HMS Royal Oak

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

HMS Royal Oak was built at Devonport Dockyard laid down on the 15th January 1914 and launched 17th November 1914. and commissioned into the Royal navy on the 1st May 1916. She saw service at the Battle of Jutland. but was not damaged. Between the wars HMS Royal Oak rebuilt with the removal of torpedo tubes and the addition of AA  twin 4-inch guns replacing single mounted 4  inch AA guns. She was torpedoed and sunk at Scapa Flow by U - 47 on the 14th October 1939.

Displacement: 33,500 tons, weight increased after refit to 34,420 tons. Speed: 19  to 21.5 knots   Range: 4,000 nautical miles.  Compliment 1,040 to 1146.  Armament: Eight 15 - inch Guns, twelve 6 - inch Guns, Eight 4 - inch AA Guns in pairs  Sixteen 2 pounder in pairs. this was increased to 24.  Four 21 inch Torpedo Tubes which were removed during modernization between the wars.

HMS Royal Oak, June 1938.

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HMS Royal Oak, June 1938.

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HMS Royal Oak, perhaps leading the 4th Battle Squadron.

Many thanks to Carl Proctor.

Carl identified the Royal Oak opposite by the small cut out in the side which is unique to the Royal Oak.

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HMS Royal Oak, June 1938.

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HMS Royal Oak.

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HMS Royal Oak

The Fighting Face of a British Battleship: The Royal Oak

Though this Royal Oak did not have the triple gun turrets only twins, the remarkable head-on view gives a good impression of a very powerful fighting force.

The Royal Oak Firing Salvoes of 15 inch guns.

HMS Royal Oak pictured c.1925 in Malta Harbour

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HMS Royal Oak.

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Crew members from HMS Renown or HMS Royal Oak.

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

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HMS Royal Oak, Malta

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Crew of the Royal Oak at Malta

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The Crew of HMS Royal Oak during World War One photographed with Sergeants of a Scottish Regiment.

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Harold Sidwell (sitting) and unknown sailor about 1917. Thanks to Miche for providing this photograph.

Two of the crew of the Royal Oak - photograph supplied by Mel Wallis.