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Royal Navy Blackwood class frigates. These type 14 frigates were cheaper and quicker to build than that of the Whitby class (Type 12) They were ordered by the Admiralty in march 1951. With the first completed in March 1956 HMS Dundas.  Due to them being of simple design they had limited usage. compared to other frigates. But they did perform well in Anti Submarine exercises, this mainly being due to them having continued periods of time in training compared to the crews of other Frigates which were constantly being used so their training was interrupted.

    BLACKWOOD CLASS FRIGATES   

HMS Blackwood (F78)  22nd August 1957  Scrapped 1976
HMS Duncan  (F80) 21st October 1958  Scrapped 1985
HMS Dundas   (F48) 9th March 1956  Scrapped 1983
HMS Exmouth  (F84) 20th December 1957   Scrapped 1979
HMS Grafton   (F51) 11th January 1957  Scrapped 1971
HMS Hardy  (F54) 15th December 1955  Used for harbour duties 1971 finally sunk in 1983 as a target
HMS Keppel (F85)  6th July 1956  Scrapped 1979
HMS Malcolm  (F88) 12tth December 1957  Scrapped 1978
HMS Murray   (F91) 5th June 1956  Scrapped 1970
HMS Palliser  (F94) 13th December 1957   Scrapped 1983
HMS Pellew   (F62) 26th July 1957  Scrapped 1971
HMS Russell  (F97) 7th February 1957  Scrapped 1985

HMS Blackwood

HMS Blackwood, November 1965.

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F78 HMS Blackwood.

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HMS Blackwood, 1957.

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HMS Duncan

HMS Duncan, September 1967.

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HMS Duncan, October 1970.

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HMS Dundas

HMS Dundas.

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HMS Dundas, June 1977.

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HMS Exmouth

HMS Exmouth, May 1965.

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HMS Grafton

HMS Grafton F51.  Launched 1954.

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HMS Grafton, June 1957.

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HMS Hardy

HMS Hardy.

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HMS Hardy, September 1966.

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HMS Hardy.   Sent in by Stephne Walkerl

HMS Hardy, June 1977.

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HMS Keppel

HMS Keppel.

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HMS Keppel, April 1969.

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HMS Keppel. Submitted by Stephen Walker

HMS Malcolm

HMS Malcolm, July 1962.

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HMS Malcolm, 1969.

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HMS Murray

HMS Murray.

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HMS Murray.

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HMS Palliser

HMS Palliser, September 1971.

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HMS Pellew

HMS Pellew.

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HMS Pellew, July 1957.

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HMS Russell

HMS Russell.  Preparing to tow RFA Tarbatness, Mediterranean, June 1973.

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HMS Russell

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Westland Wyverns go vertical over HMS Eagle during the Suez Crisis of 1956

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One of the most decisive battles in the history of the Royal Navy, Nelsons defeat of the French fleet took place on 21st October 1805 off Cape Trafalgar and was conducted with not a single British ship lost, although few ships escaped severe punishment and loss of life on both sides was tragically high

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VAR344B.  H.M.A.S. Nizam 1943 by Brian Wood.
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 HM submarine H.28 enters Scapa Flow anchorage, passing the forlorn Battle Cruiser SMS Derfflinger and a group of sunken destroyers H.28 was one of the H class submarines. Launched in March 1918, she was finally scrapped in 1944.

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 US Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd RCT, 2nd Marine Division, supported by LVTs and tanks, take part in the successful but bloody assault on Betio Island, part of the Tarawa Atoll. Operation Galvanic as it was known became the first step on the island road to Japan itself.

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Captain Harveys HMS Temeraire tries to pass HMS Victory at the beginning of the Battle of Trafalgar by Ivan Berryman.
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All That Was Left of Them by Richard Caton Woodville (Y)
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