14 in battleship HMS Prince of Wales leaving Singapore on 8 December Japanese aircraft sank her together with accompanying battlecruiser HMS Repulse less than 48 hours later, thus proving that the era of supremacy for the 'big gun ship' was over.
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HMS Prince of Wales arriving at Sembawang Naval Base, Singapore, 4 December The King George V-class gun Battleship was sunk by Japanese aircraft torpedoes six days later on 10 December 1941 with great loss of life .
HMS Repulse leaving Singapore on 8 December She was sunk by Japanese aircraft two days later together with battleship HMS Prince of Wales (photo of her departure elsewhere) - an action generally accepted to have heralded the end of the Big Gun era.