royal navy

  1. The Austere Class Battleships
    Threadmarks: Chapter 1 - "HMS Austere"

    This is an itch I have been needing to scratch for some time now - I got the idea from Antony Williams ATL/ASB WW2 novel 'The Foresight War' and applied my fascination of the G3/N3 and O3 designs of Battleships coupled with the Naval treaty limitations of the day and also the problems of...
  2. Land of Hope and Glory - a 20th century timeline
    Threadmarks: Introduction

    Hello, I have decided to have a go at writing a timeline. Hopefully it goes alright! (on the other hand do not except to much or too regular updates) So, the plan is for a timeline set in the 20th century. I am British and so there might be a bias as to who get covered. I might also end up...
  3. MCPO-MagicalGeek

    What if the Washington Naval Treaty Failed

    Now this one is a question I've been thinking. If the Washington Naval Treaty Failed, what would happen to the various Navies in the world. The most common thing I heard is that the Royal Navy would be able to expand and the rest of the Commonwealth or Empire could get the Royal Navy's...
  4. WI: Greater British victory at the battle of Dogger Bank

    Lets say that the British manage to avoid messing up the signals are therefore sink more German ships. How does this effect German naval strategy? What about the future of battle-cruisers post war?
  5. 9.2" HMS Belfast

    If the Royal Navy decided that it would be useful to have some 9.2” cruisers, now that the LNT was kaput and what with the War, would it be possible to fit out HMS Belfast with 4 x 2 9.2” guns? Such a refit would make good use of the time between January 1940 and November 1942 she spent being...
  6. 1922 HMS Agincourt Refit

    In 1922, taking advantage of the Washington Naval Treaty Part 2 Paragraph II. (e), the Royal Navy took the opportunity to convert a single Capital Ship to the status of Experimental Training Ship, by rendering it unfit for warlike service, but allowing it to be used as a test bed for new...
  7. AHQ KGV class with 9x15" guns

    A quick question. Could the RN KGV class have been built with 3 triple 15" turrets rather than the two quad and one twin 14"? And, would it have made any difference to their performance in WW2. The POD would have to be the UK proposing that 15" rather than 14" guns be permitted for the new...
  8. WI: No Kiel Mutiny

    As it says on the tin - let's say that the Wilhelmshaven and Kiel Mutinies never occur or are suppressed in their early stages. The Naval Order of October 24th is carried out, and the High Seas Fleet sets sail to meet the Grand Fleet in a final battle. Who would win this confrontation...
  9. WI RN ships had Royal Observer Corps personnel on board for D-Day

    Prior to D-Day there was sufficient concern that allied aircraft would be miss identified and fired upon by shipping that 796 volunteers of the Royal Observers Corp served as Petty Officer (Aircraft Identification) for several months from just before D-Day. They were posted on all US Navy ships...
  10. AHC: Strong post-war Royal Navy?

    With any POD after 10th May 1945, how can you keep the Royal Navy strong until the present day? A continous Carrier capability is a must.
  11. A 23 000 tons Yorktown class

    Inspired by the thread of a Illustrious with 4000 extra tons https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/ahc-27000-tonne-illustrious-class-carrier.450854/ what would you do with 3000 extra tons for the Yorktown class with was in otl at 19 800 tons. Could a ship with otl dimension of a...
  12. WaterproofPotatoes

    WI: A different Washington Naval Treaty and its Effects On WWII

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: A big thanks to "consulting admirals" @jsb @Luminous @hipper @RamscoopRaider @steamboy for their stellar contributions to this thread. It would not be half as interesting without them! For the uninitiated, US hull classification symbols are used as abbreviations for ship...
  13. HMS EAGLE in the Falklands
    Threadmarks: Whitehall 31st March 1982

    31st March 1982 Whitehall Pausing only to make a quick phone call to get a quick update on the disposition and readiness of his fleet and having found the defence secretary not in his office but at an emergency meeting to discuss the imminent invasion the fully and glitteringly bemedaled...
  14. Cmastashizzlerizzle

    Wi:HMS dreadnought gets hood’d by a pre-dreadnought

    So I guess as the title says what if the dreadnought gets sunk by a lucky hit from a pre-dreadnought in a similar way to the Hood for it to have the most ramifications it would have to happen before dreadnoughts catch on so there would have to be some hypothetical war that would involve naval...
  15. The '1936' light fleet carrier or how the 3rd Sea Lord both has his cake....and eats it

    HMS Colossus conducting her speed trials in June 1940 - with the situation in Europe worsening many 'issues' were overlooked in the haste to bring her into service and several of them such as the steering faults where not rectified for several years. One of the ‘ATL Riddles’ that occupies far...
  16. Psmith

    WI Britain pulls a 'Copenhagen' and pre-emptively attacks the Imperial German Navy?

    Apparently in the 1900s the notion of a pre-emptive strike against German ships moored in Kiel and Wilhelmshaven was mooted on more than one occasion by elements in the British Admiralty. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_German_Navy#1897_to_1906_Tirpitz_and_the_Navy_Bills What if the...
  17. AHC: US planes for 1950s Fleet Air Arm

    As we have discussed, UK post-war carrier procurement was deeply flawed. Fiscal constraints bear much of the responsibility but there were clearly poor decisions made. Such as the rebuilding of Victorious and delayed completion of Hermes. Cheaper to build more Audacious class or better still...
  18. WI Falklands war in late 1982

    One of the biggest issues the Royal Navy and the British government had to contend with was the rapidly approaching winter, as attempting to invade during the middle of winter would be far harder than invading when they did which meant thing had to happen very quickly So my question is - what if...
  19. hms malta

    Wi:Blackburn Buccaneer S3

    What impact would the proposed Buccaneer S3 have on the cold war FAA? Would we see the CVA01 built without all the compromises?
  20. Early WW1 British Naval victory. What does the Royal Navy do now.

    Let's say there is an early naval battle (1914 or early 1915) in ww1. Britain suffers 3-4 capital ships lost while the Germans suffer 8-10 losses. Losses in smaller ships also favour the British. Britain sees Germany as navally defeated. What do they do next? Will they cut the Grand Fleet to a...
Top