Royal Naval Fleet and Manpower


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Does anyone have an online reference for the relative number of ships/Manpower for the last few decades. I have been googling away but not really finding the sort of thing I want.
A breakdown of ships by type would be good.


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I'm sure I read in Navy News recently that the strength of the RN in 1966 or so was 70,000 men, don't know if that helps.


We were told in the fifties that there were 100,000 men in the Navy and 150,000 civilians working for the Admiralty


Janner, try "Janes" at your local library. I have dug out some figures that may be of interest. Totals do not in clude WRNS, RMs, or reservists.

1962 100,000----------1968 100,500----------1977 64,600
1963 100,000----------1969 98,000-----------1979 61,000
1964 100,000----------1970 95,500-----------1981 63,300
1965 103,000----------1971 89,000-----------1982 62,500
1966 104,000----------1972 87,000
1967 103,000----------1973 83,000

Keep Striving.


Desk is like a tip! Just found two more figures. 1985 63,400 and 1987 59,200.

New Years resolution, tidy my desk!!

Keep Striving.
Old copies of Whitaker's Almanacs have the strength of the RN in, by ship name, manpower and Admirals, every year. At my parents' house I have 1986, 1990, and a few others, but the closest to hand is 2001 (which is probably too recent for you). Even small municipal libraries have back copies of Whitakers, thats a good place to start.

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