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.

HMS Iron Duke is currently taking part in Joint Warrior.

Joint Warrior is a UK tri-Service multinational exercise that involves numerous warships, aircraft, marines and troops and provides a complex environment in which UK, NATO and allied units can go through training together in tactics and skills for use in a combined joint task force.

The exercise runs through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations, that could be realistically encountered in operations - disputed territory, terrorist activity, piracy and more. 

This massive multinational exercise delivers specialist maritime training, bringing together the theatres of air, surface, underwater and amphibious forces.

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HMS Iron Duke plays ‘Bad Guy’ in Baltops 2016

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Current operation Joint Warrior

Joint Warrior provides a complex environment in which UK, NATO and allied units can go through training together in tactics and skills for use in a combined joint task force.

The exercise runs through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations, that could be realistically encountered in operations - disputed territory, terrorist activity, piracy and more.

  • 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

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Navy comes in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

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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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Ship's Motto

virtutis fortuna comes - Fortune is the companion of valour

815 Naval Air Squadron

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

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