Built to defend Britain in the war that was clearly coming, the King George V-class of battleships compromised only with their main armaments which were reduced to 14 inch guns to fulfil treaty obligations. However, by mounting ten of them, the King George V could pack a fearsome punch. It was also very fast for such a well-armoured ship. The last of this class to be built, HMS Howe spent most of its life serving in the Arctic, protecting Russian convoys, though she was also present at Okinawa to provide coastal bombardment during the Allied landings. HMS Anson also provided escort services in the Arctic, and accepted the surrender of Japanese forces at Hong Kong.