The Significant Costs of Aircraft Carriers

What is an Aircraft Carrier? An aircraft carrier is a warship that serves as a seagoing airbase, equipped with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft. Countries with Aircraft Carriers Notwithstanding the US, other countries capable of launching jet aircraft make do with smaller and less potent vessels. Countries… Read More


Summary of Service: HMS Southampton, 1921-1926

HMS Southampton was built by Messrs John Brown & Co, laid down at Clydebank, 30 March 1911 and launched, 06 May 1912 by Lady Katherine Somerset. She was a light cruiser of 5,400 tons, 15,400 HP with an armament of eight 6in guns. She was the fourth ship of the Royal Navy to bear the… Read More

Summary of Service: HMS Southampton, 1939-1941

HMS Southampton gave her name to a class of cruisers authorised in 1933, of 9,100 tons standard displacement, 32 knots designed speed, and a main armament of twelve 6 in guns. She was built by John Brown and Co, Clydebank, laid down on 21st November, 1934, launched on 10th March, 1936, and completed on 6th… Read More

HMS Liverpool: A Brief History of Ships of the Name

There have been seven ships in the Royal Navy to bear the name LIVERPOOL. Ships of the Name Seven ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS LIVERPOOL after the city of Liverpool, whilst another was planned: HMS Liverpool (1741) was a 40-gun fifth-rate frigate, built as HMS Enterprise but renamed before being launched… Read More

The Former HMS Endurance

The former HMS Endurance, affectionately known as ‘Red Plum’, was a Class 1 icebreaker that served as the Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship between 1991 and 2008. Built in 1990 by Ulstein Hatlo for Reiber Shipping, Norway, as MV Polar Circle, she was chartered by the Royal Navy in 1991 for eight months as HMS… Read More

The Former HMS Illustrious

The former HMS Illustrious, a light aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy and the second of three Invincible-class ships, was laid down at Swan Hunter on the River Tyne in 1976 and launched in 1978. She ceased operational service with the Royal Navy on the 01 August 2014. Specs: Displacements & Weights: Lightweight: 16000 tonnes. Estimated… Read More

What is the Royal Navy’s Policy on Mixed Sleeping Accommodation Aboard Ships?

The Royal Navy has a no mixed sleeping accommodation policy – with accommodation and messing discussed within the Queen’s Regulations for the Royal Navy (Chapter 81). This is further amplified in Ships General Orders: Right of Entry to Messdecks: Entry to messdecks (of which a sailor is not a member) allocated to the opposite sex… Read More