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HMS Resolution (09)
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HMS Resolution between the wars
Career
Name: HMS Resolution
Builder: Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company, Jarrow
Laid down: 29 November 1913
Launched: 14 January 1915
Commissioned: 30 December 1916
Fate: Sold for scrap on 5 May 1948
General characteristics
Class & type: Revenge-class battleship
Displacement: 29,150 tons standard; 33,500 tons full load
Length: 620 ft 5 in (189.10 m) overall, 614 ft 5 in (187.27 m) waterline
Beam: 102 ft 5 in (31.22 m)
Draught: 30 ft 5 in (9.27 m) ax
Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons geared turbines, 18 Yarrow boilers, 40,000 shp (30 MW)
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h)
Capacity: 3,400 tons oil fuel; 160 tons coal
Complement: 1,009 to 1,146
Armament:

Eight 15-inch (381-mm) guns in 4 twin mount turrets
Twelve 6-inch (152-mm) guns
Eight 4 inch (102 mm) anti-aircraft guns
Four 2-pounder (40-mm) pom-poms

Sixteen Bofors 40 mm guns
Armour: Main Side Belt: 13.0 inches (330 mm) midship, 6 to 4 in (152 to 102 mm) ends
Deck Armour up to 5 inches (130 mm)
Turrets 13 inches (330 mm) face, 5 inches (130 mm) sides, 5 inches (130 mm) roof
Barbettes up to 10 inches (250 mm)
Citadel 11 inches (280 mm)

HMS Resolution (pennant number 09) was a Revenge-class battleship of the Royal Navy. She was laid down at Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company, Jarrow on 29 November 1913, launched on 14 January 1915, and commissioned on 30 December 1916. The future First Sea Lord John H. D. Cunningham served aboard her as Flag Captain to Admiral Sir William Fisher, the commander-in-chief of the Mediterranean Fleet.

World War I service[edit | edit source]

From 1916 to 1919, Resolution served in the 1st Battle Squadron (United Kingdom) of the Grand Fleet.

Inter war years[edit | edit source]

Between the Wars, she served in the Atlantic Fleet and Mediterranean Fleet , with the exception of a short refit in 1930-1931.

On 10 January 1924 Resolution ran into and sank British submarine HMS L24 as she was surfacing.[1]

World War II service[edit | edit source]

On the outbreak of World War II, Resolution was part of the Home Fleet, and carried out convoy escort duties in the Atlantic. Whilst supporting the Narvik campaign in May 1940, Resolution was struck by a bomb at Tjeldsundet. In June, 1940 she joined Force H at Gibraltar, and took part in the destruction of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir on 3 July 1940.

In September 1940, Resolution joined Force M at Freetown, shelling French warships at the Battle of Dakar on 24 September 1940. The next day, Resolution was torpedoed by the French submarine Bévéziers and badly damaged.

Following repairs in the United States, Resolution departed in February 1942 for Colombo, and served in the Indian Ocean during 1942 and 1943.

Fate[edit | edit source]

She returned to England in September 1943 and became a stokers' training ship in 1944 as part of the establishment HMS Imperieuse. HMS Resolution was sold for scrap on 5 May 1948 and broken up at Faslane.

One of Resolution's 15-inch guns, which was later fitted to the monitor HMS Roberts, is on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.[2]

The ship layout of the British Revenge-class battleships.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Martin Edwards (2009). "HM Submarine L24". roll-of-honour.com. http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Ships/HMSubmarineL24.html. Retrieved 31 Jan 2013. 
  2. Imperial War Museum. "15 in Mk I Naval Gun". Imperial War Museum Collections Search. http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30025302. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 

Publications[edit | edit source]

  • Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475. 
  • McMahon, William E. "Dreadnought Battleships and Battlecruisers", University Press of America, Washington DC, 1978. ISBN 0-8191-0465-5
  • Lenton, H.T. & Colledge, J. J. "Warships of World War II", Ian Allan, London, 1973. ISBN 0-7110-0403-X
  • Dittmar, F. J. & Colledge, J. J., "British Warships 1914-1919", (Ian Allan, London, 1972), ISBN 0-7110-0380-7
  • Young, John. "A Dictionary of Ships of the Royal Navy of the Second World War". Patrick Stephens Ltd, Cambridge, 1975. ISBN 0-85059-332-8

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