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 Research
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.
[Last updated 27 April
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
[Last updated 19 November 2018]
Royal Navy Air Squadrons 1938 - 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 24 November 2018]
Fleet Air Arm Bases 1939
- present day
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 training
[under reconstruction - last updated 15 December 2018]
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
- John Lawson's pages devoted to the WW2 escort carrier
on which he served during WW2
[Last updated 23 August
Short Unit Histories & Articles:
Personal diaries & journals:
More diaries & journals
Captain Ernest Stevenson, OBE, RN 1874-1925
His story is one of naval service from Aden to the Zambezi, the Cape of Good Hope to the China Station, and most points in between. He entered the
RN at the age of 15, joining the training ship HMS BRITANNIA
on January 15th 1889; as a Naval Cadet he joined HMS IMPÉRIEUSE on the China Station. he retired as a Captain in March 1923 and died at Wei Hai Wei on June 19th 1925.
Behind a notice
The story of K.19516 William John Bowtle, RN, Stoker 1st
Class, killed in action on 4th January, 1918
Able Seaman Alfred Walter
Noel Langrish - Sussex Division RNVR & the Royal Naval
An account of Alfred's time in trhe RN
Division based around the information on his service record.
Transferred to RND November 4th 1914, fought at Gallipoli
and on the Western Front, taken prisoner in March 1918 he
was repatriated in January 1919.
[Last updated: 12
Sub Lieutenant (A) William
Anthony Clarke, RNVR (P)
Known as Tony, or 'Nobby',
he joined the navy at 19 and trained to be a pilot. During
his career he flew fighter panes from HMS ATTACKER and later
served with a Fleet |Requirements unit in the UK.
Miscellaneous 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.
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.
RN and RM vessels
Short histories of
individual vessels or details of flotillas, fleets or Task
Naval Air Stations
The histories of Naval shore bases around the globe, from Air
Stations to Naval bases and dockyards.
RN Volunteer Reserve
The stories of men and women who served at home and abroad in
all branches of the RN and RM.
Looking for service records or how to claim medals and
to learn where to look for answers
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