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HMS Malaya more or less as completed

The fifth and final member of the Queen Elizabeth class battleships, almost certainly the best all-round British battleship class. Originally there were only four units of this class planned, but the Federated Malay States, (soon to be known as Malaya, and now part of Malysia) offered to pay for a fifth ship as a gift, and this gift was gladly and eagerly accepted, and became HMS Malaya. Malaya was rebuilt between 1934-36, but not to the extent Valiant, Warspite and Queen Elizabeth herself were, so after a spell in the Med with Force H, Malaya served with the Home Fleet 1942-43, before being withdrawn from service to release experienced crewmen for other, newer ships. She was used for training as a target for midget sub attacks, training in 1943 for midget sub attack on Tirpitz. She was sold for scrap in April 1948.

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Taken on August 21, 2010