Currently 770 pages of content across all sites. Earliest material relates to 1808 - 1814, latest material relates to the1970s.

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.


Links marked   are to material  produced by others but hosted by the Royal Navy Research Archive.
 

 


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  • 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 August 2017]

  • 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  19 November 2018]

  • Royal Navy Air Squadrons 1938 - present day **NEW**
    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 establishments.

    [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  21 September 2018)

  • HMS SLINGER - John Lawson's pages devoted to the WW2 escort carrier on which he served during WW2
    [Last updated 23 August 2010]

 


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Reminiscences:


 

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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.
    [Last updated  16 July 2018]

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  • RN and RM vessels

  • Support Units

  • Air Squadrons

 

Short histories of individual vessels or details of flotillas, fleets or Task Forces.

  • Training establishments

  • Naval Barracks

  • Naval Bases

  • Naval Air Stations

  • Lodger Units

 

The histories of Naval shore bases around the globe, from Air Stations to Naval bases and dockyards.

  • Royal Navy

  • WRNS

  • Royal Marines

  • RN Volunteer Reserve

  • Civilian Staff

 

The stories of men and women who served at home and abroad in all branches of the RN and RM.


 

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Content last modified:

25 February 2019

 

 

Latest additions & amendments:

RNRA pages

Mystery photos quiz page (updated) July 2018

Diary of Gunner August Joyce Halden, Royal Marine Artillery

Added October 2018

Book Review Updated October 2018

Behind a notice Added October 2018

 

FAA Bases

RNAS Schofields Added February 2019

RNAS Maryborough Added February 2019

RNAS Nowra Added February 2019

RNAS Jervis Bay Added February 2019

RNAS/RN Air Sect Kai Tak Added February 2019

R.N.A.M.Y. Archerfield Updated February 2019

R.N.A.S. Bankstown Updated February 2019

R.N.A.S. Henstridge Added January 2019

RNAS Ayr Updated September 2018

 

RN Air Squadrons

1701 ASR Squadron  - history and personnel list completed February 2019

721 FRU - history and personnel list completed February 2019

722 FRU - history and personnel list completed February 2019
723 FRU - history and personnel list completed February 2019

724 squadron - history and personnel list completed February 2019

1844 Squadron - history and personnel list completed November 2018

1839 Squadron - history and personnel list completed November 2018

 

Galleries for the following squadron histories

 709, 1843. 1845, 1846 Added July 2018

1846 Squadron - history and personnel list completed April 2018

1847 Squadron - history and personnel list completed April 2018

1848 Squadron - history and personnel list completed April 2018

1849 Squadron - history and personnel list  completed April 2018

1850 Squadron - history and personnel list completed April 2018

 

The British Pacific & East Indies Fleets

L.C.(Q) 389 updated January 2018

H.M.S. MORAY FIRTH updated Mary 2018

H.M.S. CUILLIN SOUND updated September 2018

 

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