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The HMS Ajax & River Plate Veteran's Association has a close relationship with the HMS Exeter River Plate Veterans and Families Association and should you wish to contact the Secretary, Jim Smith, please complete the Contact Us form

Newsletter back copies available to Association Members on members page.


The Association's 75th Anniversary Battle of the River Plate luncheon will be held at the Royal Beach Hotel in Portsmouth on Saturday 13th December 2014 - exactly 75 years after the Battle.
Full details can be found here 75th Anniversary Lunch


D-Day 70th Anniversary

We should not forget the part HMS Ajax and her crew played in the D-Day landings. She left the Clyde on 4th June and by the 6th she was off Gold Beach, Normandy coast, ready for the D-Day assault. Ajax was the first ship to open fire on D-Day and within eight minutes had destroyed her first target, a battery of 5.9 inch guns at Longues, at a range of 12,000 yards – she fired 114 six inch shells with direct hits through two of the 5.9 inch gun ports of the three guns. She returned to Portsmouth on the 9th.
One of our Association members, Richard Llewellyn, was featured in the BBC 1 series of programmes D-Day 70 Heroes Remembered in which he gives a wonderful account of his experiences on that day from the diary he kept. The programme, Episode 2, was screened on 3rd June at 9.15 a.m. and can be viewed through BBC iPlayer

Ajax at D Day

HMS Ajax in action D Day

June 2014

Members of the Association visited Ajax Ontario on 10th June for one week having been invited by the Mayor for an official visit as part of the 75th Anniversary events - more details here

12th April 2014

The Dedication & Unveiling of The Battle of the River Plate Memorial took place at the National Memorial Arboretum and a report of the day can be found here


www.hmsajaxatcrete.com.au is a website developed by one of our members and covers Ajax's time in The Mediterranean, particularly The Battle for Crete in May 1941.

Hamilton Painting

The above painting, signed by John Hamilton, is of Ajax & Achilles in action against the Graf Spee at The Battle of the River Plate.
It is currently being offered for sale by Barry Marshall in the USA and he can be contacted at marshall850@hotmail.com.
With the painting are notes by Rear Admiral Everett who was the Commander of HMS Exeter at the Battle.
The painting has been valued at $US8000 to $US10000 although all reasonable offers would be considered.

The offer to advertise the painting on this website does not imply any affiliation with the seller or endorse the provenance of the painting.