HMS Renown

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Battle cruiser histories. Royal naval battle cruiser HMS Renown. Battle cruiser website dedicated to the history of HMS Renown from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Renown.

HMS Renown was a Battle cruiser built at Fairfield and re engined at Cammell Laird. she was launched on the 4th march 1916. Between the wars HMS Renown has a major refit at Portsmouth in May 1923 to August 1926. She had her belt armour increased, (using the plate armour intended for the Chilean battleship Almirante Cochrane). Her horizontal armour was increased from 1-inch to 1.5 inch.

HMS Renown served in all major theatres during world war two. During September 1939 she served in the north sea and during October 1939 took part in the search for the German surface raiders Admiral Graf Spee and Deutschland. During August 1940 the renown exchanged fire with the German Battle Cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst  but only received slight damage. During the rest of 1940and 1941  HMS Renown served with Force H. Renown also took part in the pursuit of the Bismarck, during May 1941. During November 1942 she supported the Allied Landing in North Africa.  During early 1944 HMS Renown joined the British eastern Fleet supporting the carrier raids, and also the bombarding of Surabaya.  At Durban she had a refit and then returned to home water in March 1945.  Due to her poor condition HMS renown was put into reserve and was finally scrapped at Faslane, Scotland on August 1948. (Above left photograph is of Renown in the lock at the Panama Canal).

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HMS Renown, 1916.

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HMS Renown, 1932.

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HMS Renown, 1934.

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HMS Renown, 1934.

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HMS Renown, 1934.

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HMS Renown, 1934.

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HMS Renown, 1934.

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HMS Renown, 1934.

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HMS Renown, 1934.

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HMS Renown, c.1928.

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HMS Renown, July 1935.

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HMS Renown, February 1943.

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HMS Renown, March 1945.

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HMS Renown, March 1945.

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Looking aft from bridge, HMS Renown, July 1945.

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HMS Renown, August 1945.

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HMS Renown, August 1945.

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HMS Renown, August 1945.

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HMS Renown, August 1945.

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HMS Renown, August 1945.

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HMS Renown, February 1946.

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HMS Renown, February 1946.

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HMS Renown. 

HMS Renown

Illumination and Reflection of Renown at Sydney, Australia.

View from Aloft, Passing Through the Suez Canal

HMS Renown.

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HMS Renown.

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HMS Renown was a Battle cruiser built at Fairfield and re engined at Cammell Laird. she was launched on the 4th march 1916. Between the wars HMS Renown has a major refit at Portsmouth in May 1923 to August 1926. She had her belt armour increased, (using the plate armour intended for the Chilean battleship Almirante Cochrane). Her horizontal armour was increased from 1-inch to 1.5 inch.

HMS Renown served in all major theatres during world war two. During September 1939 she served in the north sea and during October 1939 took part in the search for the German surface raiders Admiral Graf Spee and Deutschland. During August 1940 the renown exchanged fire with the German Battle Cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst  but only received slight damage. During the rest of 1940and 1941  HMS Renown served with Force H. Renown also took part in the pursuit of the Bismarck, during May 1941. During November 1942 she supported the Allied Landing in North Africa.  During early 1944 HMS Renown joined the British eastern Fleet supporting the carrier raids, and also the bombarding of Surabaya.  At Durban she had a refit and then returned to home water in March 1945.  Due to her poor condition HMS renown was put into reserve and was finally scrapped at Faslane, Scotland on August 1948. (Above left photograph is of Renown in the lock at the Panama Canal).

We would like to thank Mr Derek Breed for these three photographs of HMS Renown taken by his father Mr Joseph Harold Breed who was Able Seaman in Gunnery on HMS Renown.

HMS Renown leads two aircraft carriers HMS Courageous and HMS Furious 1935.

 

HMS Renown Circa 1926

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The ship in this photo has been identified as HMS Renown by Pieter Cornelissen:  The picture you are showing on your website shows a ship with two funnels and with triple mounting of 4" guns very high on the forward superstructure. Courageoues class cruisers had only one funnel and the 4" triples lower on the ship. Renown class battlecruisers did have two funnels and 4" guns high on the forward superstructure. This leaves the question of which ship, Renown or Repulse. According to Siegfried Breyer Repulse had her searchlight platforms high on different levels on  the after funnel, Renown had her searchlight platforms  low and at the same level. So the ship in your picture is probably Renown 

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The guns of HMS Renown. 

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HMS Renown.

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HMS Renown.

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HMS Renown.

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HMS Renown in Scapa Flow

HMS Renown firing a broadside.

Crew members from HMS Renown or HMS Royal Oak.

Any help identifying the crew, date, or location appreciated as always.

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