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"150 Years of Excellence: The Royal Navy's Proud Legacy" From the historic HMS Bulwark to the triumphant return of HMS Invincible from the Falklands in 1982

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Invincible Returns from the Falklands in 1982

HMS Invincible Returns from the Falklands in 1982
HMS Invincible returns to massive celebrations following the Falklands Conflict in 1982. Lined up on deck are Sea King helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Repulse

HMS Repulse
Renown Class battleship HMS Repulse

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy

HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy
March 17, 1924 - HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Aircraft HMS Ark Royal Fleet Air Arm. McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG1 (F-4K

Aircraft HMS Ark Royal Fleet Air Arm. McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG1 (F-4K) of 892 Naval Air Sqd and a Blackburn Buccaneer of 809 NAS of the Royal Navys Fleet Air Arm on board the Aircaft Carrier HMS

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: All the nice girls love a sailor (colour litho)

All the nice girls love a sailor (colour litho)
3103950 All the nice girls love a sailor (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: All the nice girls love a sailor)

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: The Recent Fighting on the Gambia, Ambush at Madini Creek (engraving)

The Recent Fighting on the Gambia, Ambush at Madini Creek (engraving)
1604659 The Recent Fighting on the Gambia, Ambush at Madini Creek (engraving) by Woodville, Richard Caton II (1856-1927) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Recent Fighting on the Gambia)

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Eagle The Royal Navy

HMS Eagle The Royal Navy

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Eagle

HMS Eagle with aircraft on deck

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Bulwark

HMS Bulwark, August 1957

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Westland Whirlwinds on HMS Bulwark

Westland Whirlwinds on HMS Bulwark
Westland Whirlwind helicopters of 845 Squadron on HMS Bulwark, 1 August 1957

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Superb

HMS Superb is pictured with the Rock of Gibraltar in the background

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Illustrious, 1942

HMS Illustrious, 1942
Illustrious class aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, 1942

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Nuclear Submarine HMS Vanguard Returns to HMNB Clyde, Scotland

Nuclear Submarine HMS Vanguard Returns to HMNB Clyde, Scotland
Nuclear submarine HMS Vanguard arrives back at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, Scotland following a patrol

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious Returns To Portsmouth Folllowing Refit

Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious Returns To Portsmouth Folllowing Refit
Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious is escorted by tugs as she returns to Portsmouth following her refit in Scotland

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Implacable, February 1950

HMS Implacable, February 1950
HMS Implacable in Weymouth Bay, February 1950

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Bulwark

HMS Bulwark
Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 helicopters of 845 Squadron approach HMS Bulwark, 1 August 1957

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Ambush

HMS Ambush
Astute class submarine HMS Ambush is pictured during sea trials near Scotland. Ambush, second of the nuclear powered attack submarines

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Ajax, 1936

HMS Ajax, 1936
Leander Class Cruiser HMS Ajax at Alexandria, 1936

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Ark Royal

HMS Ark Royal, February 1954

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Fairey Swordfish I

Fairey Swordfish I of 820 Squadron over HMS Ark Royal, 1939

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll

Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll
Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll is pictured at the end of Exercise Goalkeeper in the Middle East. Based in Plymouth, HMS Argyll is the longest-serving Type 23 frigate in the Royal Navy

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Flags used for Nelsons famous signal at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805

Flags used for Nelsons famous signal at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. The flags used by Lieutenant Pasco aboard HMS Victory to send the message England expects that every man will do his duty

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Type 23 frigate HMS KENT at Sea, south of the Isle of Wight

Type 23 frigate HMS KENT at Sea, south of the Isle of Wight
Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate HMS KENT at Sea, south of the Isle of Wight. HMS Kent is one of the newest of the Type 23 frigates within the Royal Navy arsenal

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Vigilant

HMS Vigilant
Royal Navy Vanguard Class submarine HMS Vigilant returning to HMNB Clyde after her extended deployment. The four Vanguard-class submarines form the UKs strategic nuclear deterrent force

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Indomitable, 1943

HMS Indomitable, 1943
HMS Indomitable at its moorings with another aircraft carrier in the distance

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Ocean at sea

HMS Ocean at sea
Pictured is HMS OCEAN, the Royal Navys Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) and Fleet Flagship. She is pictured with Merlin and Chinook Helicopters on her deck

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Royal Navy Harrier Jet High Over RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus

Royal Navy Harrier Jet High Over RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus
LA(Phot) Luis Holden won the Navy News Award in the 2011 Peregrine Trophy Photographic Competition with this image. A Joint Force Harrier jet is pictured high over RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus shortly

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Solebay

HMS Solebay
Battle Class destroyer HMS Solebay

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter

Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter
A Royal Navy Merlin helicopter taking part in an exercise over the south of England. Merlin Mk1 the worlds most potent submarine hunting helicopter

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Nelson

HMS Nelson
Nelson Class Battleship HMS Nelson

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Indomitable, 1943

HMS Indomitable, 1943
HMS Indomitable with a Supermarine Seafire Mk. IIC flying overhead, 1943

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Conqueror submarine returns to Faslane Holy Loch after sinking Argentine battleship

HMS Conqueror submarine returns to Faslane Holy Loch after sinking Argentine battleship General Belgrano South Atlantic Falklands War, July 1982

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799. Artist: Lemuel Francis Abbott

Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799. Artist: Lemuel Francis Abbott
Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799. Probably the most famous portrait of Nelson, painted after his victory at the Battle of the Nile, from an earlier sketch

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Cutty Sark and HMS Worcester EPW061029

Cutty Sark and HMS Worcester EPW061029
Greenhithe, Kent. The Cutty Sark tea clipper and HMS Worcester berthed outside Ingress Abbey (the Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College). Photographed in May 1939 by Aerofilms Ltd

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Broadsword receiving fuel

HMS Broadsword receiving fuel
Weapon Class destroyer HMS Broadsword receiving fuel from HMS Implacable

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Newcastle, Weymouth, 1939

HMS Newcastle, Weymouth, 1939
Town Class cruiser HMS Newcastle

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Vanguard-class submarine HMS Victorious

Vanguard-class submarine HMS Victorious
Pictured is the Vanguard-class submarine HMS Victorious. The Royal Navy has operated the UKs Continuous at Sea Deterrent since 1967 when the first SSBN or Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear HMS

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Sunset over the Hard and HMS Warrior, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Sunset over the Hard and HMS Warrior, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Cleopatra

HMS Cleopatra
Dido Class cruiser HMS Cleopatra

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Cadiz

HMS Cadiz
Battle Class destroyer HMS Cadiz

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Implacable and HMS Vengeance, February 1950

HMS Implacable and HMS Vengeance, February 1950
HMS Implacable and HMS Vengeance in Weymouth Bay, February 1950

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Devonshire, 1936

HMS Devonshire, 1936
County Class Cruiser HMS Devonshire in the Mediterranean, 1936

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Valiant, March 1931

HMS Valiant, March 1931
Queen Elizabeth Class battleship HMS Valiant at Gibraltar, March 1931, with Fairey IIIF on stern catapult

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Montrose

HMS Montrose
Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose is pictured at speed in the Mediterranean Sea during Exercise Cougar 12. The Duke Class ship is taking part in Cougar

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Chatham Dockyard EAW223251

Chatham Dockyard EAW223251
Chatham Docks, Chatham, from the north-east, showing Rochester and the Thames. A number of vessels are in the naval dockyard. Photographed by Aerofilms Ltd in April 1972

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: Hawker Sea Hawk FGA. 6

Hawker Sea Hawk FGA. 6
Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 (XE375) of 898 Squadron on the deck of HMS Ark Royal, circa 1955

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Egret

HMS Egret
Egret Class sloop HMS Egret

Background imageRoyal Navy Collection: HMS Ocean, 11 August 1945

HMS Ocean, 11 August 1945
Colossus Class aircraft carrier HMS Ocean




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"150 Years of Excellence: The Royal Navy's Proud Legacy" From the historic HMS Bulwark to the triumphant return of HMS Invincible from the Falklands in 1982, the Royal Navy has always been at the forefront of maritime power. With iconic vessels like HMS Eagle and its mighty presence on the seas, their strength is unmatched. The flags that fluttered during Nelson's famous signal at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 symbolize a rich history of bravery and determination. These colors still inspire sailors today as they proudly serve under them. During World War II, HMS Illustrious stood tall amidst chaos, proving her mettle time and again. She became a beacon of hope for all who witnessed her might. And let us not forget about HMS Ark Royal, a true force to be reckoned with. In 1936, it was aboard HMS Ajax that courage shone through as she valiantly fought against adversity. This vessel showcased unwavering dedication to duty and honor. The Westland Whirlwinds gracefully taking off from HMS Bulwark remind us that innovation is key in naval warfare. The ever-evolving technology ensures our fleet remains ahead of its adversaries. HMS Superb stands tall among her peers - an embodiment of excellence within the Royal Navy's ranks. Her name resonates with pride throughout every sailor's heart. Witnessing royal navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious returning to Portsmouth after a refit fills one with awe and admiration for those who maintain these magnificent vessels' operational readiness year after year. High above RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus soars a Royal Navy Harrier Jet – an emblematic representation of precision and skill possessed by our brave aviators who protect our skies day in and day out. As we reflect upon these remarkable moments throughout history, we are reminded that behind each vessel lies countless stories filled with heroism, sacrifice, camaraderie, and resilience.