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Auxiliaries – World War 2

Auxiliaries are extremely important for navies of all sizes, as without them, the primary fleet vessels cannot be effective. One of the most direct ways that auxiliaries support the fleet is by providing underway replenishment to major fleet units. This … Continue reading

Posted in on Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Battleships & Frigates – World War 2

Much of World War II was fought at sea from the cold waters of the North Atlantic to the tropical water of the South Pacific. On the outbreak of the War, large fleets of battleships—many inherited from the dreadnought era … Continue reading

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Cruisers – World War 2

Cruisers were usually armed with torpedo tubes, and often are fitted with facilities for carrying one to three floatplanes. They usually had a top speed of around 30 knots, were designed to mix speed with range, endurance and firepower, and … Continue reading

Posted in on Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Corvettes – World War 2

Great Britain’s shipbuilding program of 1939 and 1940 required a convoy escort vessel which was capable of being built quickly, of mounting the then available anti-submarine equipment, of surviving the heavy seas around the British Isles, and of matching U-boat … Continue reading

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Depot Ships – World War 2

Submarine depot vessels were crucial to the up-keep and maintenance of all the British submarine flotillas’ during World War Two. A depot ship was a floating workshop, accommodation and rest area and also a supply vessel. You could receive your mail, buy cigarettes, … Continue reading

Posted in on Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Destroyers – World War 2

At the start of World War II, the Royal Navy operated a range of destroyer classes. Some of these were legacies of World War I, some were designed during the inter-war years and the rest were the result of wartime … Continue reading

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Minesweepers – World War 2

Among the Naval services rendered to Great Britain and the Allies during World War II, none were more conspicuously important than the work of British minesweepers and minelayers. The mine-sweeping has been described by those who should know as having been … Continue reading

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Sloops, Patrol Vessels & Tugs – World War 2

A wide  range of smaller ships also served in the Royal Navy in the Second World War. Perhaps not as glamorous as the big guns ships, never the less the Trawlers, Drifters, Tugs and other small ships gave sterling service … Continue reading

Posted in on Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Torpedo Boats – World War 2

“A surface vessel of war whose main armament is torpedoes, and is intended to travel at sea with the battle fleet to attack major enemy warships.” At the outbreak of war there were three flotillas of Motor Torpedo “short boats” … Continue reading

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Trawlers – World War 2

All Trawlers operated by RN, regardless of origin, were typically given the prefix HMT which stood for “His Majesty’s Trawler”. During 1907 Admiral Lord Charles Beresford recommended that steam trawlers be used in the role of minesweepers in the event … Continue reading

Posted in on Sunday, April 13th, 2014