HMS Ajax (1912)

Ajax being painted by her crew in Malta's Grand Harbour, c.1921. Photo in the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

Laid Down
1911
Launched
1912
Commissioned
1913
Decommissioned
1926
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History

One of the four King George V-class dreadnoughts, HMS Ajax was laid down in February, 1911, and completed in twenty-five months. She commissioned on 31 October, 1913, and was part of the Royal Navy contingent at the opening of the Kiel Canal in June, 1914. Operating out of Scapa Flow, Ajax was with the Grand Fleet for the entire War. Ajax only participated in combat during the Battle of Jutland, in which she received no hits, but could not confirm any on the enemy, either. Ajax was transferred to the Mediterranean in June, 1919, and participated in interventions against the Communist Russians, and Turkish Nationalists, carrying the former Sultan of Turkey to Mecca after his dethronement in 1923. Ajax returned home in April, 1924, and was placed in reserve, remaining there until she was decommissioned in October, 1926. She was sold for scrap in December.