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Destroyer Collection

"Unstoppable Force: The Mighty Destroyer" From the daring acts of bravery in naval battles to the awe-inspiring power displayed by these warships

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Tipperary, British destroyer leader, WW1

HMS Tipperary, British destroyer leader, WW1
HMS Tipperary, British Faulknor-class torpedo boat destroyer leader, launched 1915, served briefly during the First World War, sunk during the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916. Date: 1915-1916

Background imageDestroyer Collection: H. M. S. Glowworm ramming the Admiral Hipper

H. M. S. Glowworm ramming the Admiral Hipper
The 1345-ton destroyer Glowworm ramming the 10, 000-ton German cruiser Hipper after a single-handed duel at point-blank range

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Papyrus of Ani (Book of the Dead) - The Judgement

Papyrus of Ani (Book of the Dead) - The Judgement
(Above) -Twelve Gods seated in Order, as judges before a table of offerings. (Below) - The Psychostasia of Weighing of the Conscience of Ani

Background imageDestroyer Collection: KOREAN WAR: SHIP REFUELING. The destroyer USS Shelton and the aircraft carrier USS Antietam

KOREAN WAR: SHIP REFUELING. The destroyer USS Shelton and the aircraft carrier USS Antietam refueling from the tanker USS Tolovana in Korean waters

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber; Second World War, 1941

Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber; Second World War, 1941
Painting showing a Fleet Air Arm Fairey Swordfish torpedo-bomber-reconnaissance airplane flying over a British destroyer (bottom centre) and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (back right), 1941

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Britains Sea Power Is Yours

Britains Sea Power Is Yours
World War Two propaganda poster for the Royal Navy - Britains Sea Power Is Yours - showing destroyers in line ahead

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Dragons Lynx Helicopter Firing Flares

HMS Dragons Lynx Helicopter Firing Flares
HMS Dragons Lynx helicopter fires infra red flares during an exercise over the Type 45 destroyer. As well as flying her own Lynx helicopter - of 815 Naval Air Squadron based in Yeovilton - Dragon has

Background imageDestroyer Collection: British Royal Navy Fleet

British Royal Navy Fleet
The British Empire on the Sea - the Royal Navy depicted en masse during the reign of King George V (1910-1936). Date: circa 1912

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Manchester

HMS Manchester
Royal Navy Type 42 destroyer HMS Manchester is pictured operating in the Atlantic Ocean near Gibraltar. HMS Manchester is the third ship to bear the name and was launched on the 24 November 1980

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Defender Returning to Portsmouth

HMS Defender Returning to Portsmouth
HMS Defender returning home to Portsmouth after her deployment to the Middle East in 2014. The Type 45 destroyer returned to the UK after more than six months deployed on high intensity operations in

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer HMS Dragon

Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer HMS Dragon
The Royal Navys latest addition to the fleet, the Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon is pictured exercising in the English Channel

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Ulster, British destroyer, WW2

HMS Ulster, British destroyer, WW2
HMS Ulster (R83), British U-class destroyer. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Type 42 destroyer HMS Edinburgh on her way from Fitzroy to Stanley in the Falkland

Type 42 destroyer HMS Edinburgh on her way from Fitzroy to Stanley in the Falkland
Type 42 destroyer HMS Edinburgh on her way from Stanley to Fitzroy in the Falkland Islands

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Diamond with Sea King Helicopter

HMS Diamond with Sea King Helicopter
A Sea King Mark 7 Airbourne Surveillance And Control (SKASAC) helicopter from 854 Naval Air Squadron takes off from the deck of a Type 45 destroyer for the first time

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Lion hit, Battle of Jutland, WW1

HMS Lion hit, Battle of Jutland, WW1
Scene during the Battle of Jutland, in the North Sea near Denmark, during the First World War, showing the British battlecruiser HMS Lion being hit on the Q turret

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Arethusa, British light cruiser, with destroyers, WW1

HMS Arethusa, British light cruiser, with destroyers, WW1
HMS Arethusa, British light cruiser, launched 1913, served in various locations during the early part of the First World War, damaged by a mine off Felixstowe and wrecked 1916

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Swift, British destroyer leader, WW1

HMS Swift, British destroyer leader, WW1
HMS Lord Nelson, British predreadnought battleship, launched 1906, served in the First World War, decommissioned 1919. Date: early 20th century

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Onslow at the Battle of the Barents Sea, Second World

HMS Onslow at the Battle of the Barents Sea, Second World
Illustration showing the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Onslow attacking superior German forces during the Battle of the Barents Sea, December 1942

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS York on deployment in the Far East

HMS York on deployment in the Far East
HMS York, a Type 42 Destroyer, was on a 20 week deployment to the Far East. The deployment was very much operationally focused and the ship played a pivotal role in support of the UK Defence

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Exeter is shown in the foreground with HMS Illustrious, taking part in Exercise Neptune Warrior

HMS Exeter is shown in the foreground with HMS Illustrious, taking part in Exercise Neptune Warrior. Having spent two years embarking periodically in HMS Invincible as the High-Readiness Aircraft

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Tartar - Tribal Class Destroyer of the Royal Navy

HMS Tartar - Tribal Class Destroyer of the Royal Navy
HMS Tartar (F43) - Tribal Class Destroyer of the Royal Navy, completed 1939. Date: circa 1944

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Prambanan Temple (Candi Rara Jonggrang), Northeast of Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

Prambanan Temple (Candi Rara Jonggrang), Northeast of Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia
Candi Prambanan or Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia. The temple compound is located northeast of the city of Yogyakarta

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Daring

HMS Daring
Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring in the South China Sea. The Royal Navy warship HMS Daring was on her way to assist the Philippines after the country suffered crippling devastation during

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Type 45 Destroyer HMS Daring Leaves Portsmouth for First Operational Deployment

Type 45 Destroyer HMS Daring Leaves Portsmouth for First Operational Deployment
Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring leaves from Portsmouth for the Middle East, on the first ever operational deployment for the Royal Navys newest class of vessel

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Jervis, British destroyer

HMS Jervis, British destroyer
HMS Jervis (F00), British J-class destroyer and flotilla leader. Date: 1939

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Naval battle off Puerto Rico, Spanish-American War

Naval battle off Puerto Rico, Spanish-American War
U.S. Navy cruiser " St Paul" shelling Spanish destroyer " Terror" off San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1898. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Otto Kretschmer

Otto Kretschmer, German submarine commander and U-boat " ace" called " The Wolf of the Atlantic" coming ashore British destroyer following capture of U-99

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Wallace a Shakespeare Class Flotilla Leader escort seen here in 1942 shortly after

HMS Wallace a Shakespeare Class Flotilla Leader escort seen here in 1942 shortly after Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh joined the ship as a sub lieutenant. Circa January 1942

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Fury leads the 8th destroyer flotilla during a fleet exercise close to Scapa Flow

HMS Fury leads the 8th destroyer flotilla during a fleet exercise close to Scapa Flow. Circa 1942

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Norfolk County Class Destroyer February 1974 sails under Tower Bridge during a visit

HMS Norfolk County Class Destroyer February 1974 sails under Tower Bridge during a visit to the Pool of London

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Dragon Near Gibraltar

HMS Dragon Near Gibraltar
Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon is pictured operating near Gibraltar during a seven month deployment to the Middle East

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Echo, British destroyer, WW2

HMS Echo, British destroyer, WW2
HMS Echo (H23), British E-class destroyer. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageDestroyer Collection: USS Osborn, American destroyer

USS Osborn, American destroyer
USS Osborn (DD295), American destroyer. Date: 1926

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS EDINBURGH D97 on patrol in the Northern Arabian Gulf. 08 / 03 / 2003

HMS EDINBURGH D97 on patrol in the Northern Arabian Gulf. 08 / 03 / 2003
Royal Navy type 42 destroyer HMS Edinburgh is pictured in the Northern Gulf during Operation Telic in 2003

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Vega, British destroyer

HMS Vega, British destroyer
HMS Vega (L41, changed to D52 during interwar period), British V-class destroyer. Date: circa 1920

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Keith, British destroyer

HMS Keith, British destroyer
HMS Keith, British B-class destroyer and flotilla leader. Date: circa 1930

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Walker, British destroyer, WW1 and WW2

HMS Walker, British destroyer, WW1 and WW2
HMS Walker, British V & W class destroyer, launched 1917, served briefly during the First World War and throughout the Second World War, decommissioned 1946. Date: 20th century

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Shakespeare, British destroyer at sea, WW1

HMS Shakespeare, British destroyer at sea, WW1
HMS Shakespeare, British Thornycroft-type destroyer leader, launched 1917, badly damaged by a mine towards the end of the First World War, decommissioned 1936. Date: 1917-1918

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Broke, British destroyer, WW1

HMS Broke, British destroyer, WW1
HMS Broke, British Faulknor-class destroyer leader, launched 1914, served during the First World War, sold to Chilean Navy 1920, scrapped 1933. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Lysander, Laforey class destroyer

HMS Lysander, Laforey class destroyer. Date: circa 1914

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Battleship and destroyer in a heavy sea. Date: circa 1913

Battleship and destroyer in a heavy sea. Date: circa 1913

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Douglas RB-66B Destroyer, 53-435

Douglas RB-66B Destroyer, 53-435

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Blenheims and Messerschmitts by G. H. Davis

Blenheims and Messerschmitts by G. H. Davis
The fight between Bristol Blenheims and Messerschmitt 110 destroyer planes over the North Sea during the Second World War

Background imageDestroyer Collection: WW2 Destroyer crew relaxing

WW2 Destroyer crew relaxing
Relaxations of the lower deck: sailors playing tombola in a destroyer escorting a convoy. One of the rare periods of leisure for the crew of a destroyer; Royal Navy sailors play the game of tombola

Background imageDestroyer Collection: American Destroyer

American Destroyer
A destroyer of the United States Navy at high speed

Background imageDestroyer Collection: Badger Rams U-Boat 1914

Badger Rams U-Boat 1914
British destroyer Badger rams and damages a U-boat off the Dutch coast

Background imageDestroyer Collection: HMS Liverpool Escorts Russian Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

HMS Liverpool Escorts Russian Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
HMS Liverpool escorts Russian Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. HMS Liverpool paid escort to the Russian Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov



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"Unstoppable Force: The Mighty Destroyer" From the daring acts of bravery in naval battles to the awe-inspiring power displayed by these warships, the destroyer has left an indelible mark on history. One such remarkable event was when H. M. S. Glowworm fearlessly rammed into the formidable Admiral Hipper during World War II, showcasing the unwavering determination of these vessels. Even ancient civilizations recognized their significance, as depicted in the Papyrus of Ani (Book of the Dead) - The Judgement scene, where a destroyer-like force protects and guides souls through treacherous waters towards eternal peace. In times of conflict, destroyers like HMS Tipperary led from the frontlines during World War I, exemplifying their pivotal role in safeguarding nations. Fast forward to 1941 and witness Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bombers launching from destroyers' decks during WWII; they became instrumental in turning tides against enemy forces. As Britains Sea Power Is Yours slogan proudly proclaimed, it is undeniable that destroyers played a vital part in maintaining maritime supremacy. During the Korean War, we see USS Shelton and USS Antietam refueling from USS Tolovana while HMS Dragons Lynx Helicopter fires flares overhead—a true display of combined naval might. Throughout history, British Royal Navy's fleet showcased its strength with ships like HMS Arethusa and HMS Manchester standing alongside destroyers during WWI. Today's modern era witnesses powerful vessels like HMS Defender returning triumphantly to Portsmouth or Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer HMS Dragon patrolling international waters—symbols of strength and protection. The destroyer remains an embodiment of courage and resilience—an unstoppable force that has shaped our world's destiny on countless occasions.