Royal Navy Unofficial Gun Tampion – HMS Iron Duke 1912
HMS Iron Duke was a dreadnought battleship of the Royal Navy, the lead ship of her class, named in honour of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
She was built by Portsmouth Dockyard, launched in 1912 and commissioned into the Home Fleet in March 1914 as the fleet flagship
6in Gun Tampion – Unofficial as the badge pre dates the standardisation of all Royal Navy badges that came into effect in 1919
HMS Iron Duke served as the flagship of the Grand Fleet during the First World War, including at the Battle of Jutland. There, she inflicted significant damage on the German battleship SMS König early in the main fleet action. In January 1917, she was relieved as fleet flagship
After the war, HMS Iron Duke operated in the Mediterranean as the flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet. She participated in both the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War in the Black Sea and the Greco-Turkish War.
HMS Iron Duke also assisted in the evacuation of refugees from Smyrna.
In 1926, she was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, where she served as a training ship
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