HMS Iron Duke

HMS Iron Duke

HMS Iron Duke returned home to Portsmouth in December 2014 from a highly successful six-month deployment to the South Atlantic. The programme for the Ship over the coming 18 months is varied with a good mixture of training, maintenance and operational duties.

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

The Ship’s Company is drawn from all over the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, comprising engineers, logisticians, medics and warfare specialists.

The frigate is affiliated with the island of Jersey and the City of Hull.

HMS Iron Duke Commanding Officer handover

HMS Iron Duke commanding officer handover


HMS Iron Duke Latest News

HMS Iron Duke awarded the fleet effectiveness trophy for above water warfare

Lynx flights arrive home to RNAS Yeovilton

Yeovilton Lynx fly home for Christmas

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Current operation Maintenance

Ships, units and aircraft need periods of maintenance to ensure that they are at their best for any tasks asked of them.

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

Location Portsmouth

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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