HMS Drake was the lead ship of her class of armoured cruisers built for the Royal Navy around 1900. She was assigned to several different cruiser squadrons in home waters upon completion, sometimes as flagship, until 1911 when she became the flagship of the Australia Station. Upon her return home, she was assigned to the 6th Cruiser Squadron of the 2nd Fleet and became the squadron's flagship when the fleet was incorporated into the Grand Fleet upon the outbreak of the First World War.
14 Feb 39: The great German battleship BISMARCK is launched, the most powerful ship in the Kriegsmarine. In the course of her short career, the Bismarck will conduct only one offensive operation, during which on 24 May 41 she will engage and destroy the battlecruiser HMS Hood, the pride of the Royal Navy. A relentless pursuit will find, cripple and destroy the Bismark three days later. #WWII #History