The Royal Navy, October 1, 1932
I am primarily interested in the US Navy but, having come across a copy of the RN's "Navy List" from October 1932, I felt I could not pass up the opportunity to post the relevant
information.

By 1932, the Royal Navy had been forced to accept the idea of parity with the United States Navy, especially concerning capital ships, though the British still maintained an
advantage in terms of cruisers and destroyers. Along with the United States, the United Kingdom had led the move for naval disarmament after World War I, and had hosted the
London Conference of 1930 which had expanded on the reductions agreed to in Washington in 1922. With the effects of the Great Depression compounding the general post-war
economic difficulties, the Royal Navy could no longer afford to maintain its traditional status as an overwhelmingly dominant naval force. Still, when forced into war seven years
later, the Royal Navy would live up to its proud traditions.

Eventually, I hope to provide the same level of coverage as I have done for the US Navy at various points of its history, but for now I will be focusing on the forces afloat rather than
the shore establishment. Since I am not an expert on the RN, there is a chance I may misread info from the Navy List - if you spot an error please contact me to let me know.


Home Fleet
Mediterranean Fleet
Foreign Stations
Royal Australian Navy
Royal Canadian Navy
Fisheries Protection
Local Defense Forces
Reserve Forces
Miscellaneous Service
Royal Indian Marine


Vessels Under Construction

THE ADMIRALTY

List of Admirals

Photographs

Honorary Distinctions

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HMS Hood, photographed in the early 1930's. She was widely considered the pride of the
Royal Navy and was often used for ceremonial duties and showing the flag. This would
later prove costly as it prevented refitting which may have helped the ship when it battled
the German battleship Bismark in 1941. Hood was lost with all but 3 members of her crew.  
Photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command  On-Line Library.
As far as I know, this photo is in the public domain.
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HMS VAMPIRE, "At Larnaca" in the early 1930's.
Photo Courtesy of Alex Shand in memory of Archie Shand and is used by
permission.