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Battleship histories. Royal naval battleship HMS Resolution. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS Resolution from launch to participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Resolution.

HMS Resolution was built by Palmers and launched 14th January 1915 and completed December 1916. and immediately joined the 1st battle squadron of the Grand Fleet. In April 1919 after the war joined the 2nd battle squadron Atlantic Fleet and became Flagship of the 1st battle squadron in The Mediterranean. During World war two she she served in the  Home Fleet on Atlantic Convoy duties 1939 - 1940 and in the US was refitted  1941. Joined the Eastern Fleet 1942 to 1943, and became a training ship in 1944 - 1945. Scrapped at Faslane, Scotland ion the 13th May 1948.

Displacement: 28,500 without bulges, 30,100   Speed: 21.0 knots   Compliment: 920     Armament: Eight 15-inch guns in pairs and fourteen 6 -inch guns.  Two 3 inch Anti Aircraft Guns.

HMS Resolution, July 1919.

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HMS Resolution, July 1919.

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HMS Resolution, July 1935.

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HMS Resolution, 1935.

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HMS Resolution, July 1935.

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HMS Resolution, with Fairey IIIF, 1938.

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HMS Resolution, July 1946.

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HMS Resolution, 1921.

HMS Resolution - "Having a Nap in the Mediterranean Sun, Pollensa Bay"

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Walter Gray, of HMS Resolution. Contributed by his son.

Walter Gray served on HMS Resolution from 28th August 1942 to 28th February 1943. 

 

HMS Hood - Operation Catapult by Anthony Saunders


HMS Hood - Operation Catapult by Anthony Saunders

The pride of the British fleet, The Mighty Hood as she was known, was launched in 1918. Weighing in at over 40,000 tons she was 860 feet long and had eight 15 inch guns, at her launch she was more than a match for any adversary. Hood sailed the world in the inter-war years and was admired in every foreign port she visited, however with a lack of major refits in this time the second world war found the Hood unprepared for a major battle, On the 24th of May 1941 the German battleship Bismarck found Hoods achilles heel within only a few salvos, namely her inadequate deck armour. Hood exploded in a huge fireball from which only three sailors survived. Here HMS Hood is seen with Force H in the Mediterranean. Winston Churchill knew that the powerful French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir could fall into German hands at any time and that the threat had to be removed by any means. On the 3rd of July 1940 the French fleet was duly dispatched by Force H. The Strasbourg being the only French battl.........


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HMS Resolution at Gibraltar by Ivan Berryman.


HMS Resolution at Gibraltar by Ivan Berryman.

Launched in January 1915, the Revenge-class battleship HMS Resolution was to enjoy a 33 year career during which she served in the Atlantic, home and Eastern Fleets as well as serving repeated spells in the Mediterranean, being both bombed and torpedoed along the way. She is depicted off Gibraltar with HMS Wolverine, the destroyer perhaps best remembered for destroying the U-47 which sunk Resolutions sister ship Royal Oak in Scapa Flow.
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Completed in 1916, the Resolution was one of the finest capital ships in the Royal Navy, serving in many theatres with her sister ships, Royal Sovereign, Royal Oak, Ramillies and Revenge, she is shown here in 1936.
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