HMS Victory

Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar HMS Victory is a living museum to the Georgian Navy.  Her majesty's Ship Victory is the only surviving naval warship that represents the skill of naval dockyard shipwrights, ships designers and the industrial ability of Britain during the mid-18th Century

More than this the Victory is equally a classic example of warship construction techniques used by all maritime powers of that period including Denmark, France, Holland and Spain, also the lesser naval powers of Russia, Naples, Sweden and Turkey.

Besides her historic role serving as Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory stands in the line of technical advances made between the 16th- Century Tudor warship Mary Rose, the Victorian-built iron warship Warrior of the mid 19th century and the steel built monitor M33 of the early 20th Century – all on display in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Simply just a manoeuvrable floating weapons platform, the Victory is likewise historically comparable with the modern naval warships of the 21st Century.

On the 5th March 2012, custodianship of HMS Victory was transferred from the Ministry of Defence to the HMS Victory Preservation Trust, established as part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

HMS Victory continues to be a commissioned warship of the Royal Navy under her Commanding Officer and ship’s company and is the flagship of the First Sea Lord.

She is crewed by a mixture of Royal Navy sailors and staff from the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and is open to the public daily.

Commanding Officer Brian Smith

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lt Cdr Smith joined the Royal Navy in 1989. He took command of HMS Victory in May 2015.

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Location Portsmouth

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