The sister ships spent most of their careers assigned to the 2nd Battle Squadron of the Home and Grand Fleets, sometimes serving as flagships. The King George V-class battleships were the most modern British battleships used during World War II. Five ships of this class were commissioned: HMS King George V (1940), HMS Prince of Wales (1941), HMS Duke of York (1941), HMS Howe (1942) and HMS Anson (1942). The King George V Class Battleships Were a Force to Be Reckoned With Displacing 44,500 tons (standard) and capable of thirty knots, Vanguard was the largest battleship ever built by the Royal Navy,... The King George V Class Battleships were True Monsters The Royal Navy's first post-London Treaty battleships were the five ships of the King George V class, which served with honor in every theater... King George V class.
The King George V class immediately followed the Orion class upon which they were based. The King George V class battleships seem to have been a classic example of the dangers of "design by committee". Given the limitations of the Washington Disarmament Treaty and the constraints of tight budgets and an apathetic Parliament they were probably the best that Britain could have done at the time, and Tarrant has done a wonderful job of showing us the history of their development ... As a result, the King George V class were arguably the weakest-armed battleships built in the 1930 to 1946 time period.