I am primarily interested in the US Navy but, having acquired a copy of the RN's "Navy List" from December 1937, I felt I could not pass up the opportunity to add to my postings on the Royal Navy.
In 1937 Britain, along with the rest of what would become the Allied Powers of World War II, suffered from the effects of the worldwide Depression, coupled with an overwhelming desire to avoid a repetition of the Great War this led to the policy of appeasement pursued by the government until 1938. As a result, the Royal Navy lagged behind Germany in modernizing its forces, though it still possessed a force much more powerful than the Kriegsmarine. The information provided here offers a snapshot of the Royal Navy less than two years before it was once again involved in a world war.
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.