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An item dated London, England 9th reported that after Churchill in the House of Commons a day earlier stated that the British had just two battle cruisers was the Admiralty asked if this was correct. The statement was in so far correct that there were 2 battle cruisers available for the operations around Norway. Totally served within the British Royal Navy three of this kind, namely the Repulse, Renown (2) and Hood.(3)
1. Battle cruiser of the Renown-class, originally designed as a Revenge-class battleship. Laid down by John Brown and Company, Clydebank, Scotland on 25 January 1915, launched on 8 January 1916, commissioned on 18 August 1916 and sunk by Japanese aircraft off Kuantan, South Chinese Sea on 10 December 1941. She participated in the so-called Norwegian Campaign between April-June 1940
2. Battle cruiser of the Renown-class, originally designed as a Revenge-class battleship. Laid down 25 January 1915 of the shipyard of Fairfield, Govan, Scotland was she stricken in 1948 and sold to be broken up. She participated in the so-called Norwegian Campaign between April-June 1940.
3. Nicknamed Mighty Hood. Pennant 51. Her building at the shipyard of John Brown&Company was ordered on 7 April 1916, laid down on 1 September, launched on 22 August 1918, commissioned on 15 May 1920 as world largest warship, sunk on 24 May 1941 during her battle with the German battleship Bismarck. The only one of the four projected Admiral class battle cruisers caused by an insufficient design despite the modifications after the Battle of Jutland (31 May-1 June 1916).