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HMS Royal Oak

Royal Sovereign Class BB

Royal Oak after the 1934-36 refit
Royal Oak after the 1934-36 refit
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Royal Oak on completion joined the Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow, serving with the 3rd Division, 4th Battle Squadron at the Battle of Jutland. She fired 38 rounds of 15in during the battle. In April 1919 she joined the 1st Battle Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, deploying with them to Turkish waters, March-July 1920. From September 1922 to April 1924 she was refitted at Portsmouth, then in March 1926 was transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet until 1934, undergoing another refit March-June 1927 at Plymouth. In May 1934 she was paid off for extensive refit at Plymouth which lasted until August 1936, after which she joined the Home Fleet. On 7 July 1939 she was recommissioned for the Mediterranean Fleet, but in August of that year was retained in home waters because of the situation vis-a-vis Germany. During the first week of hostilities she participated in a sweep against returning German mercantile traffic, but on 14 October 1939, while at anchor in Scapa Flow, Royal Oak was hit by three or four torpedoes on the starboard side ('A and 'B' shell rooms, forward boiler room and the wing engine room) from U47 and capsized with heavy loss of life. She was never salvaged.

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Royal Oak, Malta, 1937
Royal Oak, Malta, 1937
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