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J.J. Colledge was a British naval historian and author of Ships of the Royal Navy, the standard work on the fighting ships of the British Royal Navy from the 15th century to the 20th century. He wrote Warships of World War Two with H. Trevor Lenton, listing Royal and Commonwealth warships. Ben Warlow was born and educated in Devonport, entering the Navy through Dartmouth in 1957. After training in the frigate VIGILANT and destroyer CARRON, he served in the cruiser GAMBIA, fast patrol boat BOLD PATHFINDER, cruiser TIGER, frigates TENBY, EASTBOURNE, RHYL and AJAX, and then the Commando carrier BULWARK. After spells in training establishments and on various staffs he returned to sea in Naval Parties, firstly in the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 for the Falklands War, and then in RFA RELIANT (a trial mercantile helicopter carrier) for operations off the Lebanon. Afterwards he was at the Fleet Headquarters at Northwood for almost eight years as one of the Operations Room Officers. In all he served in the Navy for over 40 years, spending more than half of that time at sea. Such a wide-ranging career has furthered his interest in ships and the sea. He has compiled several books about ships and the Navy, and also written the definitive reference books on Royal Naval Battle Honours and on Shore establishments, as well as writing a history of the Supply and Secretariat (Logistic) Branch of the Navy. For many years he has also been the Editor of, and written articles for, the magazine Warship World.


.... provides the reader with a historical index of every RN ship to date...... an excellent comprehensive reference tool. * Ships Monthly *
An amazing and immensely valuable work of dedicated and persistent research. * Baird Maritime *
This important reference book, giving the fundamentals for each ship, and helping to distinguish ships of the same name should be in any collection supporting British and Commonwealth Naval researchers. * FGS Forum * remains the first port of call for those wanting information on any British warship from the fifteenth century to the present day.. This new volume is highly recommended. * Maritime News *

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