B a t t l
e H o n o u r s
ARMADA 1588 -
DOVER 1652 - PORTLAND 1653 - GABBARD 1653 - SCHEVENINGEN 1653 -
LOWESTOFT 1665 - FOUR DAYS BATTLE 1666 -
ORFORDNESS 1666 - SOLEBAY 1672 - SCHOONVELD 1673 - TEXEL
1673 - CORNWALLIS RETREAT 1795 - CAMPERDOWN 1797 - DARDANELLES
1915 - MALTA CONVOYS 1941 - MEDITERRANEAN 1941 - KOREA
(* Awarded to later ship of this
This name has
been borne by RN ships since 1561 and this first warship, a
galleon., fought against the Spanish Armada. First used by a
submarine in 1938 it was last borne by a battleship purchased from
Chile during build at Barrow in 1903 and sunk off Gallipoli in 1915,
although used by auxiliaries during WW1 and WW2.
carried out North Sea patrols off Norway until December 1939 when
she was badly damaged by a mine. After repair lasting over six
months she resumed patrol duties off Norway in August before being
transferred to the Mediterranean in January 1941 for interception of
supply traffic to and from North Africa.
in February 1941, commanded by Commander W J W Woods RN (Later
Admiral Sir William) she landed commandos for a raid on the Appulian coast. Whilst on patrol in May that
year she sank two ships off Calabria and in May sank the Italian
Auxiliary RAMB 3 off Benghazi. Her successes continued in June when
she sank the Italian submarine SALPA off Mersa Matruh by
torpedo after a surface gun action Whilst
on patrol in July she attacked and sank a 500 ton freighter being
escorted by the Italian gunboat DANTE DE LUTTI which was then sunk
in a surface action. Some damage requiring repair was carried in
Malta. On return to duty in August she attacked and damaged the
Italian cruiser BOLZANO. During an Adriatic patrol in September she
sank another mercantile and damaged two other in surface gun
attacks. The next month she sank a transport in the Aegean and on
return to deployment off North Africa, she carried out an attack
on a coastal convoy sinking one of its ships.
outstanding record came to an end during a patrol in the Aegean when
she was sunk by a mine in the Gulf of Athens on 20th January 1942.
Her Commanding Officer after July was Lieutenant J S Huddart RN.