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Unit History: Royal Navy

Royal Navy
The Royal Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest service branch and is therefore known as the Senior Service. From the end of the 17th century until well into the 20th century it was the most powerful navy in the world, playing a key part in establishing the British Empire as the dominant world power.
 
After World War II the Royal Navy was replaced by the United States Navy as the world's foremost naval power. During the Cold War it was transformed into a primarily anti-submarine force, hunting for Soviet submarines, mostly active in the GIUK gap. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, its role for the 21st century has returned to focus on global expeditionary operations.
 
The Royal Navy is a blue-water navy and its ability to project power globally is considered second only to the U.S. Navy. As a prominent blue-water navy it operates an array of technologically sophisticated ships including an aircraft carrier, a helicopter carrier, landing platform docks, ballistic missile submarines, nuclear fleet submarines, guided missile destroyers, frigates, mine counter-measures and patrol vessels. The Royal Navy maintains the United Kingdom's nuclear weapons via its ballistic missile submarines.

Memories of Royal Navy

(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)

Royal Navy at Malta Commcen in 1963

Written by Graham Rogers

During my posting to Malta Commcen from May 1963 to March 1964 my wife and I rented a huge house in a village, out of the main town, called Birkirkara. It was the only 'large' accommodation available to socialise out of the usual downtown bars. My colleagues who didn't go 'private' were obliged to use the usual small flat facilities offered by the Navy. As a result there was a regular flow of 'bring your own booze' parties at our house. There was ample room to socialise, talk and generally dance the night away. Given the floors of the large and multi storied house was mainly marble, it was easy in the morning to simply hose down the effects of the night before. Often this meant waking people up who were either sleeping on the floor or two or three to a bed. But over time, non of their names are remembered by either my wife or me! So who are you, and were you there? Graham Rogers

1952 support of Royal Navy units south of Iceland for winter trials. in 1952

Written by Alan Smith

Ocean frozen over between Iceland and Greenland. Aircraft heaters unserviceable,kept alive by gunner distributing hot tea and hot soup almost unceasingly. Return to base with groundcrew and spare wheel and tyre with long period where time to North Coast of Ireland was longer than fuel availability. Obviously we made it !!
During training Anson developed engine failure and Pilot made emergency landing without warning crew landed behind Rhodesian native plowing field who took one look snd disappeared into the Bundu
Flying out of Stavanger Norway on NATO exercise forecast winds from meteorology :light and variable, wings expeienced 100mph fortunately flowing West away from mountains 14,000ft high while we operated at 800 feet!!

ROYAL NAVY in 1983

Written by STEVE SOUTHERN

THE LADS... GIB ROCK RACES,FIELD GUN TEAM AND THE AWSOM PETE SCOTT AND CHIEF PTI E.T... BOXING TEAM...THE LADS ON ZULU TORQUEY AND BATTLEAXE.. BEING PART OF AN ABSOLUTE FANTASTIC SET UP.... I LOVED THE NAVY AND THE MOB LOVED ME.... WHY DID I LEAVE.. NOT SURE..!!!

HMS Ajax, Royal Navy in 2012

Written by Ian Cunliffe

I have a lot of good memories like several world cruises. But the best memory for me was being on the HMS Ajax Frigate and we were invited to the Town Of Ajax Ontario Canada. The town was named after the HMS Ajax and we were asked to visit there in 1976 as guests of the Mayor of Ajax. We spent a very memorable week there and the Ajax crew were taken in by hundred of local families during that week. The dances, private parties and excursions we all took were a great memory for the whole crew of the HMS Ajax. The freedom of the town, or key to the city was awarded to Captain "Tubby" Squires and the whole crew. It is a great memory of the whole ships company of the Ajax marching through the city in on our number one whites with a full "guard" and marching band and all the branches of the local kids armed forces cadets marching with us. I later married an Ajax girl and have lived in Canada since 1978.
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