky landings at Sicily, as well as having the honour of transporting the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, back to Britain from the Tehran Conference.
From 1944 until the surrender of Japan, King George V served with the British Pacific Fleet, and was present at Japan during the official surrender ceremony. She was recommissioned as flagship of the Home Fleet in 1946. Just three years later, King George V was decommissioned into the Reserve Fleet and subsequently scrapped at Dalmuir in 1957.
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