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Four ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Resistance. A fifth was planned but never built:
- HMS Resistance (1782) was a 44-gun fifth rate launched in 1782, which blew up on 24 July 1797 in the Strait of Banca, South West Sumatra in an unexplained ammunition explosion.
- HMS Resistance (1801) was a 36-gun fifth rate launched in 1801 and wrecked in 1803.
- HMS Resistance (1805) was a 38-gun fifth rate launched in 1805. She was converted into a troopship in 1842 and was broken up in 1858.
- HMS Resistance (1861) was a Defence-class ironclad launched in 1861. She was used as a target ship from 1885, and was sold in 1898 but foundered in 1899. She was raised and scrapped in 1900.
- HMS Resistance was to have been a Revenge-class battleship. She was ordered in 1914, but was cancelled later that year.