Eight ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Ajax after the Greek hero Ajax:
- The first Ajax, launched in 1767, was a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line broken up and sold in 1785. The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of the British armed services (and is therefore known as the Senior Service) "Aias" redirects here For other uses of this name see AIAS and Ajax. In the British Royal Navy, a third-rate was a Ship of the line mounting 64 to 80 guns typically built with two Gun decks (thus the related term A ship-of-the-line was a type of naval warship constructed from the 17th century through the mid-19th century to take part in the the naval tactic known as the Line of battle
- The second Ajax, launched in 1798, was another 74-gun third-rate that fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and was burned in 1807. Citations and notes The Battle of Trafalgar ( 21 October 1805) was a historic sea battle fought between the British Royal Navy and the combined fleets of the
- The third Ajax, launched in 1809, was another 74-gun third-rate. She was converted to screw propulsion in 1846 and broken up in 1864.
- The fourth Ajax was launched in 1835 as the sixth HMS Vanguard and was renamed Ajax in 1867. Construction The Vanguard was designed by John Edye, Chief Clerk in the Surveyor's Office to the directions of the Surveyor Captain Sir William
- The fifth Ajax, launched in 1880, was the lead ship of her class of ironclad battleships. Service history She was commissioned on April 30, 1885 into the Special Service Squadron commanded by Admiral Hornby; in August 1885 when The lead ship or class leader is the first of a series or class of Ships all constructed according to the same general design An ironclad was a steam-propelled Warship of the later 19th century protected by Iron or Steel armor plates A battleship is a large heavily armored Warship with a main battery consisting of the largest Calibre of Guns Battleships were She was sold in 1904.
- The sixth Ajax, launched in 1912, was a King George V-class battleship that served in World War I and was broken up in 1926. See also List of battleships List of ship names of the Royal Navy#A List of battleships of the Royal Navy Design They were of slightly larger displacement than the Orion s the extra Tonnage allowed for some small enhancements were incorporated into the design A battleship is a large heavily armored Warship with a main battery consisting of the largest Calibre of Guns Battleships were World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All
- The seventh and famous Ajax (22), launched in 1934, was a Leander-class light cruiser that served in World War II, and was broken up in 1949. Before the War Built at Vickers shipyard Barrow-in-Furness, England, she was laid down on 7 February 1933 launched on 1 March 1934 and completed on 12 April Design The Leander class was influenced by the ''York'' class heavy cruiser, and was an attempt to better provide for the role of commerce protection A cruiser is a large type of Warship, which had its prime period from the late 19th century to the end of the Cold War. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including She was made famous by taking part in the Battle of the River Plate. The Battle of the River Plate ( December 13, 1939) was the first major naval battle in World War II.
- The eighth Ajax (F114), launched in 1962, was a Leander-class frigate, broken up in 1988. Batch 1 The first batch comprising 8 ships and built between 1963 and 1965 were general purpose alternatives to the far more expensive single-role classes such as the Rothesay For the bird see Frigatebird. A frigate /ˈfrɪgɪt/ is a warship
- Colledge, J. J. and Warlow, Ben (2006). James Joseph Colledge (born 1908 was a noted naval Historian, author of Ships of the Royal Navy, the standard work on the fighting ships of the British Ships of the Royal Navy: the complete record of all fighting ships of the Royal Navy, Rev. For a list of ships of the Royal Navy, see List of Royal Navy ships. ed. , London: Chatham. ISBN 9781861762818. OCLC 67375475. The OCLC Online Computer Library Center is according to its website a "nonprofit membership computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purpose
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