HMS Vengeance

HMS Vengeance

HMS Vengeance is the youngest of the four strategic missile submarines. Her patrols could, in theory, last for years as she has constant power,produces her own water and oxygen.

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As the last 'bomber' out of Barrow; the boat was launched on 19 October 1998 she is also the last to undergo a mid-life overhaul at Devonport, during which time her nuclear reactor will receive its first and only refuel.

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Current operation Continuous at sea deterrent

Since April 1969, the UK has been providing the continuous at sea deterrent. At any time, one of the current Vanguard-class submarines is on patrol somewhere in the oceans of the globe, protecting the UK through a credible nuclear deterrent.

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Unit History

The First Vengeance1758

The first was a 28-gun 6th Rate frigate, captured by HMS Hussar from the French off the Lizard in February 1758. She fought in one of the key battles in the Seven Years War with France.

Sunk at Plymouth1766

She was sunk in October 1766 as a breakwater off Plymouth.

Three Vengeances1774

Around the turn of the 19th century three Vengeances existed concurrently. A 74-gun 3rd Rate ship of the line was the first, launched in June 1774. She was converted to a prison ship in 1808.

The Fourth Vengeance1793

The fourth Vengeance, a 4th Rate 50-gun, had been captured in the Mona Passage, in August 1800. She was damaged when stranded in 1801.

Vengeance Number Five1801

The longest-serving Vengeance was number five, a 2nd Rate 84-gun, which commissioned at Pembroke in July 1824 and was finally sold in May 1897, having won a battle honour in the Crimean War.

The Sixth Vengeance1899

The sixth was a 13,000-ton Canopus-class pre-Dreadnought battleship launched at Vickers at Barrow in July 1899 which served in home waters and on the China Station before World War 1.

Number 6 in Action1915

She won the Dardanelles battle honour in 1915, and also served off Africa; by the end of the war she had been used for experimental gunnery duties and by May 1918 was an ammunition store ship.

Disappearing Act1921

She was sold for scrap in December 1921, and while on tow to Dover her towline parted and she disappeared briefly in the Channel, until tugs found her and resumed her final passage.

Vengeance Number Seven1944

No.7 was a Colossus-class light Fleet carrier, which entered service at the end of WW2. She witnessed the surrender of Hong Kong in September 1945; transferred to the Royal Australian Navy 1952-55.

Sold to Brazil1956

From there she was sold to Brazil in 1956, re-commissioning in 1960 as the Minas Gerais, and served until 2001 – the last of her type still in service.

Sold for Scrapping2004

Efforts were made by ex-Service associations to preserve this last World War 2-era carrier as a memorial ship, but sufficient funds could not be raised and she was sold for scrapping in India in 2004.

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HMS Vengeance is the youngest of the Vanguard Class, launched on 19 October 1998.

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