Allied Warships

HMS Royal Sovereign (05)

Battleship of the Royal Sovereign class


HMS Royal Sovereign as seen prewar.

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeBattleship
ClassRoyal Sovereign 
Pennant05 
Built byPortsmouth Dockyard (Portsmouth, U.K.) 
Ordered 1913 
Laid down15 Jan 1914 
Launched29 Apr 1915 
Commissioned18 Apr 1916 
End service30 May 1944 
History

Transferred on loan to the Soviet Navy as Archangelsk from 30 May 1944 to 9 February 1949. Sold 5 April 1949 to T.W. Ward, arrived at Inverkeithing 5 September 1949 for scrapping.

 
Career notesBecame the Soviet battleship Arkhangelsk

Commands listed for HMS Royal Sovereign (05)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Llewellyn Vaughan Morgan, DSC, RN26 Jul 193918 Oct 1939
2Cdr. Thomas Harland, RN18 Oct 193915 Dec 1939
3Capt. Humphrey Benson Jacomb, RN15 Dec 193926 Sep 1941
4Capt. Reginald Henry Portal, DSC, RN26 Sep 19417 Aug 1942
5Capt. Desmond Nevill Cooper Tufnell, DSC, RN7 Aug 194219 Nov 1942
6Cdr. Peter Skelton, RN19 Nov 194210 Dec 1943
7Capt. (retired) Sydney Hopkins, RN10 Dec 194324 Apr 1944
8Capt. Allan Thomas George Cumberland Peachey, RN24 Apr 194430 May 1944

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Notable events involving Royal Sovereign include:


4 Sep 1939
The battleships HMS Royal Oak (Capt. W.G. Benn, RN) and HMS Royal Sovereign (Capt. L.V. Morgan, CBE, MVO, DSC, RN) both departed Scapa Flow to patrol to the east of the Fair Isle Channel. They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Broke (Capt. R. Kerr, RN), HMS Wanderer (Cdr. R.F. Morice, RN) and HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. A.B. Russell, RN). They were joined at sea early in the afternoon of the 6th by three more destroyers; HMS Foresight (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Lambert, RN), HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Tancock, RN) and HMS Fury (Cdr. G.F. Burghard, RN).

6 Sep 1939
Late in the afternoon the battleships HMS Royal Oak (Capt. W.G. Benn, RN) and HMS Royal Sovereign (Capt. L.V. Morgan, CBE, MVO, DSC, RN) and their escorting destroyers; HMS Broke (Capt. R. Kerr, RN), HMS Wanderer (Cdr. R.F. Morice, RN) and HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. A.B. Russell, RN), HMS Foresight (Lt.Cdr. G.T. Lambert, RN), HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Tancock, RN) and HMS Fury (Cdr. G.F. Burghard, RN) returned to Scapa Flow from their patrol to the east of the Fair Isle Channel.

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British Battleships of World War One

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British Battleships, 1919-1945, Revised Edition

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British battleships 1939-45 (1)

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