HMS Iron Duke

HMS Iron Duke

HMS Iron Duke returned to sea in April 2015 after a 4 month maintenance period in Portsmouth. She visited Jersey, in May 2015, for a five-day visit to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of the Island from the German occupation forces of World War II.

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In February 2015, the command of HMS Iron Duke was handed over to Commander Ben Aldous.

Following her extended maintenance period alongside Portsmouth Dockyard, the Ship spent a week at sea undergoing a series of equipment trails and training evolutions preparing for her future programme.

At the end of  the highly successful week Iron Duke can now be considered ready to continue with her future programme, which includes a much anticipated visit to Jersey, exercising with NATO partners in the Baltic and a Seawolf Missile Firing.


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Current operation Ship visits

Royal Navy ships have a busy programme of visits to ports, harbours and their affiliated towns and cities throughout the UK.

  • Exercise Baltops

    Exercise Baltops is the largest multinational maritime exercise in the Baltic Sea, demonstrating the UK's continuing commitment to the collective security of NATO allies.

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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Unit History

The First Iron Duke1870

The battleship was officially known as Duke but during her construction at Pembroke shipyard, she acquired the nickname Iron Duke – and the name stuck.

The First Iron Duke1870

The Iron Duke story begins in 1870 with an Audacious-class battleship – not entirely dissimilar to HMS Warrior, which is today a well preserved visitor attraction in Portsmouth Harbour.

Suez Canal1871

HMS Iron Duke became the first battleship to pass through the new Suez Canal on her way to take up her role as the flagship of the China Fleet, where she spent much of her active career.

The Second Iron Duke1912

The second and most famous Iron Duke was the legendary World War 1 battleship which served as the flagship of the Grand Fleet – the largest and most powerful naval force of the day.

The Second Iron Duke1916

It was from the bridge of Iron Duke that Admiral Jellicoe directed the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. The ship suffered no damage  but inflicted heavy punishment on the German battleship König.

Training Vessel1920

Iron Duke remained on active service through the 1920s until she became a training vessel in the 1930s. She spent World War 2 in Scapa Flow as a base/port defence ship before being scrapped.

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Commanding Officer Ben Aldous

Rank: Commander

Commander Ben Aldous joined the Royal Navy in 1998, he assumed command of HMS Iron Duke in February 2015.

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Displacement: 4,900 tonnes; length: 133m; beam: 16.1m; complement: 185