Repulse file photo [1736]

HMS Repulse

CountryUnited Kingdom
Ship ClassRenown-class Battlecruiser
Commissioned18 Aug 1916
Sunk10 Dec 1941
Displacement26500 tons standard
Length794 feet
Beam90 feet
Draft27 feet
Speed31 knots


ww2dbaseHMS Repulse, a 26,500-ton Renown class battlecruiser, was built at Clydebank, Scotland. Completed in August 1916, she joined the Grand Fleet following post-trials modifications and operated in the North Sea for the remainder of World War I. The light protection of this class of two battlecruisers was a considerable cause for concern and, soon after the Armistice, Repulse received an extensive refit. This significantly increased her armor, and her displacement, which rose some six-thousand tons. The work was completed in 1922, after which the ship began a peacetime career of fleet operations and long-distance cruises.

ww2dbaseIn 1933-36, Repulse was again modernized, emerging with improved deck armor, a hangar and catapult for aircraft, and a greatly increased anti-aircraft gun battery. She operated with the Home Fleet in the North Sea and Atlantic during the first two years of the Second World War, taking part in the pursuit of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941. Later in the year she was sent to the Far East, accompanying the new battleship Prince of Wales. The two ships arrived at Singapore just before Japan began the Pacific War. As soon as hostilities commenced, both steamed northwards to intercept a reported invasion force. While returning to Singapore on 10 December 1941, Repulse and Prince of Wales were attacked by Japanese high-level bombers and torpedo planes. Repulse was moderately damaged by bombs early in the action and was later hit by several torpedoes. After receiving this heavy underwater damage, she sank rapidly, followed less than an hour later by the Prince of Wales.

ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center

HMS Repulse Operational Timeline

18 Aug 1916 Repulse was commissioned into service.
2 Dec 1941 HMS Repulse arrived at Singapore.


Repulse in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, United Kingdom, circa 1916-17; note Forth Bridge in backgroundRepulse, photographed circa 1916-17Aerial view of HMS Repulse, Aug 1918Aerial view of HMS Repulse, Aug 1918
See all 27 photographs of Battlecruiser HMS Repulse

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. PatM says:
19 Dec 2006 01:18:14 AM

Pete, I dont know why youre being so modest-this is impressive. Makes for a nice reference.
2. Al Charlebois says:
4 Jul 2017 11:49:07 AM

My wife's Grand father Frank Earl Butler served on The Repulse during WW2. He apparently was a CPO. Could you please advise how I may learn more about his service?Thank you

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Repulse in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, United Kingdom, circa 1916-17; note Forth Bridge in background
See all 27 photographs of Battlecruiser HMS Repulse

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