Equal Speed Charlie London

Naming a warship

There are rules around naming warships, or so I’m told, for the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. A lot of thought goes into the name for a new vessel, including tradition and history.

It’s highly unusual for a totally new name to be introduced, especially when a navy has a long and blood-stained history.

So how do you name a blog? Well, dive into history and find something unique, like the signal made at the Battle of Jutland by the British admiral, Sir John Jellicoe, to the Grand Fleet, ordering a manoeuvre that would see a line of battle formed.

This tactic saw the German High Seas Fleet have their ‘T’ crossed. In other words, the British formed one long line of dreadnought battleships aiming their guns at the German fleet sailing in column towards them.

The signal was Equal Speed Charlie London. Run up the flag halyards of HMS Iron Duke, it told the Grand Fleet that action against the German fleet was imminent in what the biggest sea battle of the First World War.

I love naval history and I have several books on the Battle of Jutland. Hence, the name of this blog to celebrate a moment of significance and to hint at the nature of what will be written here.

Time to drop the anchor for the evening – hope to be posting again soon.