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In this rare and previously unpublished photo, dated April 1941, HMS Rover is seen in Souda Bay, Crete.

In this rare and previously unpublished photo, dated April 1941, HMS Rover is seen in Souda Bay, Crete.

British Grand Fleet sailing from Scapa Flow for the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916

British Grand Fleet sailing from Scapa Flow for the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916

June 6, 1944, "the longest day" of the Second World War . Finally, Operation Overlord begins. Men, ships, tanks and planes land on the beaches of Normandy to liberate France from Nazi dictatorship. Many rehearsals were needed to organize the operation (as in photo). © Regional Council of Basse-Normandie / National Archives USA

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June 6, 1944, "the longest day" of the Second World War . Finally, Operation Overlord begins. Men, ships, tanks and planes land on the beaches of Normandy to liberate France from Nazi dictatorship. Many rehearsals were needed to organize the operation (as in photo). © Regional Council of Basse-Normandie / National Archives USA

Posted by - John Currin - HMS Dundas was a Blackwood-class anti-submarine warfare frigate of the Royal Navy,

Posted by - John Currin - HMS Dundas was a Blackwood-class anti-submarine warfare frigate of the Royal Navy,

H.M.S Belfast and H.M.S Sheffield

H.M.S Belfast and H.M.S Sheffield

MaritimeQuest - HMS Falmouth F-113

MaritimeQuest - HMS Falmouth F-113

On 6 June 1944, HMS Belfast was the flagship of Bombardment Force E, supporting troops landing at Gold and Juno beaches. Her first target was the German gun battery at La Marefontaine. As a result of HMS Belfast’s bombardment, the battery played no meaningful role in the defence of the beaches.

On 6 June 1944, HMS Belfast was the flagship of Bombardment Force E, supporting troops landing at Gold and Juno beaches. Her first target was the German gun battery at La Marefontaine. As a result of HMS Belfast’s bombardment, the battery played no meaningful role in the defence of the beaches.

May 24th Focus: HMS Faulknor. She went west into the Atlantic to chase the Bismarck in May, 1941 and escorted convoys and acted against blockade runners in the Bay of Biscay.

May 24th Focus: HMS Faulknor. She went west into the Atlantic to chase the Bismarck in May, 1941 and escorted convoys and acted against blockade runners in the Bay of Biscay.

On 8th September, 1940, two cruisers (including the light cruiser HMS Aurora shown in the photo) and ten destroyers swept along the French coast and bombarded Boulogne harbour. In a separate operation, 3 Motor Torpedo Boats attacked a convoy of small vessels off Ostend; two of the MTBs then entered the harbour and torpedoed two transport ships.

On 8th September, 1940, two cruisers (including the light cruiser HMS Aurora shown in the photo) and ten destroyers swept along the French coast and bombarded Boulogne harbour. In a separate operation, 3 Motor Torpedo Boats attacked a convoy of small vessels off Ostend; two of the MTBs then entered the harbour and torpedoed two transport ships.

HMS GRIFFIN (H31) 1935, was a G-class destroyer, built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1930s. In WW II she took part in the Norwegian Campaign of April–May 1940 and the Battle of Dakar in Sept. before being transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet in Nov. Took part in the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941 and the evacuations of Greece and Crete in April–May 1941.was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy on 1 March 1943.The ship, now renamed HMCS OTTAWA.

HMS GRIFFIN (H31) 1935, was a G-class destroyer, built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1930s. In WW II she took part in the Norwegian Campaign of April–May 1940 and the Battle of Dakar in Sept. before being transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet in Nov. Took part in the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941 and the evacuations of Greece and Crete in April–May 1941.was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy on 1 March 1943.The ship, now renamed HMCS OTTAWA.

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