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cd... HMS Implacable was a 74-gun third rate of the Royal Navy. She was originally the French Navy's Téméraire-class ship of the line Duguay-Trouin, launched in 1800. She survived the Battle of Trafalgar only for the British to capture her at the subsequent Battle of Cape Ortegal. In British service she participated in the capture of the Imperial Russian Navy 74-gun ship of the line Vsevolod (Russian: Всеволод) in the Baltic in 1808 during the Anglo-Russian War.
HMS Middleton Sails to the Shetland Islands
HMS Middleton Sails to the Shetland Islands. HMS Middleton has made the first visit by Royal Navy warship to Lerwick on the Shetland Islands, for nearly a decade. The visit helped to promote the relationship between the Royal Navy and the Islands, and to help the local population to gain a greater understanding of the role of the UK’s Mine Counter Measures Vessels (MCMVs). The ship entered the UK’s northern most port in typical local conditions but received significant interest from the local co
HMS Kent Supports Fight against ISIL in the Middle East
HMS Kent Supports Fight against ISIL in the Middle East. Portsmouth-based HMS Kent has been part of the battle group of the USS Carl Vinson as the carrier launches bombing strikes against ISIL forces in the Middle East. The Type 23 frigate has also been on duty with the French FS Charles de Gaulle carrier strike group during her four months in the Persian Gulf. Aircraft from both carriers have been conducting daily missions against key ISIL targets as part of the coalition involving more than 60 countries. The anti-submarine frigate has been protecting the battle group vessels – and more than 7,000 personnel – from threats at sea and from the air. Commanding Officer, Commander Andrew Block said: HMS Kent provides a secure bubble of international water to support those fighting in Syria and Iraq. Charles de Gaulle relies on us to do our job effectively so that she can concentrate on delivering the strikes against ISIL. HMS Kent’s Lynx helicopter from 815 NAS has been conducting searches by day and night to keep the battle groups safe. Flight Commander, Lieutenant Eifion Parry said: Operating at sea in the Northern Gulf is a challenging environment for any aviator, but with two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers both launching and recovering fast jets as well as rotary-wing aircraft in close proximity, it is a busy sky to fly in. HMS Kent will remain with the battle groups before returning home later in the year.
HMS Hazard(J02), a Halcyon class Minesweeper. built by William Gray & Co of Hartlepool.a steam turbine powered Halycons(earlier boats had steam recips). Commissioned on 23/11/37. Spent early war in Scotland. In '41 due to escort losses reassigned to convoy duty under Western Approaches Command. Converted in 09/41 for Arctic convoy duties. Reassigned to the Mediterranean in 05/43. Returned Harwich in 10/44 for refit. '45 off East coast of UK minesweeping. 06/46 placed in reserve & scrapped 04/49.
HMS Agincourt(D86) a Battle class Destroyer built by Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Laid down on 12/12/43, launced 29/01/45 & commissioned 25/06/47. Initially armed with 5 x 4.5" guns, 8 x Bofors 40mm, 10 x 21" tubes & 2 Squid motars, subsequently fitted with Sea Cat missiles in '59 when converted to Radar pickets. Took part in the Suez crisis of '57. Placed in reserve in '66 & scrapped '74.
Lieut A J Sewell,DSC, RNVR. A Fleet Air Arm pilot photographed at Yeolvert in December '41. At this time he was already an ace acheived whilst flyin Fulmars off HMS Illustrious in the Mediterranean. Subsequently commanded 804 Squadron aboard HMS Dasher. Participated inthe North Africa Landings. September '43 went to USA to raise 1837 Squadron and fit them out with corsairs. On 03/10/43, whilst practing over Yarmouth Maine USA his wingman crashed into him and both pilots crashed to their deaths.
HMS Ludham(M2708) a Ham class Minesweeper an inshore minesweepers (IMS), known as the Type 1, .The class was designed to operate in the shallow water of rivers and estuaries. The parent firm responsible for supervising construction was Samuel White of Cowes, Isle of Wight. Unlike traditional minesweepers, they were not equipped for sweeping moored or magnetic mines. Their work was to locate individual mines and neutralise them. The class consisted of 93 ships, launched between '54 & '59
HMS Devastation (1871) HMS Devastation was the first of two Devastation-class mastless turret ships built for the British Royal Navy. This was the first class of ocean-going capital ship that did not carry sails, and the first whose entire main armament was mounted on top of the hull rather than inside it. For their first fifteen years, they were the most powerful warships in the world.
BATTLE SCHOOL FOR U-BOAT HUNTERS: ROYAL NAVAL TRAINING AT TOBERMORY, MULL, SCOTLAND, UK, 1944
Ratings on board HMS WESTERN ISLES winch up the tow line during a training exercise at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. 1944. The original caption explains that, in order to tow a damaged ship to safety, a Chief Petty Officer fires a line across to the deck of the damaged ship: to the line is attached a rope, to the tope a hawser and to the hawser a cable. The cable is hauled in by the rescued ship, and when all is secure the ship is in tow.
771 NAS have a busy bank holiday. The duty Search & Rescue (SAR) crew are called out to HMS Dragon off the South west coast of Wales. HMS Dragon was conducting sea trials when a call came through, informing the Commanding Officer of a comapsionate case for a member of the ships company on the UK mainland. 771 NAS where tasked to rendezvous with HMS Dragon and take the rating to Plymouth. 771 Naval Air Squadron, based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose (HMS Seahawk), near Helston, Cornwall