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Vice Admiral Sir Edward Anson KCB

Vice Admiral Sir Edward Anson KCB was born in Adelaide, South Australia. After being educated at Westgate-on-Sea, Kent and in Nairobi, Kenya, Ted entered the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 1943. As a Midshipman and Sub-Lieutenant he served on board the aircraft carrier HMS Implacable and in the destroyer HMS Agincourt. After pilot training he served in the aircraft carriers HMS Glory, HMS Ark Royal, HMS Bulwark and HMS Victorious. He was promoted Lieutenant Commander in 1959 when on loan to Blackburn Aircraft Limited as a Test Pilot. During this appointment he was closely associated with the development of the Buccaneer strike aircraft. On his return to the Royal Navy he was chosen to command the first RN Buccaneer Squadron No 801 Naval Air Squadron in 1962 and served with the Squadron embarked in HMS Ark Royal and HMS Victorious. Promoted Commander in 1964, Ted took command of the frigate HMS Eskimo before serving as Commander (Air) at Lossiemouth, Scotland, and in HMS Eagle. He subsequently commanded the Inter-Service Hovercraft Unit. Following promotion to Captain in 1971 he was Naval Air Attach to Japan and South Korea in 1972, based in Tokyo. During 1974 he became Commanding Officer of HMS Juno and Captain 4th Frigate Squadron. In 1976 he took command of HMS Ark Royal and after promotion to Rear Admiral in 1980 took up his appointment as Flag Officer Naval Air Command at Yeovilton. He was promoted Vice Admiral in 1982 and appointed Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet at Fleet Headquarters at Northwood. Vice Admiral Anson and his wife Rosemary have two children and live at Ilminster, Somerset. He is descended from the sister of Admiral Lord Anson, who sailed round the world and captured a Spanish treasure ship in the Pacific during the War of Jenkins Ear in the 18th Century.

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The time is 1.35pm. (ten minutes after Admiral nelson had been fatally shot) HMS Temeraire and HMS Victory, are seen broadside to the redoubtable, which by 2pm had lost most of her crew, (out of a crew of 643 - 487 were dead, 81 died soon after, and only 25 were fit to crew)

HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar by Graeme Lothian (GL)
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  CVN78 Steams at full power on her 1st deployment.

USS Ronald Reagan by Randall Wilson (GL)
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Sydney engages Italian ships off Cape Busa, Crete.
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USS Mississippi rides at anchor. A brief rest for the crew at the port of ADM Oldendorfs T.G. The ship is preparing for the Invasion of Okinawa.

USS Mississippi BB41 by Randall Wilson (GS)
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The P&O Cruise Liner SS Uganda is shown anchored off the Greek Island of Santorini.  Although part of the P&O fleet, SS Uganda kept the livery of the British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd  (B.I.) which was taken over by P&O in 1971.

SS Uganda at Santorini by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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The R-class battleship Royal Oak lies at anchor in Scapa Flow between the wars ahead of her sisters Royal Sovereign and Revenge. HMS Repulse is passing the line on the left of the picture.
HMS Royal Oak by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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DHM1730GL. US Steel by Randall Wilson.

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Having taken terrible punishment from the guns of the allied French and Spanish fleet as she broke through the line, HMS Victory found herself engaged by the French Redoutable, a bitter battle that saw the two ships locked together, pouring shot into one another with terrifying ferocity and which left the British Admiral, Lord Horatio Nelson fatally wounded.  In the background, HMS Neptune is emerging through the gunsmoke and is about to pass the wreck of the French flagship Bucentaure which Victory so spectacularly routed as she passed through the allied line.  HMS Temeraire, which followed Victory through, and which was also to become embroiled on the Redoutables fight, is obscured by the smoke beyond the British flagship.

The Battle of Trafalgar, 1.00pm by Ivan Berryman (GS)
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 The daylight raid on Tokyo, led by Lt Col James H. Doolittle on Sunday 18 April 1942, has rightfully entered the history books as one of the most daring and courageous operations of the Second World War. On that day, in mid ocean, Doolittle had launched his B-25 Mitchell bomber from the heaving, spray-soaked flight deck of an aircraft carrier, a deck too short to land on, and flown on to bomb Tokyo. He knew there would be no return to the USS Hornet, either for him or the 15 heavily laden B-25s behind him, for this was a feat never before attempted, and for every crew member the mission was a one-way ticket. Yet, under the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle, they all dared to survive. The mission for the 16 bombers was to bomb industrial targets in Tokyo and surrounding areas, to slow production of strategic war material, then fly on to land in the part of south-west China that was still in the hands of friendly Nationalist forces. All being well, the mission would be so unexpected it would plant the first seeds of doubt into enemy minds. It worked – the Japanese were forced to quickly divert hundreds of aircraft, men and equipment away from offensive operations to the defence of their homeland. There was, however, another reason behind the Doolittle's raid – to lift the morale of an American public devastated by the attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. And the success of the mission provided the boost that was needed. If any had doubted America's resolve in the face of uncertainty, the courage, determination and heroism displayed by Lt Col Doolittle and his band of aviators restored their determination. Although it might take years, and the price would be high, America and her allies understood that the fight could, and would, be won. Commissioned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid the painting portrays the dramatic moment that Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle lifts his B-25 off the pitching deck of the USS Hornet. Having timed his launch to perfection he climbs steeply away, ready to adjust his compass bearing for a direct line to Tokyo. On the sodden deck behind him the crews of the remaining 15 aircraft, whose engines are warmed, ready and turning, will quickly follow their commanding officer into the murky sky.

Destination Tokyo by Anthony Saunders.
 Nelson's sailors and marines board the San Nicolas and during heavy hand to hand fighting capture the ship.  Nelson drives HMS Captain onto the Spanish vessel in order that she can be boarded and taken as a prize, the British marines and men scrambling up the Captain's bowsprit to use it as a bridge.  The San Nicolas then fouled the Spanish three-decker San Joseph, allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre.

Boarding the San Nicolas by Chris Collingwood. (P)
 Few ships have been immortalised in art more than HMS Temeraire, a 98-gun veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar and iconic subject of JMW Turner's memorable painting. Although one of the finest paintings ever produced, it is known that Turner's version of this magnificent old ship's voyage to the breaker's yard is pure whimsy, composed to inspire pride and sentiment in equal parts. This painting is, perhaps, a more truthful rendering of the same scene. Here, the mighty Temeraire is reduced to a floating hulk, stripped of her masts, bowsprit and rigging, her bitumen-coated hull gutted of anything useful.  It is 7.30am on 5th September 1838. As the tide is judged to be just right, the steam tugs Sampson and Newcastle, piloted by William Scott and a crew of 25, take up the strain of the Temeraire's 2,121 tons to begin the slow journey from Sheerness to Rotherhithe, where she will be slowly taken to pieces at the yard of John Beatson. Whilst HMS Victory stands today in all her magnificence at Portsmouth, barely a trace of the ship that came to her rescue at Trafalgar exists.

The Temeraire's Last Journey by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Skirmishes between frigates were a common occurrence, such as here when the 32-gun HMS Amphion encountered a French opponent off Cadiz in 1806 the latter, to her great cost, straying among the British inshore squadron in the darkness of a moonless night. It is understood that the French vessel managed to escape being taken as a prize, although with much damage to her whales and rigging.

A Night Action off Cadiz by Ivan Berryman. (PC)


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HMS Barham

Launched : 31st October 1914
HMS Barham was built at John Brown shipbuilders, Clydebank and launched on 31st December 1914. Took part at the Battle of Jutland and was hit six times, requiring a repair prioed of 5 weeks. Between the wars, she served in the Mediterranean from 1935 but was attached to the Home Fleet in the autumn of 1939. On the 28th December 1939 she was torpedoed by U-30 and was under repair until the following April. She took part in the bombardment of the French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir in July 1940, the battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941, and also at the bombardment of Bardia and Tripoli. She was damaged by a 500kg bomb off Crete on the 27th May 1941, and repaired at Alexandria by the end of July 1941. HMS Barham was torpedoed and sunk by U-331 off Soloum on the 25th November 1941. Only 396 of her crew were saved from a compliment of 1,258. Compliment 1,124 to 1,258. Armament 8 15-inch Guns and 12 6-inch guns and 8 4-inch A.A Guns 16 2-pdr AA Guns and 1 aircraft. Speed 24 knots, Displacement 31,100 tons.

Sunk 25th November 1941.

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24 September

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24thSeptember1891HMS GossamerArrived Sheerness from Portsmouth to be paid off
24thSeptember1891HMS GossamerLt. Cdr. John Denison in Command
24thSeptember1906HMS FormidableArrived Portsmouth
24thSeptember1919HMS DespatchLaunched
24thSeptember1919HMS FearlessArrived Oban
24thSeptember1919HMS BarhamSailed Aberystwyth
24thSeptember1925HMS HarebellArrived Lerwick
24thSeptember1927HMS EnterpriseSailed Sohar
24thSeptember1927HMS EnterpriseArrived Dhibar
24thSeptember1930HMS DaffodilArrived Accra
24thSeptember1931HMS, HMNZS LeanderLaunched at at Devonport
24thSeptember1931HMS, HMNZS LeanderPennant Number 75
24thSeptember1931HMS BasiliskArrived Mudros
24thSeptember1931HMS BasiliskSailed Thasos
24thSeptember1931HMS BoadiceaArrived Mudros
24thSeptember1931HMS BoadiceaSailed Thasos
24thSeptember1931HMS BoreasArrived Mudros
24thSeptember1931HMS BoreasSailed Thasos
24thSeptember1931HMS BeagleSailed Thasos
24thSeptember1931HMS BeagleArrived Mudros
24thSeptember1931HMS BrilliantArrived Mudros
24thSeptember1931HMS BrilliantSailed Thasos
24thSeptember1931HMS BulldogSailed Thasos
24thSeptember1931HMS BulldogArrived Mudros
24thSeptember1932HMS DelhiArrived San Diego
24thSeptember1932HMS CuracoaArrived Galatz
24thSeptember1933HMS DefenderArrived Henjam
24thSeptember1934HMS CoventryArrived Gruz
24thSeptember1934HMS H34Arrived Portland
24thSeptember1934HMS L19Sailed Rosyth for Invergordon
24thSeptember1934HMS L23Sailed Rosyth for Invergordon
24thSeptember1934HMS L26Sailed Rosyth for Invergordon
24thSeptember1934HMS BeaufortSailed Oban
24thSeptember1934HMS L18Sailed Rosyth for Invergordon
24thSeptember1934HMS L21Sailed Rosyth for Invergordon
24thSeptember1934HMS L53Arrived Portland
24thSeptember1934HMS FitzroySailed Lerwick
24thSeptember1934HMS GlasgowSailed Rosyth for Invergordon
24thSeptember1934HMS CornwallSailed Rosyth for Invergordon
24thSeptember1935HMS LondonSailed Gruz
24thSeptember1936HMS AchatesSailed Plymouth for Gibraltar
24thSeptember1936HMS AchatesSailed Gibralta for Plymouth
24thSeptember1936HMS ArdentArrived Gibraltar
24thSeptember1936HMS ArdentArrived Gibraltar
24thSeptember1936HMS CuracoaArrived Portsmouth
24thSeptember1936HMS CuracoaArrived Portsmouth
24thSeptember1936HMS AmbuscadeArrived Portsmouth
24thSeptember1936HMS AmbuscadeArrived Portsmouth
24thSeptember1936HMS DiamondSailed Hong Kong
24thSeptember1936HMS DiamondSailed Hong Kong
24thSeptember1936HMS DuchessArrived Hong Kong
24thSeptember1936HMS DuchessArrived Hong Kong
24thSeptember1936HMS BruceSailed Wei Hai Wei for Karoshima
24thSeptember1936HMS CricketSailed Changsha for Hankow
24thSeptember1936HMS CricketSailed Chungsha for Hankow
24thSeptember1936HMS Iron DukeArrived Portsmouth
24thSeptember1937HMS CyclopsArrived Haifa
24thSeptember1937HMS ClydeArrived Haifa
24thSeptember1937HMS DouglasArrived Haifa
24thSeptember1938HMS AntelopeLt.Cdr. Richard Taylor White in Command
24thSeptember1938HMS AntelopeLt.Cdr. Richard Taylor White, RN
24thSeptember1941HMS ArrowCdr. Alec Murray McKillop in Command
24thSeptember1941HMS ArrowCdr. Alec Murray McKillop, RN in Command
24thSeptember1942HMS LaganLt.Cdr. (retired) Albert Ayre, RNR Assumed Command
24thSeptember1945HMS BarfleurSailed Tokyo Bay
24thSeptember1945HMS AmbushLaunched
24thSeptember1946HMS BermudaSailed Sydney
24thSeptember1951HMS ActaeonSailed Siminstown
24thSeptember1951HMS BermudaSailed Siminstown
24thSeptember1952HMS EagleCompleted "Exercise Mainbrace"
24thSeptember1952HMS IllustriousCompleted "Exercise Mainbrace"
24thSeptember1953HMS FrithamLaunched
24thSeptember1966HMS HermesCommenced Workup in Moray Firth Areas
24thSeptember1979HMS CardiffLaunched
24thSeptember1979HMS CardiffPennant D108
24thSeptember2002HMS Iron DukePortsmouth
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24thSeptember2003HMS CampbeltownDevonport
24thSeptember2004HMS InvincibleGibraltar
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