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HMS Ajax - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Ajax

Name : HMS Ajax
Laid Down : 27th February 1911
Launched : 21st March 1912
Completed : 31st October 1913
Type : Battleship
Class : King George V
Builder : Scotts
Country : UK
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Fate : Sold for scrap 14th November 1926.at Rosyth

Ajax was laid down at Scotts yard on 27 February 1911. She was launched on 21 March 1912 and completed in March 1913. She underwent sea trials during April 1913, and was commissioned into the first division of the second battle squadron of the Grand Fleet at Devonport on 31 October 1913. Her only distinctive pre-war activity was her participation, with her sisters HMS King George V, HMS Audacious and HMS Centurion, at the Kiel canal celebrations in June 1914. She transferred to Scapa Flow with the rest of the Grand fleet on 29 July 1914, in response to the increasing political tension in Europe. She remained with the Grand Fleet for the duration of World War I. She saw action only at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. In this action the first division of the second battle squadron, commanded by Vice-Admiral Sir Martyn Jerram, consisted of HMS King George V, HMS Ajax, HMS Centurion and HMS Erin.[14] The fourth sister ship, HMS Audacious, had been sunk by a mine on 27 October 1914. She sighted the leading ships of the battle line of the German High Seas Fleet and the German battlecruisers and fired on them. She herself received no hits; because of the number of ships involved it was not possible to establish if she made any hits on her targets. She remained at Scapa Flow until June 1919, being transferred to the third battle squadron for the final four months of her time there. In June 1919 she was transferred to the fourth battle squadron, which formed part of the Mediterranean Fleet. She took part with her battle squadron in actions against the Bolsheviks and Turkish nationalists in 1919 in the Black Sea and in the Sea of Marmora. When the Sultan of Turkey was deposed in 1923 he was conveyed to Mecca in HMS Ajax. and remained in service until 1924. HMS Ajax was scrapped at Rosyth in November 1926. 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.

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Timeline Entries :


January 1910 - Ordered
27th February 1911 - Laid down at Scotts' shipyard at Greenock
21st March 1912 - Launched
31st October 1913 - Commissioned
19th January 1914 - Arrived Vigo
16th April 1914 - Arrived Plymouth from Portland
8th August 1914 - 2nd Battle Squadron in Home Waters
27th October 1914 - Sailed Greenock
16th December 1914 - Participated in the Scarborough Raid
31st May 1916 - Took part in the Battle of Jutland
31st May 1916 - Capt. G.H. Baird in Command
1st June 1919 - 4th Battle Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet
11th June 1919 - Paid off at Plymouth
12th June 1919 - Recommissioned at Plymouth
19th February 1920 - Flagship of Admiral Sir John M. de Robeck
23rd October 1920 - At Malta
4th April 1921 - Arrived Constantinople
27th December 1921 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
5th February 1922 - Capt. H. Ralph Crooke in Command
6th February 1922 - At Constantinople
6th February 1922 - Capt. George Trewby in Command
24th April 1925 - Capt. L.W. Braithwaite in Command
9th November 1926 - Sold For Scrap

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Last edited : 07:31, January 7, 2017
By : HMS

First Added : 13:07, January 29, 2011
By : kc


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