HMS Marlborough (1912)

Marlborough, shortly after completion. Royal Navy photo.

Laid Down
1912
Launched
1912
Commissioned
1914
Decommissioned
1931
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History

The Iron Duke-class dreadnought HMS Marlborough was laid down in January, 1912, and launched nine months later. Commissioning in 1914, Marlborough joined the 1st Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet, but did not see action until the Battle of Jutland. During the fighting, her gunfire was not terribly accurate, and she was hit by a torpedo, forcing her to limp back to port, although repairs were completed quickly. Marlborough saw no further action in World War I, but received a flying off platform for aircraft in 1918. After escorting the German Fleet into internment in November, she was employed in the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War, and rescued members of the Russian Imperial Family from the Crimea on orders from King George V. Marlborough spent the 1920s in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Fleets, and operated as a training ship from 1926. She was decommissioned in 1931, and spent a year as the target of various weapons tests before she was sold for scrap.