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Battleship histories. Royal naval battleship HMS King George V, HMS Centurion, HMS Ajax and HMS Audacious. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS King George V, HMS Centurion, HMS Ajax and HMS Audacious from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for Naval Historians and enthusiasts and descendants of crew of HMS King George V, HMS Centurion, HMS Ajax and HMS Audacious.

HMS KING GEORGE V 9TH OCTOBER 1911 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN DECEMBER 1926.
HMS CENTURION 18TH NOVEMBER 1911 USED AS A TARGET SHIP 1927, THEN SCUTTLED 9TH JUNE 1944.
HMS AUDACIOUS 14TH SEPTEMBER 1912 MINED ON 27TH OCTOBER 1914.
HMS AJAX 21ST MARCH 1912 SOLD FOR SCRAP 9TH NOVEMBER 1926.
HMS Audacious struck a mine off the coast of Northern Ireland on 27th October 1914 and sank the following day. HMS King George V, HMS Ajax and HMS Centurion all served at the Battle of Jutland. and remained in service until 1924. HMS Ajax was scrapped in November 1926 and HMS King George V in December 1926.

 HMS Centurion was converted to a remote controlled target ship from April 1925 to June 1927. At the outbreak of the second world war she became a repair ship, then a dummy battleship (disguised as HMS Anson) in June 1942. She was eventually broken up in 1945 after being run aground as a breakwater at Normandy on 9th June 1944.

Displacement: 23,400   Speed: 21.0 knots   Compliment: 870 and up to 1,110 in 1916     Armament: Ten 13.5-inch guns in pairs and sixteen  4 -inch guns (twelve 4-inch guns after 1917).  Two 3 inch Anti Aircraft Gun replaced with 4-inch anti aircraft gun from 1917.

HMS King George V

HMS King George V, c.1919.

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HMS King George V in 1912

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HMS King George V.

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HMS King George V photographed 1915

HMS King George V in Rough Seas c.1914

HMS King George V. c.1911

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The Launch of HMS King George V.

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Some crew of the KGV.  Sent in by Brian Booth

More crew of the KGV.  Sent in by Brian Booth

Sent in by Brian Booth

Shipmates of HMS King George V c.1918.

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Crew members of HMS King George V.

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HMS Centurion

HMS Centurion, July 1924.

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HMS Centurion, August 1924.

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 HMS Centurion photographed in 1912

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HMS Centurion Photographed circa 1912

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HMS Centurion

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HMS Centurion being used as Target Ship

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HMS Centurion as target ship.

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HMS Centurion as target ship, 1928.

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HMS Centurion as target ship.

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HMS Centurion as target ship, June 1929.

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HMS Centurion with HMS Shikari, October 1937.

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HMS Centurion with HMS Shikari, October 1937.

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HMS Centurion as a target ship, Malta. 

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"HMS Centurion which is now to be used as a target for the British Atlantic fleet, following the scuttling of its predecessor.  The warship left Portsmouth recently for reconstruction and for removal of the guns and valuable parts of the superstructure."

 I have this old newspaper issued in Beaverton Ontario Canada.  The only reason why I hung onto it was my father was based from the said name. I was collecting photos for a book I was putting together. my Uncle served on the HMS Hood for a short stint, but was one of the fortunates that was not on board at the time of its destruction. I am sorry there was no date on the newspaper image so I can't help you there. 

Robin F. Marshall. 

HMS Centurion as a target ship.

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HMS Centurion.

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HMS Centurion as a target ship.

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HMS Centurion prepared as a target ship.

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Crew member of HMS Centurion enjoying Christmas at Malta, 1923.

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Crew of HMS Centurion at Malta, June 1923, in the quarters where they lived while the ship was in dock.

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HMS Centurion - Name History

The ninth CENTURION is a 10-gun turbine battleship, launched at Devonport in 1911.  She is of 25,000 tons, 30,000 horse-power, and 21 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 555ft., 89ft., and 28ft.

HMS Ajax

HMS Ajax, 1913.

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HMS Ajax, c.1924.

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HMS Ajax  photographed 1912

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HMS Ajax at Malta, c.1913.

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HMS Ajax 1905.

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HMS Ajax.

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Crew of HMS Ajax, 1920.

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Captain H.R. Crooke and his staff on HMS Ajax, 1921. 

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French Boxers aboard HMS Ajax, 1920.

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Crew of HMS Ajax - Concert Party, 1920.

Sent in by Colin Jones

Revolver Team, HMS Ajax c.1920/21.

Somerville, Todd, Moor, Stevenson.

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One of the King George V Class battleships in 1912.

 

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