HMS Swiftsure


HMS Swiftsure

The Royal Navy has had ships named HMS "Swiftsure" since 1573, including:

*HMS|Swiftsure|1573|6, a galleon launched in 1573, renamed "Speedwell" and rebuilt in 1607, and lost in 1624.
*HMS|Swiftsure|1621|6, a 42-gun great ship launched in 1621, and captured by the Dutch in 1666.
*HMS|Swiftsure|1673|6, a 70-gun ship built in 1673 and later renamed "Revenge".
*HMS|Swiftsure|1750|6, a 70-gun third rate ship of the line launched in 1750.
*HMS|Swiftsure|1787|6, a 74-gun third rate ship of the line launched in 1787, and captured by the French in 1801. Later recaptured by the Royal Navy in the Battle of Trafalgar and renamed HMS "Irresistible".
*HMS|Swiftsure|1804|6, a 74-gun third rate ship of the line launched in 1804 which served at the Battle of Trafalgar and was sold in 1845.
*HMS|Swiftsure|1870|6, the lead ship of her class of ironclad battleships, launched in 1870.
*HMS|Swiftsure|1903|6, the lead ship of her class of pre-"Dreadnought" battleships, launched in 1903. She served in the Mediterranean in World War I and was broken up in 1920.
*HMS|Swiftsure|08|6, a "Minotaur"-class light cruiser launched in 1943. She served in the Far East in World War II.
*HMS|Swiftsure|S126|6, the lead ship of her class of submarines, launched in 1971. She was decommissioned in 1992 due to damage suffered to the pressure hull during trials.

Battle Honours

(First)
*Armada 1588
*Cadiz 1592(Second)
*Santa Cruz 1657
*Lowestoft 1665, Four Days Fight 1666(Third)
*Schooneveldt 1673, Texel 1673
*Barfleur 1692
*Vigo 1702, Gibraltar 1704, Velez Malaga 1704(Fourth)
*Lagos 1759, Quiberon Bay 1759, Belle Ile 1761((Fifth)
*Nile 1798, Egypt 1801(Sixth)
*Trafalgar 1805(Eighth)
*Suez Canal 1915, Dardanelles 1915-16(Ninth)
*Okinawa 1945

References

*A.E Weightman, "Crests and Badges of H.M. Ships" (1957) ISBN (none)


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