The Royal Navy in the Cold War (1947-90). A massive undertaking to say the least. The last of our six European Navies to bee seen here (with France, Germany, Italy, the Dutch Navy and the Armada), and the largest by far, although nowadays just a shadow of its former self. This reflect the transition between a humongous wartime fleet in WW2, ensuring the Empire’s very survival by protecting its trade, projecting power on many theaters of operations from the Mediterranean to the Far east, and a cold war navy, trying to admit the end of the Empire, new harsh economics realities of postwar Britain, and the ever-present threat of a Soviet attack. Overall, amidst transition to missile destroyers, modern ASW frigates, and modernized aircraft carriers, this formidable fleet dwindled down to the present (Brexit) days, to a more modest force, still a leady in Europe, high-tech and now reinforced by two “true” aircraft carriers.
Like France, the Royal Navy had to make compromises, developing alongside its conventional surface fleet, a nuclear deterrent. The object of the current page is to study the Navy history during the cold war, with a small transition to its modern state (will be developed in a future dedicated section), including the Falkland wars, but also every ships types one by one, detailed at the end, and the modernization and service of WW2 units of all sizes and specialty. This is a work in progress, along with new sections on armaments. Updates will be announced. It must be seen as a portal page for future developments. Each ship class indeed will have in turn its own dedicated post and this will take years.
HMS Birmingham, guided missile destroyer. This class was engaged in the Falklands, HMS Glamorgan paying the ultimate price.
Also this section will come with a poster (work has started since 2018). Ex. Here, HMS Illustrious after reconstruction and modernization.