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Posted by tomcervo on August 28, 2017, 7:49:22, in reply to "Is it unlucky to change a ship's name?"
It's the custom to name a RN capital unit for the reigning monarch. That was altered in the 30's, when George VI said that he preferred that the ship to named for him be named after his father instead. Which is typical for the man.
But in a way, he already had a unit named after him. Two ships of that class were named for the two brothers, Prince of Wales and Duke of York. The first was not a lucky ship, sent into action twice without adequate support or preparation, and sunk. The second had a quietly substantial career, and presided over the RN's last great gun action.
Rather like their namesakes.
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