HMS Formidable

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HMS Formidable.   Royal Naval battleship of the Formidable Class.  HMS Formidable served in the Mediterranean Fleet up to April 1908 when she was transferred to the Channel Fleet. She went to Chatham dockyard for refit from August 1909 to April 1909 joining the Home Fleet after refit and then the Atlantic Fleet until May 1912. Reduced to Nucleus crew with the 2nd Fleet at the Nore. Served between 1912-14 with the 5th Battle Squadron and was serving with this squadron at the outbreak of World War I. She was sunk on 1st January 1915 while on Channel patrol off Portland Hill by torpedoes of German U-Boat U-24, losing 547 men from her complement of 780. The ship had sunk quickly during bad weather which caused such a high loss of life.

Armament: four 12inch guns, twelve 6 inch guns, sixteen 12 pdr guns, two 12 pdr guns, six 3 pdr guns, 2 maxims and four torpedo tubes.    Displacement: 15,000 tons.   Speed: 18 knots.    Complement: 780 (flagship 810).

HMS Formidable at Portsmouth, ready for armour plating.

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HMS Formidable, 1901.

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HMS Formidable, 1901.

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HMS Formidable

HMS Formidable during World War One

HMS Formidable.

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HMS Formidable.

Postcard Picture of HMS Formidable

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HMS Formidable.

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HMS Formidable.

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Crew of HMS Formidable after coaling.

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