Spithead fleet reviews down the years | Nostalgia

Because of the need for a natural large, sheltered and deep anchorage, UK fleet reviews have usually been held at Spithead, although Southend, Torbay, the Firth of Clyde and some overseas ports have also hosted reviews.

Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 6:45 pm
HMS Indomitable lit up for the coronation fleet review at Spithead in 1953. Picture: Avaon Davies
HMS Indomitable lit up for the coronation fleet review at Spithead in 1953. Picture: Avaon Davies

We think the first was in June 1346 before Edward III sailed to war with France.

Today we look back at some more recent ones. Click here to see all the pictures in this gallery.

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The fleet lit up by the fireworks display for the coronation fleet review at Spithead in 1953. Picture: Avaon Davies.

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The royal yacht Victoria and Albert at the start of the jubilee fleet review at Spithead in July 1935.
A view from the beach of part of the 1914 fleet review which contained 59 battleships.
Some of the 35 submarines tied up at Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, for a fleet review in 1908. Picture: Costen.co.uk.