The First Euryalus a fifth rate 36 gun frigate 1803 - 1850

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The Second Euryalus a fourth rate 51 gun screw frigate 1853 - 1867

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The Third Euryalus a screw driven cruiser 1877 - 1897

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The Fourth Euryalus a Cressy Class armoured cruiser 1901 - 1920

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The Fifth Euryalus C42 Dido Class light cruiser 1941 - 1959

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The Sixth Euryalus F15 Leander Class anti-submarine frigate 1964 - 1989

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The Ships' Crests
Click on a crest below to see a picture of the ship
Circular 
for Battleships, Battlecruisers 
HMS Warspite
HMS Hood
Pentagonal
 for Cruisers
HMS Dido
HMS Devonshire
HMS Warspite HMS Hood HMS Dido HMS Devonshire
Shields 
for Destroyers
HMS Comet
HMS Gurkha
Diamond
 for all other types of ship
HMS Ganges
HMS Otus
HMS Comet HMS Gurkha HMS Ganges HMS Otus

However, during the years that followed, the shapes of badges became mixed and inconsistent on differing types of ship brought about by new ships of the same name taking the badge of their predecessors, albeit of a different type.  This situation meant that there were small ships with big ship badges and vice versa. Even shore Establishments had Destroyer and cruiser shaped badges.  This had been done in order that the master carvings and moulds would not have to be altered, plus the fact that there were a lot of valuable badges that had been held back awaiting passing on to a successor.

This situation prevailed until 1976 when the Ministry of Defence (Navy) decided that the shape of ships badges would again be standardised.  The circular badge would now be used for all H. M. Ships and Submarines - the pentagon for Auxiliary (R.F.A., R.M.A.S., etc.) and the diamond for Shore Establishments.

However, permission was given for existing badge shapes in use to continue in those ships having already been issued with them.  A good example of this was Leander Class Frigates, as many of which had old Cruiser shaped Badges.

Again to avoid the necessity of amending master carvings and moulds which would prove costly and time consuming and even unnecessary in the case of a ship earmarked for disposal in the near future.  In the latter case the badge would be altered only if a new ship of the name came along at a later date.

Because of the 1976 ruling there may be in existence round shaped presentation plaques still available from various manufactures, but the shape of the crest is not important so long as the pictorial design is still the approved one. 

So there you have it, shipmates, we are one Association with one badge - even though we served on two different types of ship.