‘Hermes Joins Royal Navy’ (1959)

British Pathe b&w newsreel of Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Hermes (R12) joining the fleet in November 1959.


‘Masters of the Seas’ First Battlecruiser Squadron, 1915.

First Battle-Cruiser Squadron in 1915, in line of battle against the setting sun. Oil on canvas by by William Lionel Wyllie, 1915. In collection of National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Operation Hurricane (1953)

Operation Hurricane was the test of Britain’s first atomic bomb on 3 October 1952. The test took place at the Montebello Islands of Western Australia. This documentary film from 1953 was produced for the Central Office of Information for the Ministry of Supply.

Med Patrol (1971)

‘Med Patrol’ features aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (R09), Leander class frigate HMS Galatea (F81), combat stores ship RFA Lyness (A339) and fast fleet tanker RFA Olna (A123).

Battlecruisers HMS Lion, HMS Princess Royal, and HMS New Zealand c. 1916

Battlecruisers HMS Lion, HMS Princess Royal, and HMS New Zealand, watercolour by A. B. Cull. Depicted c. 1916-17, painted 1924. In collection of National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Fearless to the Fleet (1978)

Nice little documentary, around 26-minutes, put the kettle on and have a look.

Features landing platform dock HMS Fearless (L10), frigate HMS Andromeda (F57), and submarine HMS Dreadnought (S101).

Today is the 70th anniversary of V-J Day

Great post on VJ Day from the folks at CVN 68.

Nimitz News Online

70 years ago today, Allied Forces joined together aboard the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) to sign the Instruments of Surrender, marking the Allies’ victory over Japan and the end of World War II. The hundreds of Sailors onboard filled in nearly every open space on the ship’s weather decks to watch the monumental occasion.

Acting on behalf of Emperor Hirohito and the Japanese government, foreign minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed first for Japan, followed by General Yoshijiro Umezu, Chief of Staff, Japanese army headquarters.

Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur signed next followed by Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, as well as other commanders of Allied Forces.

After the surrender ceremony, 450 carrier planes from 3rd Fleet passed in mass formation over Missouri and the 254 allied ships in Tokyo Bay. Minutes later, Army Air Forces B-29 bombers flew by, signifying the Allied victory and the…

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