HMS Repulse


The British battle cruiser HMS Repulse was laid down by John Brown & Company in Scotland, and was launched in January 1916. She was commissioned in August that same year, and saw action in the battle of Heligoland in 1917. In the 1920's she was refitted with improved armor, and during the Spanish civil war she protected the international shipping. In 1938 she was sent to the Mediterranean to maintain order in Haifa in the never-ending Palestinian and Arab uprisings and troublemakers. She participated in the Norwegian campaign in April and May 1940, and participated in the hunt for the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. In 1941 she was assigned to Task Force Z together with the battleship HMS Prince of Wales and set sail for Singapore. Outside Malaysia they were spotted by Japanese forces, and attacked by 85 bombers and torpedo bombers 10.December 1941. Lacking any form for air cover, both HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse was sunk. The wreck of Repulse was found in 1959 by divers on a depth of 32 to 53 meter with her keel up north of Pulau Tioman.  In 2015 it was reported that extensive illegal salvaging had been done on the wreck which is considered a war grave.

Former names:
HMS Repulse

794.2 x 90,0 x 27.4 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
31592 grt Clydebank ( UK ) 1916  Singapore ( UK )

Picture: HMS Repulse
Courtesy of Royal Navy

Last updated: January 2021