battle honours

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The names of battles or individual ship actions in which a warship has taken part. They are usually displayed on a board in a prominent place in the ship as a source of pride in her name. In the Royal Navy battle honours are hereditary, and a subsequent ship bearing the same name usually displays the honours gained by her predecessors. This is normal practice in most navies, though in the US Navy, where battle honours are known as battle stars, they are not hereditary.

See also warfare at sea.

See also warfare at sea.

Subjects: Military History — Maritime History.

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