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HMS Duke of York was one of Britain's five 14 in King George V class battleships, designed in the 1930s to 35000 ton Washington Treaty tonnage limits. She was flagship of the force that sank German battleship Scharnhorst on Boxing Day 1943 in a purely surface action, with no air involvement. Of the class only Prince of Wales (sunk by Japanese aircraft in December 1941) did not survive WW2.

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Pair of captain's epaulettes belonging to J. Stockham (died 1814). The regulations of 1812 stipulated that captains should now wear two epaulettes with insignia that indicated their rank: the fouled anchor and a crown. The epualettes have 20 large bullions and 17 small ones. On the shoulder pad of each is an embroidered 'S'. Royal Navy uniform regulations 1812-1825

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Soldiers of 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment wearing Virtus on Exercise Griffin Strike.

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Do you know all your Navy ranks and ribbons? What about insignia devices? Whether you need to learn before Boot Camp, want to brush up on your Navy knowledge or you’re new to Navy lingo, check out...

Borodino Class Battleships (1904-05). The Russian flagship Kniaz Suvorov heading into battle at Tsushima, where three-quarters of her class met annihilation. The battleship was built at the Baltic Works in Riga, Latvia for the Imperial Russian Navy as part of a spendthrift buildup of the Russian fleet for the expected conflict with Japan. The Borodino class were badly jobbed Russian copies of the battleship Tsesarevich built for Russia at Brest, 1899-1903.

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