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Go to the Royal Navy Research Archive home page to view a range of web pages related to RN ships, establishments, units, and personnel, from the start of World War Two through to the post-war years and 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.

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UK Establishments

Topics relating to a specific RN or RM base/establishment/Naval Party in the United Kingdom. Also post her for RN Hosptials and RN Schools.

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Overseas Establishments

Topics relating to a specific RN or RM base/establishment/Naval Party in other countries. Also post her for RN Hosptials and RN Schools.

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Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve

Topics relating to Volunteer Reservists or to a specific RNVR Division or sub-division

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Last Post by PhiloNauticus
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on 14 June 2020 09:27:08 am
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Royal Navy Reserve

Topics relating to RN Reservists or to a specific Royal Naval Reserve Unit

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Last Post by PhiloNauticus
in Re: WW2 awards citations
on 16 November 2018 09:05:37 am
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Royal Fleet Reserve

Topics relating to RN or RM Reservists who served with Royal Fleet Reserve

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Royal Marines Reserve

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Personnel

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Royal Navy

Topics relating to individuals who served in the Royal Navy

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Last Post by garrettprestage
in Re: Kenneth Edward Lukes
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Royal Marines

Topics relating to individuals who served in the Royal Marines

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Women's Royal Naval Service

Topics relating to individuals who served in the WRNS

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Last Post by John Seal
in Women in the Navy
on 08 July 2019 05:15:22 pm
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Queen Alexandra's Royal Navy Nursing service.

Topics relating to individuals who served in the QARNNS

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Last Post by Ron Davis
in QARNNS aboard HMS. Venge...
on 23 May 2012 07:07:52 pm
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Service Records/Medals and Awards

Topics relating to RN/RM/WRNS Service Records/Medals and Awards

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Last Post by lesemery
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Looking for old shipmates

Pot message here seeking contact with former colleagues - note this is not a chat board, if you make contact please take it to e-mail.

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Last Post by Michelle Harding
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Fleet Air Arm

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Squadrons

Topics relating to First and Second Line RN Air Squadrons, Ship and Station Flights

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Aircraft

Topics relating to Aircraft operated by the Royal Navy past and present

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Last Post by Philip L
in Re: Bismark sunk. News S...
on 06 July 2024 01:42:20 pm
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Aircraft Carriers

Topics relating to Aircraft Carriers operated by the Royal Navy past and present

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Last Post by Albergman
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on 28 May 2023 01:53:38 pm
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Shore Bases

Topics relating to RN Air Stations and RN Air establishments past and present - including RN Air Maintenance Yards RN Air Repair Yards, Mobile Naval Air Bases, and RN Air Sections.

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Last Post by PhiloNauticus
in Re: Help with understand...
on 09 October 2023 12:32:28 pm

Surface Vessels

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Major Warships

Battleships, Dreadnoughts, Cruisers.

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Last Post by John Seal
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on 16 May 2024 08:04:56 pm
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Escort Vessels

Destroyers Frigates, Sloops.

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Last Post by PhiloNauticus
in Re: HMS Shark
on 10 June 2024 08:19:14 pm
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Combined Operations

Landing Craft Assault, Landing Craft Infantry, Landing Craft Tank, Landing Craft Navigation, Landing Craft Flak, Landing Craft Gun, Landing Craft Rocket, Landing Craft Support.

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Last Post by Danny L
in Re: 124th and 128th Flot...
on 15 July 2024 09:33:39 am
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Coastal Forces

Motor Launches, Motor Gun Boats, Steam Gun Boats, Motor Torpedo Boats

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Last Post by PhiloNauticus
in Re: HMS Dart 1862-1866
on 24 June 2021 08:45:14 am
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Mine Warfare

Minelayers, Minesweepers, and Danlayers,

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Last Post by PhiloNauticus
in Re: HMS WELLARD (FY 137)
on 13 December 2022 08:33:36 am
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Anti-Submarine warfare

Netlayers, Boom Defence Vessels amd A/S Trawlers

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Last Post by Btlc2000
in Re: Hms Barmill
on 06 May 2024 07:39:19 pm
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Auxiliaries

Repair Ships, Depot Ships, Accommodation Ships, Hospital Ships, Store Issuing Ships, Tugs, Oilers, RFA Vessels.

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Last Post by Aristo
in captured tanker DRESDEN
on 07 April 2024 08:50:12 am
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Pre 1919 Vessels

Topics concerning any type of vessel in service prior to the start of World War One should be posted in this section.

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Last Post by breynoldsfla
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on 06 November 2022 12:10:15 pm

Submarines

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Submarines

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Last Post by Philip L
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on 11 June 2024 09:24:50 am

Ship's Badges

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Pre-1919 Badges

Enquiries/discussions about the informal ship's badges in use before they were standardized in 1919

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Last Post by PhiloNauticus
in Re: Rating In the navy
on 22 May 2020 02:59:51 pm
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Post-1919 Badges

Enquiries/discussions about official ship's badges issued after 1919

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Last Post by PhiloNauticus
in Re: Badge ID help please
on 23 November 2023 07:24:31 am
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Unofficial Badges

Enquiries/discussions about any badge used by an RN vessel that was not approved by the Admiralty

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Last Post by Bbragg2
in Unidentified Cap Badge
on 31 May 2023 01:11:40 am

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RN Research Archive Mystery Photo page

Visit the Royal Navy Research Archive Mystery Photo page and see if you can put forward a suggestion as to the who/what/where relating to the unidentified pictures.

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Members Mystery Photos

Use this board to post pictures that show unidentified vessels/locations/people or present a mystery to be solved.

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Last Post by Philip L
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on 09 December 2023 12:23:00 pm
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Photo requests

Post requests for photos on specific topics here.

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on 04 April 2022 03:08:37 pm
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General photograph sharing board

Use this board to post pictures that show vessels/locations/people that you wish to share.

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Last Post by Philip L
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on 25 April 2024 01:48:26 pm

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General Discussion

Feel free to talk about anything related to the Royal Navy that is not covered in the predefined categories on this board.

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Books, Web Sites, and Associations

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Book Lists

Read any good reference books lately? Share your recommended book lists with others here.

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Last Post by Philip L
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Associations

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Web Site Links

Visited any good Naval History web sites lately? Share your links with others here.

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Helping researchers

Are you researching a particular aspect of the RN/RM/WRNS? Writing a book, making a documentary or compiling a web site? Post details of your research project and how members can get in contact here.

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