Royal Navy Surface Units – Current and Retired

Royal Navy 38 ship classes documented with 63 vessel captures

Aircraft Carriers

EXERCISE SEA ENTERPRISE. SEPTEMBER 1955, ON BOARD THE CARRIER HMS BULWARK, DURING NATO EXERCISE SEA ENTERPRISE IN NORTHERN WATERS.

Exercise Sea Enterprise, 1955, HMS Eagle, Centaur, Albion, and Bulwark in line ahead © IWM (A 33360)

Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier LOA 920′ TDISP 65,000 tons (1, 1 building)

HMS Queen Elizabeth at Sea

HMS Queen Elizabeth 2018 US Navy Official 4910783 Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr.

HMS Queen Elizabeth R-08 (2017)

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HMS Queen Elizabeth alongside HMS Illustrious Photo: HMS Queen Elizabeth/MOD

HMS Queen Elizabeth R08 Halifax 2019HMS Prince of Wales R-09 (building)HMS Prince of Wales

Invincible Class LOA 686′ TDISP 22,000 tons (3, all scrapped)

HMS INVINCIBLE 1980 - 2000

HMS Invincible 1998 © Crown copyright. IWM (SFPU-N-CO-1998-38-51)

HMS Illustrious R06 (1982 – 2014), scrapped in Turkey 2017HMS Illustrious R06 Portsmouth 2014

HMS Ark Royal R07 (1985 – 2011), scrapped in Turkey 2013

Auriga

HMS Ark Royal visiting Mayport FL US Navy Official 285838 SCPO Leah Stiles

HMS Ark Royal R07 Rosyth 2010.jpg

Colossus Class LOA 695′ TDISP 20,000 tons subclass of 1942 Design Light Fleet Carrier (10 built all scrapped)

HMS Vengeance (1945 – 1960) transferred to Brazil (1960) as Minas Gerais. Scrapped Alang, India 2004

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Minas Gerais Brazilian Carrier 1990 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-91-01809 PH2 Tracy Lee Didas

Minas Gerais Brazil 2002

HMS Hercules see INS Vikrant in Indian Naval Ships listing (forthcoming)

Centaur Class LOA 650′ TDISP 28,000 tons (4, 3 scrapped, 1 in reserve India)

HMS Hermes (1959 – 1984) transferred to India see INS Viraat in Indian Naval Ships listing. (forthcoming)

HMS Argus unique ship (1918 – 1944) LOA 565′ TDISP 15,700 tons scrapped 1946. This was the first carrier ever designed as such.

HMS Argus 1942

HMS Argus January 1942, North Atlantic © IWM (A 7338)

HMS Argus Chatham Kent SWW

This shows the carrier after modifications in 1937 and 1939 widening the flight deck (and changes to forward edge)

Escort Carrier (Unknown) LOA 505′ possibly HMS Archer, or follow-up Bogue classHM Escort Carrier Chatham Kent SWW

Amphibious Assault Ships

HMS Ocean L-12 (1997 – 2018) LOA 667′ TDISP 21,500 tons transferred to Brazil 2018

Dwight D. Eisenhower deployment

HMS Ocean with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower US Navy Official 3028625 Petty Officer 1st Class Rafael Martie

HMS Ocean Devonport 2018HMS Ocean - PHM Atlântico Rio 2019

Albion Class LOA 577′ TDISP 19,500 tons (2 active)

HMS Albion L14 (2003)

HMS Albion visits Fleet Activities Yokosuka

HMS Albion 2018 near Yokosuka Japan US Navy Official 4523384 Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart

HMS Albion L14 Devonport 2017.jpgHMS Bulwark L15 (2004)HMS Bulwark L15 Devonport.jpg

Fearless Class LOA 520′ TDISP 17,000 tons (2 retired)

HMS Fearless (1965 – 2002) and HMS Intrepid (1967 – 1999)

GIBRALTAR SUMMIT. OCTOBER 1968, GIBRALTAR, DURING THE SUMMIT MEETING BETWEEN THE PRIME MINISTER, MR HAROLD WILSON, AND THE REBEL PRIME MINISTER OF RHODESIA, MR IAN SMITH. THE SUMMIT TOOK PLACE ON BOARD THE SHIPS HMS KENT, AND HMS FEARLESS.

HMS Fearless during 1968 Summit with Rhodesian PM © Crown copyright. IWM (A 35170)

Fearless Class Amphibious Assault RN ships Portsmouth 2004.jpg

Cruisers

Unknown Heavy Cruiser Chatham Dockyard, LOA 620′ A,B,X,Y double turrets. Likely HMS London (69) Modified County Class CruiserHM Heavy Cruiser Chatham Kent SWW

Town Class Light Cruiser LOA 613′ TDISP 11,500 tons (10 built, 4 sunk, 5 retired, 1 preserved)

HMS Belfast (1939 – 1963), Museum ship since 1971

HMS Belfast IWM

HMS Belfast, 1944 © IWM (A 25664)

Light Cruiser Chatham dockyard, Kent. Based on views in the Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War II, this would appear to be Uganda or Ceylon Class (3 ships – 1 transferred to RCN as HMCS Uganda, later HMCS Quebec) LOA ca. 550′ Triple turrets, A,B,Y layout. These and other ships seem to indicate the date of capture is several years too early.

HMS ship A Chatham 1940

Distinctive elements towards identifying this are the squared-off stern counter, the cluttered AA positions where X gun would be, the small rounded platform immediately ahead of the bridge

HMS Uganda SWW

HMS Uganda, 1944 (later transferred to RCN as HMCS Uganda, renamed HMCS Quebec in 1952) © IWM (A 27728)

Very similar cruiser Chatham dockyard, Kent. Based on views in the Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War II, this would appear to be a Minotaur class cruiser (3 ships, HMS Minotaur transferred to RCN as HMCS Ontario) LOA ca. 550′ Triple turrets, A,B,Y layout. These and other ships seem to indicate the date of capture is several years too early.

HM Cruiser Chatham Kent SWW

Distinctive elements towards identifying this are the squared-off stern counter, the smaller gun central in “X” position (on Minotaur class this was 4 inch dual gun) no hangar, single large deck crane in between both funnels, the shape of the deck house forward of Y gun, the large gun tubs on either side of the angular bridge, and the clean front face of the bridge.

HMS Ontario Belfast 1944

HMS Ontario 1944, Belfast docks [Detail of] © IWM (A 28024)

Unknown cruiser Chatham dockyard, Kent. Based on views in the 1942-43 edition of Jane’s Fighting Ships, this would appear to be a County Class Heavy Cruiser, Kent sub-class LOA ca. 640′ double turrets, A,B,X,Y layout.

HMS ship C Chatham 1940

Distinctive elements that would assist in identification are evidence of triple stacks, very distinctive step-down break just aft of Y gun.

HMS Kent SWW

HMS Kent underway near Scapa Flow © IWM (A 6165)

Unknown light cruiser in dry-dock, Chatham dockyard, Kent. This could be HMS Emerald  D-66 (1926) LOA ca. 560′HM Light Cruiser Chatham Kent SWW

C-Class Light Cruiser LOA 420′ TDISP 4,500 tons (Caroline subclass)

THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

HMS Carysfort during First World War © IWM (Q 75360)

HMS Caroline (1914) museum shipHMS Caroline Museum ship Belfast 2018

Destroyers

Type 45 or Daring class LOA 500′ TDISP 8,500 tons (6 active)Type 45 ships building Clyde 2009.jpgModern modular construction 1 hull with bow section of next Type 45Type 45 modular construction Clyde 2009.jpgHMS Dauntless D-33 (2010)HMS Dauntless D-33 Clyde 2009.jpg

Type 42 LOA 410′-463′ (3 distinct sub-classes) TDISP ca. 4,100 tons (16 total: 14 built for RN, 2 sunk during the Falklands War, rest retired and scrapped; 2 built for Argentina, 1 active as transport ship)

Batch 1 or 2 Destroyer LOA ca. 410′Type 42 Destroyer Portsmouth 1999

THE FALKLANDS CONFLICT, APRIL - JUNE 1982

HMS Coventry D-118, sunk 1982 during the Falklands War © Crown copyright. IWM (FKD 580)

Batch 3 destroyer LOA 463′

THE ROYAL NAVY 1976 - 2000

HMS Gloucester D-96 1985 © Crown copyright. IWM (CT 294)

Type 42 Destroyer batch 3 Portsmouth 1999.jpg

HMS EDINBURGH AT DECOMMISSIONING, MAY 2013

HMS Edinburgh bridge on decommissioning 2013 © IWM (DC 1515)

Hércules (1976) built for Argentine Navy, converted 2000 into a multipurpose transportHercules Type 42 destroyer Puerto Belgrano 2018Santissima Trinidad (1981) built for Argentine Navy, in reserve 1989, used for parts. Planned to be a museum dedicated to 1982 Falklands War. Sank at mooring 2013. Salvaged 2015, but destined for scrapping.Santissima Trinidad Puerto Belgrano ARG 2013Santissima Trinidad Puerto Belgrano ARG 2015.jpgSantissima Trinidad Puerto Belgrano ARG 2018

Type 82 (Bristol) LOA 507′ TDISP 7,100 tons (1, currently training ship)

HMS Bristol D-23 (1973) converted to training ship at HMS Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth 1987HMS Bristol Portsmouth 2007

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HMS Bristol D-23 underway 1982 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-87-01109

County Class LOA 522′ TDISP 6,800 tons (8, all retired and scrapped)

FIRST SEA SLUG IN NEW GUIDED MISSILE DESTROYER. MAY 1962, THE ROYAL NAVY'S COUNTY CLASS GUIDED MISSILE DESTROYER HMS DEVONSHIRE DURING FIRING TRIALS OF THE SHIP-TO-AIR MEDIUM RANGE GUIDED WEAPON SEASLUG.

HMS Devonshire, first commissioned County Class Guided Missile Destroyer tests a Seaslug Missile in 1962. © IWM (A 34641)

HMS Antrim D-18 (1970) sold to Chile as Almirante Cochrane 1984, decommissioned 2006, scrapped 2010

C-Class LOA 363′ TDISP 2,500 tons

HMS Cavalier R-73 (1944) preserved as a museum ship since 1977 in Chatham Historic DockyardHMS Cavalier R73 Chatham 2018.jpg

HMS CAVALIER

HMS Cavalier 1944 © IWM (FL 7673)

Z-Class LOA 363′ TDISP 1,700 tons (8 built, disposal of final remaining unit unconfirmed)

HMS ZEBRA, BRITISH Z CLASS DESTROYER. 1945.

HMS Zebra (R-81) © IWM (A 30792)

ex-HMS Zenith R-95 (1944) transferred to Egypt 1955 as El Fateh, modernized in early 1960s. Last active W or Z class British destroyer, and for many years was a training ship. This name given to new vessel in 2017, status unclear as of 2019, but nearby captures show a vessel of same basic length and width having been dismantled 2016, and when this imagery is overlaid with earlier captures this would tend to confirm scrapping.HMS Zenith Alexandria 2015possible scrapping HMS Zenith 2016.1possible scrapping HMS Zenith 2016

possible scrapping HMS Zenith 2016confirmed

Annotated and overlaid from 2 original captures

Frigates

Type 23 Class LOA 436′ TDISP 4,900 tons (16 active, 3 transferred to Chilean Navy) 2 variants: general frigate and ASW

HMS Lancaster F-229 (1992) (General Purpose) (shown above larger HMS Dauntless Type 45 destroyerHMS Lancaster vs. HMS Dauntless Portsmouth 2018.jpgHMS Kent F-78 (2000) (ASW oriented)HMS Kent F-78 Type 23 Devonport 2018.jpg

Type 22 Class LOA 430′ to 486′ TDISP ca.5,000 tons (14 built, 5 active with other navies, rest scrapped) 3 distinct sub-classes

HMCS Cumberland 330-CFD-DN-ST-92-03625

HMS Cumberland F-85 a batch-3 frigate in 1991 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-92-03625 PH2 R.C. Witham

HMS Campbeltown F-86 (1989) scrapped 2013, 3rd batch, 486′ LOAHMS Campbeltown F-86 Type 22 Devonport 2018.jpg

Leander Class LOA 373′ TDISP 3,000 tons (26 built, service with several navies, all scrapped or deliberately sunk)

THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE 1970S

HMS Cleopatra F-28 Corinth Canal 1970 © Crown copyright. IWM (CT 87)

HMNZS Wellington F-69 ex-HMS Bacchante (1969) transferred to New Zealand 1982, decommissioned 1999, sunk as dive wreck near Wellington 2005.HMNZS Wellington Leander class Auckland NZ 2000Unidentified Royal New Zealand Navy Leander Class laid up 2006 near AucklandLeander class Auckland NZ 2006HMS Scylla F-71 (1970 – 1993), laid up, sunk as artificial reef 2004 Whitsand Bay, CornwallHMS Scylla Leander class Fareham 2001

Rothesay Class LOA 370′ TDISP 2,500 tons (21 built, 5 lost, all rest now scrapped)

SHIPS OF THE ROYAL NAVY 1945-1989

HMS Londonderry F-108 1970 © IWM Crown Copyright (HU 129891)

HMS Plymouth F-126 (1961 – 1988) participated in Falklands War, preserved by Wartime Preservation Trust until its dissolution in 2006, scrapped 2014HMS Plymouth Rothesay Class Birkenhead 2005HMS Plymouth Rothesay Class Birkenhead 2009

Salisbury Class LOA 340′ TDISP 2,400 tons (4, all now scrapped)

NAVY SAVES CREW FORM BURNING COASTER. SEPTEMBER 1958, VIEW FROM A HELICOPTER. THE FRIGATE HMS CHICHESTER PICKED UP THE CREW OF THE SMALL COSTA RICAN COASTER CONCHA, WHICH BURST INTO FLAMES AFTER AN EXPLOSION OFF THE PEMBROKESHIRE COAST.

HMS Chichester rescues the crew of a burning coaster, 1958 © IWM (A 34090)

HMS Llandaff F-61 (1958 – 1976) transferred to Bangladesh Navy as BNS Umar Farooq (1976 – 2015) scrapped 2016, ChittagongBNS Umar Farooq Chittagong 2015.jpg

Leopard Class LOA 340′ TDISP 2,500 tons (7, all now scrapped) two units transferred to Bangladesh Navy both scrapped 2014, Chittagong

HMS LEOPARD, BRITISH FRIGATE, AT SEA.

HMS Leopard, 1961 HMS Leopard, 1961 © IWM (A 34521)

HMS Lynx F-27 (1957 – 1982), transferred to Bangladesh Navy as BNS Abu Bakr (1982 – 2013) and HMS Jaguar F-37 (1959 – 1978), transferred to Bangladesh Navy as BNS Ali Haider (1978 – 2013)Leopard Class frigates Chittagong 2014

River Class LOA 301′ TDISP 2,000 tons (151, service in many navies, possibly 3 preserved – also see Royal Australian Navy page)

HMS Fal K-266 (1943) transferred 1947 to Burmese Navy (Myanmar) as URB Mayu decommissioned 1979. Museum ship at Myanmar Naval Training Headquarters South of Yangon.URB Mayu-HMS Fal Yangon 2017Ex-HMS Windrush K-370 (1943) transferred to Free French Navy 1944 as La Découverte, converted to fire training vessel Lucifer, scrapped Cherbourg 2010Ex-Windrush K-370 Querqueville France 2007.jpg

HMS WINDRUSH

HMS Windrush during the Second World War © IWM (FL 14482)

Sloops

Black Swan Class LOA 299′ TDISP 1,300 tons (37 built over to types, 1 remaining in Egypt)

ex-HMS Whimbrel U-29 (1943) transferred to Egypt as El Malek Farouq in 1949, renamed Tariq 1954, Egyptian Navy is currently investigating a sale back to Britain (Liverpool) for preservation as a museum ship.

HMS WHIMBREL. THE LATEST SLOOP, 27 JANUARY 1943, AT GREENOCK.

HMS Windrush 1943 © IWM (A 14158)

HMS Whimbrel U-29 Alexandria Egypt 2018HMS Zenith and HMS Whimbrel 2014

Grimsby Class LOA 266′ TDISP 1,400 tons (13 built, 1 preserved)

HMS Wellington U-65 (1934 – 1947) and became HQ shipHMS Wellington U65 London 2018.jpg

Anchusa Class LOA 262′ TDISP 1,300 tons (28 retired, 1 preserved)

HMS President ex-HMS Saxifrage “Q-ship” (1918) Anti-submarine vessel disguised to look like a merchant ship. Now HQMS President, stationary ship 1922-2016 Victoria Embankment, Thames, reserve drill ship and gunnery training ship, then sold to civilian interests as a conference center. Was moved for construction of a new tunnel. Currently is in Chatham Dockyard, with plans to return her to the Thames.HMS President London 2015

Landing Ship Tanks (LST)

Mk.3 LST LOA 346′ TDISP 4,900 tons (61 built, none preserved)

HMS Stalker (ex-LST-3515) (1947 – 1970) built in Esquimalt, BC, Canada. From 1958 was a submarine support ship, sold 2002, scrapped 2010 despite local efforts to preserve her.HMS Stalker LST

Offshore Patrol Vessels

River Class Patrol Vessel LOA 260′ to 296′ TDISP ca. 2,000 tons (11 active)River class offshore patrol vessel

Monitors

Unknown Monitor LOA ca. 425′ based on length this is an Erebus-class monitor, and since Terror was lost in 1941, this is likely HMS Erebus herself, as the indicated date of the imagery makes no sense with other vessels present.HM Monitor Chatham Kent SWWHMS Erebus

HMS M33 Monitor (1915) museum ship Portsmouth LOA 177′ TDISP 580 tons. Veteran of Gallipoli Campaign and currently painted in Dazzle camouflage schemeHMS M33 Portsmouth 2016.jpg

Historic vessels (measurements of length are overall length from the taffrail or transom to tip of the bowsprit or jib-boom):

HMS Warrior (1861) LOA 420′ TDISP 9,200 tonsHMS Warrior 1861 Portsmouth 2015

HMS Victory, 100 cannon First-Rate 100 cannon ship of the line (1765 – still in commission) LOA 316′ TDISP 3,500 tons

HMS Victory portsmouth 1945

HMS Victory, raising the yards in August 1945 © IWM (A 30810)

HMS Victory 1765 Portsmouth 2007

HMS Victory 1765 Portsmouth 2014

This more recent capture shows HMS Victory now having her upper masts and jib-boom removed, presumably for routine maintenance.

HMS Trincomalee (1817) Leda class 38-46 gun frigate Hartlepool UK museum ship LOA 250′ TDISP 1065 tonsHMS Trincomalee Hartlepool 2018

TS Foudroyant and Implacable - HMS Trincomalee

Training Ships Foudroyant (left) and Implacable, Portsmouth. Foudroyant was originally and would be renamed Trincomalee, while Implacable, scuttled in 1949, was originally the French prize Duguay-Trouin, captured at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. © IWM (A 25960)

HMS Unicorn (1824) modified Leda Class 38-46 gun frigate Museum ship LOA 202′ (jib-boom not stepped) TDISP 1000 tons Dundee Scotland (only sailing warship preserved in an “in ordinary” state)HMS Unicorn Dundee 2018

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HM Frigate Unicorn, the innovative “round stern” design allowed more cannon to be trained aft, to defend the vulnerable stern. © Copyright M J Richardson

HMS Unicorn Dundee 2001

HMS Gannet Dotterel class composite sloop (1878) sloop LOA 225′ TDISP 1,130 tons museum ship Chatham Historic Dockyard since 1987HMS Gannet sloop Chatham 2018.jpg

The vessels of the Warship Preservation Trust located in the Great Float in Birkenhead before the Trust dissolved and they were disposed of or preservedWarship Preservation Trust Birkenhead collection 2005.jpg