HMS Rodney

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

HMS Rodney. Built by Cammell Laid and launched on the 17th December 1925. and commissioned into the Royal navy on the 7th December 1927. HMS Rodney served with the home Fleet 1939 - 1942 with Force H in 1943 and the Home Fleet 1943  to 1945. (being Flagship at Scapa Flow in 1944). HMS Rodney took part in the sinking of the Bismarck on the 27th may 1941. But the ship had major structural problems, and after the sinking of the Bismarck went to Boston for repairs, during winter of 1941 to 1942. This failed to rectify her problems. After the war she was put into reserve in 1945 and finally scrapped at Inverkeithing on the 26th March 1948.

Displacement 33,900 tons.  Speed 23 Knots   range (at 16 Knots 7,000 miles)

Armament: Nine 16- inch guns in three turrets of three  guns.  Twelve  6 - inch guns in pairs six 4.7 inch anti aircraft guns in singles. Twenty four 2 pounder AA guns and twelve machine guns (after 1944 this was changed to forty Four 2 pdr. AA Guns) Two torpedo Tubes and two aircraft.

Compliment 1330 to 1558

HMS Rodney.

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HMS Rodney, May 1935.

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HMS Rodney, May 1937.

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HMS Rodney, with a Fairey Swordfish on board, May 1939.

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HMS Rodney, with Fairey Swordfish, May 1939.

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HMS Rodney at Malta, August 1943.

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HMS Rodney c.1927. 

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HMS Rodney with submarine L54.

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The Chapel of St, Christopher, HMS Rodney circa 1930

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HMS Rodney

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HMS Rodney.

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HMS Rodney.

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Thomas Idris Davies is the sailor piping the officer aboard, to the far right of the picture. (1939 - 1945)

Contributed by Karen Holdcroft.

HMS Rodney. Built by Cammell Laid and launched on the 17th December 1925. and commissioned into the Royal navy on the 7th December 1927. HMS Rodney served with the home Fleet 1939 - 1942 with Force H in 1943 and the Home Fleet 1943  to 1945. (being Flagship at Scapa Flow in 1944). HMS Rodney took part in the sinking of the Bismarck on the 27th may 1941. But the ship had major structural problems, and after the sinking of the Bismarck went to Boston for repairs, during winter of 1941 to 1942. This failed to rectify her problems. After the war she was put into reserve in 1945 and finally scrapped at Inverkeithing on the 26th March 1948.

Displacement 33,900 tons.  Speed 23 Knots   range (at 16 Knots 7,000 miles)

Armament: Nine 16- inch guns in three turrets of three  guns.  Twelve  6 - inch guns in pairs six 4.7 inch anti aircraft guns in singles. Twenty four 2 pounder AA guns and twelve machine guns (after 1944 this was changed to forty Four 2 pdr. AA Guns) Two torpedo Tubes and two aircraft.

Compliment 1330 to 1558