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|HMS Royal Sovereign|
HMS Royal Sovereign
Loaned to Russia 30th May 1944. Renamed Archangelsk. Returned 9th February 1949. Sold for scrap 5th April 1949.
HMS Royal Sovereign was built by Parsons at Portsmouth and launched 29th May 1915 and commissioned in May 1916, she joined the 1st Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet but missed the Battle of Jutland In 1919 she joined the Atlantic in 1919. During World War Two, Royal Sovereign was in the Home fleet during 1939 and Atlantic convoy duty in 1940-1941. Due to her poor condition she spent September 1942 till September 1943 in refit in the United States, after her refit she spent just one month in the Indian Ocean and then returned home She went into reserve, but was loaned to the USSR (becoming the Archangelsk). She sailed for Mumansk on Convoy duty on the 17th August 1944. and returned to Rosyth in 1949 and scrapped at Inverkeithing. NOTE - Only HMS Revenge and HMS Royal Oak took part in the battle of Jutland. Displacement: 28,500 without bulges, 30,100 Speed: 21.0 knots Range: 4,200 at 10 knots Compliment: 920 Armament: Eight 15-inch guns in pairs and fourteen 6 -inch guns. Two 3 inch Anti Aircraft Guns.
Sunk 10th December 1941.
HMS Repulse was built at Clydebank by John Brown, and launched on 8th January 1916. She saw action in the First World War on the 17 November 1917 at Heligoland Bight (a sortie by British battlecruisers). During World War Two she operated off Norway in 1940, and on convoy duty until the summer of 1941. Repulse joined the eastern Fleet in October 1941, arriving at Singapore on the 2nd of December, she sailed with HMS Prince of Wales and four destroyers to attack Japanese naval forces in their landing areas around Malaya. On the 10th December both the Repulse and Prince of Wales were attacked by 80 Japanese aircraft and were sunk, HMS Repulse being hit by a torpedo and sunk at 1233 hours, after being hit a further 4 times.
|HMS Royal Oak|
HMS Royal Oak
Sunk 14th October 1939
HMS Royal Oak was built at Devonport Dockyard, laid down on the 15th January 1914, 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 was 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 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 were removed during modernization between the wars.
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