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British Royal NavyCreated by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1939
British man of war at Washington, D.C. H.M.S. York, flagship of the British West Indian Fleet, docks at the Navy Yard at Washington, D.C. She brought Vice Admiral, the Honorable Sir Matthew R. Best, K.C.B., D.S.O., M.V.O., R.N., to Washington where he will be the guest of honor at a round of social functions. This photograph was made from the deck of the Sequoia, the yacht used by President Roosevelt. 103035
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the Royal Navy was the largest navy in the world and maintained ascendancy over its rivals through superiority in financing, tactics, training, organization, hygiene, dockyard facilities, logistical support, and warship design and construction. The French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars saw the Royal Navy reach a peak of efficiency, dominating the navies of all adversaries, which spent most of the war blockaded in ports.

Between 1815 and 1914, the Navy saw little serious action, owing to the absence of any opponent strong enough to challenge its dominance. Due to British leadership in the Industrial Revolution, unparalleled shipbuilding capacity, and financial resources, British naval warfare underwent a comprehensive transformation, brought by steam propulsion, metal ship construction, and explosive munitions. In 1859, the fleet was estimated to number about 1000 vessels. In 1889, Parliament passed the Naval Defence Act, which formally adopted the 'two-power standard', which stipulated that the Royal Navy should maintain a number of battleships at least equal to the combined strength of the next two largest navies.

During the First World War, the British advantage proved insurmountable, leading the German navy to abandon any attempt to challenge British dominance. The Royal Navy had established a blockade of Germany, closed off access to the English Channel, and mined the North Sea. During the Dardanelles Campaign against the Ottoman Empire in 1915, the Royal Navy suffered heavy losses during an attempt to break through the system of minefields and shore batteries defending the straits.

The most serious danger to the British Navy and merchant fleet came from the attacks of German U-boats. Unrestricted submarine warfare raised the prospect of Britain being starved into submission in 1917. The introduction of convoys brought the U-boat threat under control.

In the inter-war period, the Washington and London Naval Treaties imposed the scrapping of some capital ships and limitations on new construction. The Royal Navy was stripped of much of its power. The re-armament of the Royal Navy restarted in 1932 - with the construction of new battleships and first purpose-built aircraft carriers. At the start of World War II in 1939, the Royal Navy was the largest in the world, with over 1,400 vessels, including 7 aircraft carriers, 15 battleships and battlecruisers.

The Royal Navy suffered heavy losses in the first two years of the war with the most critical struggle of the Atlantic defending Britain's vital commercial supply lines against the U-boat attacks. The Navy was vital in guarding the sea lanes that enabled British forces to fight in North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Far East. Naval supremacy was essential to amphibious operations such as the invasions of Northwest Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Normandy. By the end of the war the Royal Navy comprised over 4,800 ships, and was the second-largest fleet in the world.

After the Second World War, the increasingly powerful United States Navy took on the former role of the Royal Navy as a global naval power and police force of the sea. The decline of the British Empire and the economic hardships forced the reduction in the size and capability of the Royal Navy.

One of the most important operations conducted by the Royal Navy after the Second World War was the 1982 Falkland Islands War. Despite losing four naval ships, the Royal Navy fought and won a war over 8,000 miles (12,000 km) from Great Britain. The Royal Navy also took part in the Gulf War, the Kosovo conflict, the Afghanistan Campaign, and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
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An exact prospect of Charlestown, the metropolis of the province of South Carolina

An exact prospect of Charlestown, the metropolis of the province of So...

Print shows a view of the waterfront at Charleston harbor, Charleston, South Carolina, with several ships and small boats in the harbor and men, some with fishing nets, standing on a bit of land in the lower le... More

H.M.S. Pinafore Rice's extravaganza combination.

H.M.S. Pinafore Rice's extravaganza combination.

K1665 U.S. Copyright Office Created by "H.A. Thomas Lith. Studio, 865 Broadway, N.Y.; copyright 1879 by H.A. Thomas." Poster advertising operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan. Forms part of: Theatrical poster collecti... More

 The guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) and the Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster (F 237) conduct a towing approach exercise while transiting the Baltic Sea.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) and the Royal Navy...

BALTIC SEA (May. 01, 2019) The guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) and the Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster (F 237) conduct a towing approach exercise while transiting the Baltic Sea. Gravely is un... More

Adm. A.G.W.H. Moore, George Grantham Bain Collection

Adm. A.G.W.H. Moore, George Grantham Bain Collection

Photograph shows British Royal Navy admiral Gordon Moore. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2011) Title and date from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain C... More

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) Arleigh Burke Class (Flight IIA) Guided Missile Destroyer (Aegis) USS PREBLE (DDG 88), showing the Royal Navy (British), Appleleaf Class Support Tanker, Her Majestys Ship (HMS) BAYLEAF (A 109), providing Refueling At Sea (RAS) operations, while the ships are underway in the Gulf of Oman

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) Arleigh Burke Class (Flight IIA)...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM / IRAQI FREEDOM Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Aaron Peterson, Usn Release Status: Released to ... More

German U.C. 5, captured by British

German U.C. 5, captured by British

British Photographs of World War I Public domain photograph of a steamboat ship, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Admiral Mayo, U.S.N., and Lord Beatty, British Navy

Admiral Mayo, U.S.N., and Lord Beatty, British Navy

British Photographs of World War I Public domain photograph of British navy ship, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

British soldiers inspecting a gun in a Turkish fort that was destroyed by the British fleet during the Dardanelles Campaign

British soldiers inspecting a gun in a Turkish fort that was destroyed...

British Photographs of World War I Public domain photograph - British army, military forces, during World War One, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The offensive was taken by the British forces: ships of our mighty Navy

The offensive was taken by the British forces: ships of our mighty Nav...

British ships. Right half (p. 729). Repro. of 8 photoprints by Cribb, Gale and Bolden, Cozens, and Alfieri. Illus. in: The Illustrated London News, 1916 June 10, pages 728 and 729. Reference copy may be in SSF ... More

Airplanes - Historical - A British aeroplane leaving its rendezvous aboard a battle ship in search of undersea craft

Airplanes - Historical - A British aeroplane leaving its rendezvous ab...

Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Historical Public domain photograph of aircraft, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

HMS Acquitania Getting Overhauled

HMS Acquitania Getting Overhauled

This photograph shows the HMS Acquitania getting overhauled at US Naval Dry Dock. Administrative History of the First Naval District in World War II

Engelska örlogsbesöket. Warship photograph collection

Engelska örlogsbesöket. Warship photograph collection

Engelska örlogsbesöket Public domain photograph of Swedish navy, naval ship, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description Public domain photograph of British navy ship, free to use, no co... More

A port bow view of the British fleet replenishment ship HMS FORT GRANGE (A 385) underway

A port bow view of the British fleet replenishment ship HMS FORT GRANG...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Marine UH-1 Iroquois and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters hover about the British amphibious ship HMS FEARLESS during exercise Northern Wedding

Marine UH-1 Iroquois and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters hover about th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: NORTHERN WEDDING Base: Sinclair'S Bay Country: Scotland (SCT) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Pub... More

A plane director signals instructions while standing in front of a British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A plane director signals instructions while standing in front of a Bri...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A British Royal Navy pilot explains the features of his FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft to flight deck crewmen aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A British Royal Navy pilot explains the features of his FRS.Mk 1 Sea H...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A plane director signals taxiing instructions to the pilot of a British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A plane director signals taxiing instructions to the pilot of a Britis...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A port bow view of the British Hunt class minesweeper HMS COTTESMORE (M 32) underway on the Potomac River near Fort Washington. The 1ST Mine Countermeasures Squadron ships has just completed a visit to the Washington Navy Yard

A port bow view of the British Hunt class minesweeper HMS COTTESMORE (...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Douglas P. Tesner Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... More

A starboard quarter view of the British destroyer HMS MANCHESTER (D 95) underway during Exercise RIMPAC '86

A starboard quarter view of the British destroyer HMS MANCHESTER (D 95...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: RIMPAC '86 Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Rel... More

An aerial port bow view of the British fleet replenishment ship HMS FORT GRANGE (A 385) and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in the harbor during Exercise RIMPAC '86

An aerial port bow view of the British fleet replenishment ship HMS FO...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: RIMPAC '86 Base: Naval Station, Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operato... More

A port bow view of the British destroyer HMS LIVERPOOL (D-92) underway near Cape Wrath, Scotdland, during NATO exercise Northern Wedding '86

A port bow view of the British destroyer HMS LIVERPOOL (D-92) underway...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: NORTHERN WEDDING '86 Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to Public ... More

A port bow view of the British destroyer HMS LIVERPOOL (D-92) underway in heavy seas during NATO exercise Northern Wedding '86

A port bow view of the British destroyer HMS LIVERPOOL (D-92) underway...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: NORTHERN WEDDING '86 Country: North Atlantic Ocean Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to Public ... More

An aerial starboard beam view of the Canadian replenishment ship HMCS PROTECTEUR (AOR-509) underway during NATO exercise Northern Wedding '86. A British Royal Navy Sea King helicopter is at the ship's stern deploying an AQS-13 dipping sonar during an anti-submarine warfare patrol

An aerial starboard beam view of the Canadian replenishment ship HMCS ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: NORTHERN WEDDING '86 Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to Public ... More

A port bow view of the British large fleet tanker HMS OLNA (A-123) underway as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iraq and Iran

A port bow view of the British large fleet tanker HMS OLNA (A-123) und...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Gulf Of Oman Scene Camera Operator: PH1 T. Cosgrove Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Crewmen stand on the deck of the British patrol submarine HMS OCELOT (S-17) as it passes through the Miraflores Locks during its transit of the Panama Canal

Crewmen stand on the deck of the British patrol submarine HMS OCELOT (...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Panama (PAN) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Sw) J. Elliott Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Crewmen stand on the deck of the British patrol submarine HMS OCELOT (S-17) as it passes through the Miraflores Locks during its transit of the Panama Canal

Crewmen stand on the deck of the British patrol submarine HMS OCELOT (...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Panama (PAN) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Sw) J. Elliott Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The crew chief mans his station aboard a Royal Navy HAS. Mark 5 Sea King helicopter as it flies from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) to the light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05) during Fleet Ex 1-90

The crew chief mans his station aboard a Royal Navy HAS. Mark 5 Sea Ki...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FLEET EX 1-90 Country: Caribbean Sea Scene Camera Operator: PHC(Ac) D.W. Holmes Ii Release Status: Released to Public Combine... More

Two crewmen stand by in a flight deck tow tractor aboard the light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05) during Fleet Ex 1-90

Two crewmen stand by in a flight deck tow tractor aboard the light air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FLEET EX 1-90 Country: Caribbean Sea Scene Camera Operator: PHC(Ac) D.W. Holmes Ii Release Status: Released to Public Combine... More

An FRS. Mark 1 Sea Harrier aircraft approaches the flight deck of the light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05) for a landing during Fleet Ex 1-90

An FRS. Mark 1 Sea Harrier aircraft approaches the flight deck of the ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FLEET EX 1-90 Country: Caribbean Sea Scene Camera Operator: PHC(Ac) D.W. Holmes Ii Release Status: Released to Public Combine... More

A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 6 (HC-6) HH-46D Sea Knight helicopter comes in for a landing aboard the British light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R 05) during the NATO Southern Region exercise DRAGON HAMMER '90

A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 6 (HC-6) HH-46D Sea Knight helico...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DRAGON HAMMER '90 Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 (Ac) Stephen L. Batiz Release Status: Released ... More

A United States (US) Navy video cameraman gets a close-up of the patch on the arm of a sailor aboard the British light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R 05) during the NATO Southern Region exercise DRAGON HAMMER '90

A United States (US) Navy video cameraman gets a close-up of the patch...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DRAGON HAMMER '90 Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 (Ac) Stephen L. Batiz Release Status: Released ... More

A starboard bow view of the British light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05) underway during the NATO Southern Region exercise DRAGON HAMMER '90

A starboard bow view of the British light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCI...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DRAGON HAMMER '90 Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Stephen L. Batiz Release Status: Released to Pu... More

U.S. and British military personnel converse on the pier beside the Royal Navy's logistic landing ship RFA Sir Galahad (L-3005). Pictured, from left, are: CPL. Lemuel Maynor, U.S. Marine Corps; LT. Paul Dobson and LT. D.P. Wolstenholme, both of the Royal Navy; Diver Steven Fitzjohn of the Royal Navy; Lance CPL. Riant L. Polson and Lance CPL. Reginald Robinson, U.S. Marine Corps. Polson and Robinson are armed with M-16A2 rifles. The British and U.S. military personnel are making a port call during Operation Desert Storm

U.S. and British military personnel converse on the pier beside the Ro...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Bahrain (BHR) Scene Camera Operator: Cw02 Ed Bailey Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

A starboard view of the amphibious command ship USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) docked at the British naval facility HMS Tamar. The BLUE RIDGE is making a port call en route to its home port at Naval Station, Yokosuka, Japan following deployment in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm

A starboard view of the amphibious command ship USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELDDESERT STORM Country: Hong Kong(HKG) Scene Camera Operator: ENS. Hilton Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Holiday lights adorn the amphibious command ship USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) as it lies tied up at the British naval station HMS Tamar in central Hong Kong.

Holiday lights adorn the amphibious command ship USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-1...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Hong Kong(HKG) Scene Camera Operator: ENS Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A port bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS OGDEN (LPD-5) berthed at the British naval facility HMS Tamar

A port bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS OGDEN (LPD-5) ber...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hong Kong Country: Hong Kong(HKG) Scene Camera Operator: LT J. G. Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digita... More

A starboard bow view of the Type 23 guided missile frigate HMS WESTMINSTER (F-237) tied up to the jetty in the east basin of the Portsmouth Naval Base

A starboard bow view of the Type 23 guided missile frigate HMS WESTMIN...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Portsmouth Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... More

A port bow view of the Type 42A guided missile destroyer HMS GLASGOW (D-88) tied up to the jetty at the Portsmouth Naval Base

A port bow view of the Type 42A guided missile destroyer HMS GLASGOW (...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Portsmouth Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... More

The British frigate HMS BRILLIANT (F-90) enters a port accompanied by tugs during exercise Ocean Safari '85

The British frigate HMS BRILLIANT (F-90) enters a port accompanied by ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: EXERCISE OCEAN SAFARI '85 Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: LT. David Parsons Release Status: Released to Public Combin... More

An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft of Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) is launched from waist catapult three on board the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) just after sunrise in the Persian Gulf. The United Kingdom Royal Navy guided missile destroyer HMS Gloucester (D-96) is steaming close aboard the port side of the carrier

An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft of Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) is ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: LT. Scott Gureck Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

British Naval AIRMAN Aaron Eynon chains a Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier to the flight deck elevator before raising it to the flight deck of the Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The British vessell is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

British Naval AIRMAN Aaron Eynon chains a Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hms Illustrious (RO 6) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 Craig P. Strawser, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Phot... More

The British Royal Navy Ship, Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (R06), steaming in the Northern Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

The British Royal Navy Ship, Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS IL...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Jonathan Guzman, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Crewmen aboard the Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6), prepare a Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier for take off from the flight deck. The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

Crewmen aboard the Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hms Illustrious (RO 6) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 Craig P. Strawser, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Phot... More

British Royal Navy Leading Operator/Maintainer (Underwater) Andrew Ochiltree steers the Broadsword Class Frigate, HMS COVENTRY (F98), as Operator/ Maintainer Paul Edwards keeps a close eye on the other ships in the area. The British ship is in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest build-up

British Royal Navy Leading Operator/Maintainer (Underwater) Andrew Och...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hms Conventry (F 98) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 Craig P. Strawser, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photog... More

The British Royal Navy Ship HMS COVENTRY (F 98) (Background), pulls alongside Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship FORT VICTORIA (A 387), to conduct an underway replenishment while on station in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

The British Royal Navy Ship HMS COVENTRY (F 98) (Background), pulls al...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hms Fort Victoria (A 387) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 Craig P. Strawser, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital P... More

A port bow view of the Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier, Her Majestys Ship (HMS), INVINCIBLE (R 05), showing Sailors manning the rails, while the ship is underway in the harbor after arriving for a five-day port visit at in Naval Station (NS), Jacksonville, Florida (FL)

A port bow view of the Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier, Her Majestys Ship ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Station, Jacksonville State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Charles E. Hill, Usn Release ... More

The Swedish diesel-powered attack submarine HMS Gotland transits through San Diego Harbor with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) following close behind.

The Swedish diesel-powered attack submarine HMS Gotland transits throu...

San Diego (Oct. 01, 2005) The Swedish diesel-powered attack submarine HMS Gotland transits through San Diego Harbor with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) following close behind durin... More

Royal Navy Lt. Marie Steele serves as conning officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) during a replenishment-at-sea.

Royal Navy Lt. Marie Steele serves as conning officer aboard the guide...

U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (May. 15, 2013) Royal Navy Lt. Marie Steele serves as conning officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) during a replenishment-at-sea wi... More

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert tours the Swedish Visby-class corvette HMS Harnosand at Karlskrona Naval Base.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert tours the Swedi...

KARLSKRONA, Sweden (Jul. 14, 2015) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert tours the Swedish Visby-class corvette HMS Harnosand at Karlskrona Naval Base. Greenert visits Sweden to hold bilateral ... More

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra - Meeting of King Edward VII and Emperor Nicholas II in the Reval Bay. June 9, 1908. Король Эдуард VII и королева Александра - Встреча короля Эдуарда VII и императора Никол... More

Balaklava harbour, the cattle pier

Balaklava harbour, the cattle pier

A building next to which is a pile of baskets and a holding pen with horses at the landing place on the cattle pier with ship at dock in Balaklava harbor, also view of the landscape of the hills in the background.

Ships in a Breeze (Liber Studiorum, part II, plate 10)

Ships in a Breeze (Liber Studiorum, part II, plate 10)

Picryl description: Public domain image of a ship, navy, harbor, maritime photograph, 19th-20th century architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Combat dans la mer du nord, Juin 1696 / peint par Gudin ; gravé par Chavanne.

Combat dans la mer du nord, Juin 1696 / peint par Gudin ; gravé par Ch...

Naval battle between French and British ships in the North Sea.

[Sherard Osborn, lieut., Royal Navy, three-quarter length wood-engraved portrait, seated, facing front]

[Sherard Osborn, lieut., Royal Navy, three-quarter length wood-engrave...

Photo shows a wood engraving of Serard Osborn. Although Osborn had no connection to the Northwest Boundary Survey, he did serve on Belcher's expedition to search for the Franklin Arctic expedition, 1852-1854, o... More

A starboard side view of the Royal Navy (British) Ocean Survey Vessel (OSV), HMS SCOTT (H131), as the ship sails up the Hudson River, past the Statue of Liberty at the beginning of Fleet Week New York 2006. Fleet week includes dozens of military demonstrations and displays, including public tours of many of the participating ships

A starboard side view of the Royal Navy (British) Ocean Survey Vessel ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hudson River State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 David P. Coleman, USN Release Status: Relea... More

Magicienne, English [ship] - Public domain image of steamship

Magicienne, English [ship] - Public domain image of steamship

Public domain photograph of a ship, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

H.M.S. Partridge. Warship photograph collection

H.M.S. Partridge. Warship photograph collection

Detroit Publishing Co. no. 021124. Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.

Revenge of Sir Francis Drake - Public domain image. Dry plate negative.

Revenge of Sir Francis Drake - Public domain image. Dry plate negative...

Photograph of a painting. Detroit Publishing Co. no. 022812. Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.

Royal air force Sqn. Ldr. Andy Edgell, first of class flight trials (fixed wing) lead test pilot, sits in an F-35B Lightning II fighter jet takes off from the Royal navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08).

Royal air force Sqn. Ldr. Andy Edgell, first of class flight trials (f...

NORTH ATLANTIC (Sep. 25, 2018) Royal Air Force Sqn. Ldr. Andy Edgell, first of class flight trials (fixed wing) lead test pilot, sits in an F-35B Lightning II fighter jet takes off from the Royal Navy aircraft ... More

First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal Navy Adm. Sir Mark Stanhope, left, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert discuss the capabilities of the Royal Navy Astute-class submarine HMS Astute (SSN 20).

First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal Navy Adm. Sir...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 26, 2012) First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal Navy Adm. Sir Mark Stanhope, left, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert discuss the capabilities of ... More

British hydroplane, World War One 1914-1918

British hydroplane, World War One 1914-1918

British Photographs of World War I Public domain photograph of aircraft, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Arms traffic. The disaster at Dibai. The surrendered rifles on the quarter deck of the HMS Fox]

[Arms traffic. The disaster at Dibai. The surrendered rifles on the qu...

Arab men and British seamen behind rifles piled on deck of ship. George Grantham Bain Collection.

King George investing Admiral Brock of the British Navy

King George investing Admiral Brock of the British Navy

British Photographs of World War I Public domain photograph - British army, military forces, during World War One, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Sinking of "Irresistible", George Grantham Bain Collection

Sinking of "Irresistible", George Grantham Bain Collection

Sinking of British ship, Irresistible. George Grantham Bain Collection. Public domain photograph of warship, battleship, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Ceremonies - New York City - Peace demonstrations in New York Harbor. When the the news of the signing of the armistice reached the ships in the surrounding waters of New York, the crews immediately dressed the ships in varied colored bunting and flags of the allies for the first time sicne the commencement of the war. This photograph shows a British ship decorated in the Hudson River

Ceremonies - New York City - Peace demonstrations in New York Harbor. ...

Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Ceremonies - New York City Public domain photograph of steamship, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Aerial Photograph of HMS Repulse

Aerial Photograph of HMS Repulse

Original caption: Aerial of HMS Repulse. Diamond Head in background. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

BDE-1 HMS Bayntun - U.S. National Archives Public Domain photograph

BDE-1 HMS Bayntun - U.S. National Archives Public Domain photograph

This photograph shows the .289 diesel electric BDE-1 (British K-210) HMS Bayntun, built by Boston Navy Yard. Administrative History of the First Naval District in World War II

A starboard beam view of the British light cruiser HMS ANDROMEDA (F 57) underway during NATO exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION

A starboard beam view of the British light cruiser HMS ANDROMEDA (F 57...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DISPLAY DETERMINATION Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Se... More

A starboard quarter view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), left, the fast combat support ship USS DETROIT (AOE-4), center, and the British frigate HMS SCYLLA (F-71) as the carrier is refueled by the support ship during a NATO exercise

A starboard quarter view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PHC C. Pedrick Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "Ship Convoy Shoot Down a British Bomber" Artist: Fritz Friedel

Artwork: "Ship Convoy Shoot Down a British Bomber" Artist: Fritz Fried...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Aerial stern view of the British aircraft carrier HMS HERMES (R-12) underway

Aerial stern view of the British aircraft carrier HMS HERMES (R-12) un...

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Flight deck crewmen stand by as pilots climb out of the cockpits of their British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Flight deck crewmen stand by as pilots climb out of the cockpits of th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A port side view of the stern section of the British Hunt class mine sweeper/mine hunter HMS DULVERTON (M 35), showing the assorted gear used in mine sweeping operations. The ship is a unit of British Mine Counter-Measures Squadron One

A port side view of the stern section of the British Hunt class mine s...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.) Release... More

The British Hunt class minesweeper HMS BRECON (M 29) and HMS COTTESMORE (M 32) pass through the open draw span of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge after departing from the Washington Navy Yard. The ships are part of the 1ST Mine Countermeasures Squadron

The British Hunt class minesweeper HMS BRECON (M 29) and HMS COTTESMOR...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Douglas P. Tesner Release Status:... More

A starboard quarter view of the British Leander Class frigate HMS ARGONAUT (F-56) underway with her crew manning the rail

A starboard quarter view of the British Leander Class frigate HMS ARGO...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Potomac River State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to ... More

Ships of Task Group 100.1 participate in NATO Exercise BALTOPS'85.  In the lead are the West German frigates FGS RHINELAND-PFALZ (F 209), left, and FGS AUGSBURG (F 222), right, followed by the West German destroyer FGS MOLDERS (D 186), the British destroyer HMS LIVERPOOL (D 92), the Battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) and the Guided Missile Cruiser USS TICONDEROGA (CG 47)

Ships of Task Group 100.1 participate in NATO Exercise BALTOPS'85. In...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: BALTOPS Base: Baltic Sea Scene Camera Operator: JOCS Russ Egnor, Usnr-R Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military ... More

A starboard view of the British fleet replenishment ship HMS FORT GRANGE (A 385) at anchor in the east loch

A starboard view of the British fleet replenishment ship HMS FORT GRAN...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery (USN, Ret.) Release Status: Rel... More

A port bow view of British light aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL (R 07) underway during the International Naval Review

A port bow view of British light aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL (R 07)...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York Harbor State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Emmett Francois Release Status: Released to ... More

An elevated starboard bow view of a Soviet Whiskey class attack submarine. In the background is the British frigate HMS ROTHESAY (F 107)

An elevated starboard bow view of a Soviet Whiskey class attack submar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

US and British sailors explore the Arctic ice cap while conducting the first US and British coordinated surfacing at the North Pole. The ships are from left to right: the fleet submarine HMS SUPERB (S 109), the nuclear-powered attack submarines, USS BILLFISH (SSN 676) and the USS SEA DEVIL (SSN 664)

US and British sailors explore the Arctic ice cap while conducting the...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A starboard beam view of the British destroyer HMS EXETER (D-89) underway on patrol while stationed in the region as part of a multinational force safeguard shipping during the war between Iraq and Iran

A starboard beam view of the British destroyer HMS EXETER (D-89) under...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Gulf Of Oman Scene Camera Operator: PH1 T. Cosgrove Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A port view of the battleship USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) and the British light aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL (R-07) moored to a pier (T-AOT-185) moored at the Leyte pier is in the foreground.SUBSTANDARD IMAGE

A port view of the battleship USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) and the British l...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Station, Subic Bay State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Dunn Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... More

Ships from four nations sail in formation during the NATO Southern Region exercise DRAGON HAMMER '90. The ships are, from left: the British light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05), the Italian light aircraft carrier ITS GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI (C-551), the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), the Spanish aircraft carrier SPS PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS (R-11) and the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)

Ships from four nations sail in formation during the NATO Southern Reg...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DRAGON HAMMER '90 Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 (Aw) Raymond H. Turner Ii Release Status: Relea... More

Ground crew members conduct preflight checks of Sea Harrier FRS. Mark 1 aircraft. The planes are stationed aboard the British light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05)

Ground crew members conduct preflight checks of Sea Harrier FRS. Mark ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, Oceana State: Virginia(VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: CDR John Leenhouts Release Status: ... More

U.S. Navy large harbor tugs trail behind the British light aircraft carrier HMS Invincible (R-05) as it arrives at Naval Station, Norfollk, VA

U.S. Navy large harbor tugs trail behind the British light aircraft ca...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hampton Roads, Norfolk State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Gary Ward Release Status: Release... More

An aerial port beam view of the light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05) underway during Fleet Ex 1-90

An aerial port beam view of the light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FLEET EX 1-90 Country: Caribbean Sea Scene Camera Operator: PHC(Ac) D.W. Holmes Ii Release Status: Released to Public Combine... More

A port view of the British light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05) underway during the NATO Southern Region Exercise Dragon Hammer '90

A port view of the British light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DRAGON HAMMER '90 Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Turner Ii Release Status: Released to Public Co... More

Sailors tend to their duties on the flight deck of the British light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05) during a lull in flight operations. The INVINCIBLE is among the allied ships participating in the NATO Southern Region exercise DRAGON HAMMER '90

Sailors tend to their duties on the flight deck of the British light a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DRAGON HAMMER '90 Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 (Ac) Stephen L. Batiz Release Status: Released ... More

An FRS. Mark 1 Sea Harrier aircraft makes its takeoff roll along the flight deck of the British light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R 05) during the NATO Southern Region exercise DRAGON HAMMER '90

An FRS. Mark 1 Sea Harrier aircraft makes its takeoff roll along the f...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DRAGON HAMMER '90 Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 (Ac) Stephen L. Batiz Release Status: Released ... More

A port beam view of the British frigate HMS BRAZEN ( 91) underway during Operation Desert Shield

A port beam view of the British frigate HMS BRAZEN ( 91) underway duri...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Gulf Of Oman Scene Camera Operator: OS2 John Bouvia Release Status: Released to Public Combined Milita... More

A view of four ships of the battle group gathered for the NATO exercise Display Determination '91. The ships are, from front to back: the British aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05), the aircraft carrier USS FORRESTAL (CV-59), the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1) and the Spanish aircraft carrier PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS (R-11)

A view of four ships of the battle group gathered for the NATO exercis...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DISPLAY DETERMINATION '91 Country: Mediterranean Sea(MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 R. C. Witham Release Status: Released to... More

A port beam view of the British frigate HMS CUMBERLAND (F-85) underway during the NATO exercise Display Determination '91

A port beam view of the British frigate HMS CUMBERLAND (F-85) underway...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DISPLAY DETERMINATION '91 Country: Mediterranean Sea(MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 R.C. Witham Release Status: Released to ... More

Four ships from three nations sail together during the NATO exercise Display Determination '91. The ships are, from front to back: the Spanish aircraft carrier PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS (R-11), the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1), the aircraft carrier USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) and the British aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05)

Four ships from three nations sail together during the NATO exercise D...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DISPLAY DETERMINATION '91 Country: Mediterranean Sea(MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 R. C. Witham Release Status: Released to... More

Various coalition ships are moored at Mina Salman while stationed in the region to enforce United Nations sanctions against Iraq during Operation Southern Watch. The vessels include, from front, foreground: the Russian guided missile destroyer ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV and the miscellaneous command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3). In the background are the British frigate HMS CHATHAM (F-87), the French destroyer GEORGES LEYGUES (D-640) and the destroyer USS KINKAID (DD-965)

Various coalition ships are moored at Mina Salman while stationed in t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SOUTHERN WATCH Country: Bahrain (BHR) Scene Camera Operator: PHAN(Ac) April Hatton Release Status: Released to Public Combine... More

A port side view of the United Kingdom frigate HMS ACTIVE (F-171) tied up at a pier duirng a port visit

A port side view of the United Kingdom frigate HMS ACTIVE (F-171) tied...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Tampa State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: OS2 John Bouvia Release Status: Released to Public Comb... More

A starboard quarter view of the Type 23 guided missile frigate HMS WESTMINSTER (F-237) tied up to the jetty in the east basin of the Portsmouth Naval Base

A starboard quarter view of the Type 23 guided missile frigate HMS WES...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Portsmouth Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... More

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft of Fighter Squadron 154 (VF-154) is launched from waist catapult four on board the aircraft USS Independence (CV-62) just after sunrise in the Persian Gulf. Steaming alongside the Indy is the United Kingdom Royal Navy guided missile destroyer HMS Gloucester (D-96)

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft of Fighter Squadron 154 (VF-154) is launched f...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: LT. Scott Gureck Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A British Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier Jump Jet takes off from the deck of Invincible Class AIrcraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

A British Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier Jump Jet takes off from the dec...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hms Illustrious (RO 6) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 Craig P. Strawser, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Phot... More

British Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Chris MacBean, the Assistant Air Operations Officer of the Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6), gives the "clear deck" call during flight operations. The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

British Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Chris MacBean, the Assistant A...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hms Illustrious (RO 6) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 Craig P. Strawser, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Phot... More

British Royal Navy Crewmen aboard the Broadsword Class Frigate, HMS COVENTRY (F 98), maintain watch in the Operations Center while on station in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

British Royal Navy Crewmen aboard the Broadsword Class Frigate, HMS CO...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hms Conventry (F 98) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 Craig P. Strawser, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photog... More

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