The Royal Navy Research Archive aims to provide
virtual museum, giving access to a range of web materials related to RN ships, establishments,
units, and personnel, primarily from the start of World War One through into the 21st century. Content includes
articles, short histories and the reminiscences of the men and women
who served in the Royal Navy, WRNS, and Royal Marines.
are to material produced by others but hosted by the Royal Navy
The MONAB Story
- a history of the mobile airfields of
the Royal Navy - nine Mobile Naval Air Bases and one
Transportable Aircraft Maintenance Yard operated during
the last years of World War 2. Without the contributions
of these units and the men who served in them, British
forces could not have participated in the final stages
of the conflict in the Pacific.
07 November 2015]
Royal Navy Escort Carriers - the histories of the 45 vessels
of this type to serve with the Royal Navy - 39 U.S. & 6 U.K.
built ships, based on merchant hulls adapted to operate
as small aircraft carriers, they saw service in all
theatres of the war, operating in a variety of roles.
[Last updated 09 November 2016]
Royal Navy Air Squadrons 1939 - present day ****
Since 1939 there have been nearly 250 Naval Air Squadrons,
including 100 second line training and support squadrons,
137 first line squadrons and 12 Reserve units. Some have
enjoyed long serve, some several incarnations, others were
short lived but performed a vital role. IN the 21st century
there are 19 with one new squadron to commission soon, 809
for the new Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. Squadron
histories will be added as they become available.
[Last updated 03 December 2016]
Fleet Air Arm Bases 1939 -
This site covers all Fleet Air Arm establishments, both at home
and overseas, including Air Stations, Air Sections, Air
Maintenance & Repair Yards, Lodger units at RAF bases, and
[under reconstruction - last updated 09 September 2016]
The British Pacific & East Indies Fleets
- the story of the international mix of men on the
Warships, Auxiliaries, Naval air squadrons, and Shore bases
involved with the war against the Japanese - later
referred to as the ‘Forgotten Fleets’
Last updated 04 August 2016]
- John Lawson's pages devoted to the WW2 escort
carrier on which he served during WW2
[Last updated 23 August 2010]
Short Unit Histories & Articles:
More histories & articles...
items and photographs:
HMS OCEAN 1951 - 53
A collection of photographs, mainly from the private
collections of CPO Baker and Able Seaman Hiles, showing the
ship and her squadrons from commissioning at Malta to the
end of the Korean war. Includes IWM film 'Korean carrier'.
BOMB ALLEY by Anon
A short poem written by a crew member of the destroyer
HMS Partridge recalling her experiences with Malta
convoy duty in June 1942.
Photographs from the album of
Petty Officer Cyril Poole
Cyril served on HMS Berwick in the mid 1930s on the China
Station. He was lost when HMS Wryneck was sunk April
Officers of the WW1 Cruiser
CONSTANCE taken in 1918
A collection of pictures showing
HMS WARSPITE on D-Day
Veteran returns to former
65 years on
MYSTERY PHOTOS QUIZ PAGE
Can you identify places, people and ships? Some will be
genuine unidentified pictures, some just for fun but either way
we hope you'll join in.
[Last updated ]
RN and RM vessels
Short histories of individual vessels or details
of flotillas, fleets or Task Forces.
The histories of Naval shore bases around the
globe, from Air Stations to Naval bases and dockyards.
stories of men and women who served at home and abroad in all
branches of the RN and RM.
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to learn where to look for answers
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