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British cruiser Dorsetshire at Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 8 Aug 1941

British cruiser Dorsetshire at Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 8 Aug 1941

HMS Rodney in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, United Kingdom, Aug 1940; note a destroyer in background; photo taken from destroyer HMS Javelin Photographer R. G. G. Coote Source Imperial War Museum

HMS Rodney in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, United Kingdom, Aug 1940; note a destroyer in background; photo taken from destroyer HMS Javelin Photographer R. G. G. Coote Source Imperial War Museum

8 in County class heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland - the most powerful British unit in the South Atlantic in 1939, but unfortunately in the Falklands for a refit at the time of the Battle of the River Plate.  She rejoined light cruisers Ajax and Achilles (badly damaged heavy cruiser Exeter having withdrawn) in time to witness pocket battleship Graf Spee's self destruction off Montevideo.

8 in County class heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland - the most powerful British unit in the South Atlantic in 1939, but unfortunately in the Falklands for a refit at the time of the Battle of the River Plate. She rejoined light cruisers Ajax and Achilles (badly damaged heavy cruiser Exeter having withdrawn) in time to witness pocket battleship Graf Spee's self destruction off Montevideo.

British Battlecruiser HMS Repulse. The HMS Repulse was sunk by Japanese air attack on December 10, 1941, off the coast Malaya.

British Battlecruiser HMS Repulse. The HMS Repulse was sunk by Japanese air attack on December 10, 1941, off the coast Malaya.

This is the Armoured Cruiser Iwate, formerly of the Imperial Japanese Navy, after being sunk by US carrier planes at the end of the war

This is the Armoured Cruiser Iwate, formerly of the Imperial Japanese Navy, after being sunk by US carrier planes at the end of the war

SEP 9 1943 The Italian front opens at Salerno (Operation Avalanche): The British destroyer HMS TARTAR puts up an anti-aircraft barrage with her 4.5 inch AA guns to protect the invasion force from attack by enemy aircraft.

SEP 9 1943 The Italian front opens at Salerno (Operation Avalanche): The British destroyer HMS TARTAR puts up an anti-aircraft barrage with her 4.5 inch AA guns to protect the invasion force from attack by enemy aircraft.

HMS Cardigan Bay (K630) 1944, was a Bay-class anti-aircraft frigate of the British Royal Navy, named after Cardigan Bay, off the coast of Ceredigion, Wales.

HMS Cardigan Bay (K630) 1944, was a Bay-class anti-aircraft frigate of the British Royal Navy, named after Cardigan Bay, off the coast of Ceredigion, Wales.

The battleship HMS PRINCE OF WALES leaves Singapore in search of a Japanese convoy. With no fighter protection the battleship and her companion HMS REPULSE were vulnerable to Japanese air attack. © IWM (A 29068)

The battleship HMS PRINCE OF WALES leaves Singapore in search of a Japanese convoy. With no fighter protection the battleship and her companion HMS REPULSE were vulnerable to Japanese air attack. © IWM (A 29068)

HMS Royal Sovereign was a Revenge-class battleship of the British Royal Navy. Seen here in camouflage pattern.

HMS Royal Sovereign was a Revenge-class battleship of the British Royal Navy. Seen here in camouflage pattern.

The Royal Navy escort carriers HMS Biter (D97) and HMS Avenger (D14) underway in line astern from the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious (R38). Two Supermarine Seafires of 884 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, can be seen at the far end of the flight deck of HMS Victorious.    September 1942

The Royal Navy escort carriers HMS Biter (D97) and HMS Avenger (D14) underway in line astern from the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious (R38). Two Supermarine Seafires of 884 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, can be seen at the far end of the flight deck of HMS Victorious. September 1942

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