After the loss of Hood, the Royal Navy called in all available ships to locate and engage the Bismarck, including the old R class battleships Ramillies and Revenge. Revenge, sortieing sp? from Halifax was unlikely to encounter the Germans, but Ramillies, breaking off from a convoy in the western Atlantic, might have met Bismarck had she continued south instead of breaking for the French coast. When Ramillies and other ships were ordered into the pursuit, Prince of Wales, Norfolk, and Suffolk were still in contact; another capital ship might have made it feasible to resume the engagement. Still there was the possibility of a one-on-one battle, especially after Bismarck did shake off her pursuers. The Rs were WWI-era ships which had undergone minimal modernization, comparable to Hood in most respects other than speed, most notably the vulnerability to plunging shot at long range. Was the RN really willing to take the chance?