ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS , meaning the forefront of an action or movement: Vanguard
English ship was a 31-gun Vanguard (1586) galleon launched in 1586, rebuilt twice and was broken up in 1630, with some parts being reused in the next HMS Vanguard.
HMS was a 56-gun Vanguard (1631) second-rate launched in 1631, active in the Anglo-Dutch Wars, and scuttled in 1667.
HMS was a 90-gun Vanguard (1678) three-decker second-rate launched in 1678, sunk in 1703 but raised in 1704, rebuilt twice and renamed HMS Duke in 1728. She was broken up in 1769.
HMS was a 70-gun Vanguard (1748) third-rate launched in 1748 and sold in 1774.
HMS was a 4-gun gunvessel captured in 1780, purchased in 1781 and sold in 1783. Vanguard (1780)
HMS was a 74-gun third-rate launched in 1787. She became a Vanguard (1787) prison ship in 1812, a powder hulk in 1814 and was broken up in 1821.
HMS was a 78-gun third-rate launched in 1835, renamed HMS Vanguard (1835) Ajax in 1867, and broken up in 1875.
HMS was an Vanguard (1869) Audacious-class ironclad battleship launched in 1869 and sunk in a collision with HMS in 1875. Iron Duke
HMS was a Vanguard (1909) battleship launched in 1909 and sunk in an explosion in 1917. St. Vincent-class
HMS was a Vanguard (23) battleship, the last to be built by the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1944 and broken up in 1960.
HMS is a Vanguard (S28) Vanguard-class ballistic missile submarine launched in 1992 and currently in service.