Royal Australian Navy

Fleet review part 1 … an occasional series

Having returned from the seaside, I have been busy preparing for a journey to Melbourne and haven’t resumed work on HMS Iron Duke as yet, however, I thought some photos of my completed models would fill the void for you, dear reader.

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In this photo, above, you can see, from left, (clockwise):

  • HMS Duke of York,  British battleship
  • USS Nimitz, American super-carrier
  • Admiral Graf Spee, German pocket battleship (or heavy cruiser)
  • HMS Nelson (in the centre), British battleship
  • HMS Warspite, British battleship.

There are stories associated with the building of each model, which I will tell in subsequent posts in this series, including why there is an aircraft carrier in this fleet. I will also include some information on the history of each vessel.

Their base is a display case, kindly given to me by my friend, John Perryman, who is one of the Royal Australian Navy’s senior historians. When the Iron Duke is completed, I will have to come up with another solution as I don’t think she will fit inside the case, which has a clear perspex cover. 

The next post will be an update on the Iron Duke’s progress. Galactica clear! 

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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.