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  • Friday, 23 July 2021 - 11:32am

    HRH Prince Michael of Kent visited the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport and met with curators, conservators and the visitor welcome team.


    The Prince, who last visited in 2016, was accompanied by Executive Director of Resources, Sarah Dennis, General Manager Claire Baverstock and the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson.


    Amongst the highlights of his visit was the opportunity to view the newest exhibition at the museum, Silent and Secret which explores the history of the at-sea deterrent. He also went in Holland 1, to learn more about the...

  • Saturday, 17 July 2021 - 8:00am

    On 19 July 1918 six Sopwith Camels from HMS Furious executed the first attack by aircraft from an aircraft carrier. Seaplane carriers, lighters and decking on gun turrets had earlier enabled aircraft to launch from ships, but HMS Furious had been designed specifically to allow aeroplanes to take off from a deck in front of her bridge.

    HMS Furious 

    HMS Furious was completed on 4 July 1917 and joined the Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow for flying trials. In August...

  • Monday, 12 July 2021 - 4:20pm
    •  The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s HMS Trincomalee has been repainted
    • A significant step in the museum’s mission to preserve naval heritage
    •  Visitors can witness this change at The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

    HMS Trincomalee, the oldest warship afloat in Europe, has received a fresh look this summer through an ambitious repainting project. The repaint has spruced up her exterior while making small alterations, creating a look even more accurate to when she first launched nearly...

  • Monday, 12 July 2021 - 2:15pm

    • Safe arrival, under escort, of two historic Second World War boats herald fit-out of new Coastal Forces exhibition due to open in Autumn
    • Coastal Motor Boat CMB 331 and Motor Torpedo Boat MTB71 will take centre stage in exhibition which will be permanent legacy to Coastal Forces
    • “The Night Hunters: The Royal Navy’s Coastal Forces at War” tells gripping and relatively unknown story of high-octane, high-speed tactics of the “Spitfires of the Sea.”

    Two Second World War historic boats that made an extraordinary contribution to naval warfare, have been...

  • Thursday, 8 July 2021 - 3:44pm

    Hair in the Royal Navy

    The Royal Navy has recently announced a new hairstyle policy that allows women to wear a variety of hairstyles including ponytails, corn rows, twists, locks, afros and braids.

    These new regulations remind us of how the social and cultural relevance of hair within the navy has been important throughout its history.

    Here at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, we have been diving into the history of hair within the Georgian Royal Navy with our new exhibition, Diving Deep.

    This exhibition tells the story of HMS Invincible, a Royal Navy...

  • Tuesday, 6 July 2021 - 4:15pm

    First launch

    On 31 May 1915 the Royal Navy’s first Coastal class airship took to the skies after only three weeks development. That is quite a feat for the production of any craft but demonstrates the determination and resourcefulness of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

    After the limited success of the Royal Navy’s first rigid airship HMA 1, the Royal Navy concentrated on non-rigid airships until 1916. HMA 1 had successful mooring trials, but in 1911 her rigid structure was broken in 1911 as she left the shed for the first true flight.

    During the First...


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