World War II - H41
On the afternoon of Saturday the eighth of June, 1940, the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious and her escorting destroyers HMS Acasta and HMS Ardent were intercepted in the Norwegian Sea by the German battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst. The three British ships were sunk by gunfire in a little over two hours, with the loss of over 1500 officers and men of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and Royal Air Force.
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This HMS Ardent was built by Scott's and launched on the 26th June 1929. With a displacement of 1,350 tons her top speed was 35kts, the ships complement was 138 officers and men.
World War I
The WW I destroyer HMS Ardent was Sunk by gunfire from the German Battle Fleet during the Battle of Jutland on the 1st June 1916 with a loss of 78 lives. The battle of Jutland, also known by the Germans as the Battle of the Skagerrak (Skaggerakschlacht), occurred on 31 May - 1 June 1916, the first and the only fullscale battleship clash during WW I between the German High Seas Fleet and the British Grand Fleet. After an inconclusive encounter both sides claimed victory.
The Torpedo Boat Destroyer HMS Ardent was built by Thornycroft in Chiswick and launched on the 16th October 1894. She is pictured here in Malta. The ships motto was "Death rather than disgrace"
The Torpedo Boat HMS Ardent was attached to the Mediterranean Fleet during the 1890s as tender to the flagship HMS Ramillies, with the idea of being used among other things, for the training of as many as possible of the stokers of the Fleet in the management of water tube boilers. She was a 27 kt torpedo boat destroyer of 250 tons displacement 4,500 horsepower. Her top speed was in excess of her nominal best speed - practically 28 knots and over. The Ardent, to fulfill her special purpose, carried a 12 pounder quick-firing gun forward, mounted above the conning tower, and five 6 pdrs also quick-firers mounted on the broadside and aft, she also had two torpedo tubes, and was manned by 45 officers and men, the ship was boken up in 1911.