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Otto Kretschmer (deceased)

Otto Kretschmer was born in May 1912, joining the navy in 1930, and transferring to u-boats in 1936. He was the Watch Officer aboard U-35 from 3rd November 1936 to 30th July 1937. He briefly took command of U-35 after the death of the Captain, Hermann Michahelles, assuming command until 15th August 1937, after which he was Watch Officer once again until 30th September 1937. During this time, U-35 was involved in the Spanish Civil WarHe was in command of U-23 at the outbreak of war in 1939, and had successful patrols with U-23 which included the sinking of HMS Daring, before taking command of U-99 in April 1940. In March 1941, Kretschmer was captured after scuttling U-99 due to damage suffered from depth charges from British destroyer HMS Walker. After his capture, Kretschmer was imprisoned until December 1947. Despite his capture early in the war, Kretschmers total tonnage sunk of over 273 thousand tons was enough to make him the top scoring u-boat Ace of the war. Kretschmer was awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. Otto Kretschmer died 5th August 1998.

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 MS Eagle steams past the commando carrier HMS Albion during the withdrawal from Aden in November 1967. Gathered on Eagles flightdeck are an assortment of contemporary types including Sea Vixens, Scimitars, a Buccaneer and a Fairey Gannet. One of Albions Westland Wessex helicopters is passing overhead and RFA Stromness is at anchor in the distance.

HMS Eagle and HMS Albion by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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 A splendid little war was how John Hay, ambassador to Britain, described the Spanish-American war of 1898. Though the war was small in scope it was large in consequences; it promoted the regeneration of the American Navy and the emergence of the United States as a major world power. Fought primarily at sea, the war created an American naval legend in its opening encounter between the pacific squadrons of Spain and the United States at Manila Bay on the 1st of May 1898. At sunrise Admiral Dewey, leading the American fleet in his flagship the USS Olympia, had caught the Spanish fleet, under Admiral Patricio Montojo, by surprise - still anchored off Sangley Point at Manila Bay in the Philippine Islands. Defeat for the Spanish was total and heralded the end of a once extensive Spanish empire in the Americas. Montojos flagship, Reina Cristina, is seen here under fire from the Olympia.

The Battle of Manila Bay by Anthony Saunders (Y)
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HMS Ark Royal  part of Force H along with the Battleship HMS Renown and Cruiser HMS Sheffield departs Gibraltar to take part in the search for the Bismarck in the Atlantic. During the hunt HMS Ark Royal, Swordfish mistakenly attack the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Sheffiled. Fortunately, the torpedoes were not primed properly and crusier recieived no major damage. Spotter planes from HMS Ark Royal eventually found the Bismarck. and a attack commenced, crippling the Bismarcks rudder. The damage sustained lead to the rest of the Royal Navy surface fleet catching up with the Bismarck and sinking her. HMS ark Royal returns to the mediteranean. later on 13 November 1941: While on her return to Gibraltar in company with the HMS Malaya,  HMS Argus,  and HMS Hermione supported by Seven destroyers,  HMSArk Royal is attacked by the U-81  under the command of Kapitanleutnant Guggenberger  in the Mediterranean., and at 1541, a torpedo strikes the starboard side and the ship immediately takes a 10 degree list. within 20 minutes this list has increased to 18 degrees and Captain Maund orders all only essential crew to remain aboard  with the rest of the crew to abandon ship. Destroyer HMS  Legion under the command of Commander R. S. Jessel comes alongside and takes most of her crew on board, leaving 250 crew and t Captain Maund to try and save the ship but they have to also abndon ship,  and just 14 hours after the torpedo strike HMS Ark Royal  rolls over and sinks.  from the entire crew their was only only one fatality,Able Seaman E. Mitchell was killed.

HMS Ark Royal by Brian Wood (P)
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 USS Coral Sea (CV-43 being replenished by fast combat support ship USS Seattle (DE-3) as two of the carriers compliment of F.4s of VF-111 The Sundowners makes a low pass.

USS Coral Sea by Ivan Berryman (GS)
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 Designed by the great Ernst Heinkel, the diminutive D.1 was an essential stop-gap that provided the Austro-Hungarian pilots with a front line fighter until they were able to re-equip with Albatros scouts in the Summer of 1917. This little aircraft performed well and was generally held in high regard by its pilots, although it did have some shortcomings, namely that forward vision was extremely limited and the Schwarzloses gun was completely concealed in the overwing pod that made it inaccessible in the air. Most unusual of all was its interplane strut arrangement, designed to reduce drag, which gave it the nicknames Starstrutter or Spider. These examples are shown passing above the German cruiser Derfflinger.

Brandenburg D.1 by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
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 Typical of the many hundreds of craft that took part in the 6th June 1944 landings at Normandy at the opening of Operation Overlord, these unarmed Royal Navy Landing Craft (LCAs) bravely transported many thousands of British and Canadian infantry to the beaches under the most intense fire.

Into the Storm by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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The key to Nelsons victories always lay in his meticulous planning and the Battle of Copenghagen was no exception as he used his fleet to first destroy the Danish floating defences so that his bomb vessels could be brought up to bombard the city itself.  The Danes eventually capitulated, but they had fought hard and over 2,000 men had died on both sides before the end of the battle.  In this view, HMS Elephant, carrying the flag of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, dominates the scene as the battle gathers intensity.  British ships depicted, left to right, are the Glatton (54), Elephant (74), Ganges (74) and Monarch (74)

The Battle of Copenhagen, 2nd April 1801 by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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  USS Independence launches multiple aircraft, RA5C Vigilante from the waist cat, and a Crusader from the bow while deployed in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam.

USS Independence by Randall Wilson. (GL)
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 The daylight raid on Tokyo, led by Lt Col James H. Doolittle on Sunday 18 April 1942, has rightfully entered the history books as one of the most daring and courageous operations of the Second World War. On that day, in mid ocean, Doolittle had launched his B-25 Mitchell bomber from the heaving, spray-soaked flight deck of an aircraft carrier, a deck too short to land on, and flown on to bomb Tokyo. He knew there would be no return to the USS Hornet, either for him or the 15 heavily laden B-25s behind him, for this was a feat never before attempted, and for every crew member the mission was a one-way ticket. Yet, under the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle, they all dared to survive. The mission for the 16 bombers was to bomb industrial targets in Tokyo and surrounding areas, to slow production of strategic war material, then fly on to land in the part of south-west China that was still in the hands of friendly Nationalist forces. All being well, the mission would be so unexpected it would plant the first seeds of doubt into enemy minds. It worked – the Japanese were forced to quickly divert hundreds of aircraft, men and equipment away from offensive operations to the defence of their homeland. There was, however, another reason behind the Doolittle's raid – to lift the morale of an American public devastated by the attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. And the success of the mission provided the boost that was needed. If any had doubted America's resolve in the face of uncertainty, the courage, determination and heroism displayed by Lt Col Doolittle and his band of aviators restored their determination. Although it might take years, and the price would be high, America and her allies understood that the fight could, and would, be won. Commissioned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid the painting portrays the dramatic moment that Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle lifts his B-25 off the pitching deck of the USS Hornet. Having timed his launch to perfection he climbs steeply away, ready to adjust his compass bearing for a direct line to Tokyo. On the sodden deck behind him the crews of the remaining 15 aircraft, whose engines are warmed, ready and turning, will quickly follow their commanding officer into the murky sky.

Destination Tokyo by Anthony Saunders.
 Nelson's sailors and marines board the San Nicolas and during heavy hand to hand fighting capture the ship.  Nelson drives HMS Captain onto the Spanish vessel in order that she can be boarded and taken as a prize, the British marines and men scrambling up the Captain's bowsprit to use it as a bridge.  The San Nicolas then fouled the Spanish three-decker San Joseph, allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre.

Boarding the San Nicolas by Chris Collingwood. (P)
 Few ships have been immortalised in art more than HMS Temeraire, a 98-gun veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar and iconic subject of JMW Turner's memorable painting. Although one of the finest paintings ever produced, it is known that Turner's version of this magnificent old ship's voyage to the breaker's yard is pure whimsy, composed to inspire pride and sentiment in equal parts. This painting is, perhaps, a more truthful rendering of the same scene. Here, the mighty Temeraire is reduced to a floating hulk, stripped of her masts, bowsprit and rigging, her bitumen-coated hull gutted of anything useful.  It is 7.30am on 5th September 1838. As the tide is judged to be just right, the steam tugs Sampson and Newcastle, piloted by William Scott and a crew of 25, take up the strain of the Temeraire's 2,121 tons to begin the slow journey from Sheerness to Rotherhithe, where she will be slowly taken to pieces at the yard of John Beatson. Whilst HMS Victory stands today in all her magnificence at Portsmouth, barely a trace of the ship that came to her rescue at Trafalgar exists.

The Temeraire's Last Journey by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Skirmishes between frigates were a common occurrence, such as here when the 32-gun HMS Amphion encountered a French opponent off Cadiz in 1806 the latter, to her great cost, straying among the British inshore squadron in the darkness of a moonless night. It is understood that the French vessel managed to escape being taken as a prize, although with much damage to her whales and rigging.

A Night Action off Cadiz by Ivan Berryman. (PC)


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HMS Agincourt

Launched : 3rd August 1914
HMS Agincourt. Due to the South American rivalry between Brazil, Argentina and Chile, the Brazilian government ordered a battleship from Armstrongs to be called Rio de Janeiro. The design was changed after a change of government to incorporate seven main turrets making this a very long battleship. The design was accepted and laid down in September 1911, but within the year the Brazilian government were looking for another country to buy the battleship and it was eventually sold to Turkey at the beginning of 1914 for 2,725,000. The battleship was to be called Sultan Osman I for the Ottoman empire. The ship was completed when world war one broke out but was not handed over to Turkey by Winston Churchill. The admiralty had been told to delay and slow down the final construction in the months of June and July. The battleship went on a number of sea trials; far more than was expected by the Turkish ffficers and technicians, ending up on the Forth near the railway bridge on 18th July. In the morning the battleship sailed back to the Walker yard arriving. On 27th July the Turkish steamer the Neshid Pasha arrived with the Turkish crew and tied up opposite the battleship. They were given the date of the 2nd of August for the handover, but on the 1st of August a detachment of Sherwood Foresters came marching through the gates with fixed bayonets and went onto the battleship. The Turkish officers knew what was happening and no resistance was met. The Turkish crew who were on board left and boarded the Neshid Pasha, which then sailed from the berth. On August the 3rd the crew of the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert got the signal to proceed to Tyneside for the commissioning of the new battleship. It was to be commanded by captain Nicholson. The battleship joined the 4th battle squadron of the Grand Fleet on the 7th September 1914, transferring to the 1st Battle Squadron in time for the Battle of Jutland, firing 144 rounds from her 12 inch guns at the battle, while receiving no damage or casualties during the action. In 1918 she joined the 2nd Battle Squadron and in 1919 was put on the disposal list. Recommissioned at Rosyth in 1919 as a experimental ship, and finally as a large depot ship with the removal off all main gun turrets except no.1 and 2. All work on the alterations were stopped in 1921, and Agincourt was scrapped in 1922.

Displacement: 27,500 tons and 30,250 tons deep load. Speed: 22knots Range: 4,500 nautical miles at 10 knots Compliment: 1115. Armament Fourteen 12-inch Guns in pairs. Twenty 6-inch Guns, ten 3-inch guns, and two 3-inch guns AA MK1. Three 21inch Torpedo Tubes.

Ex Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Scrapped 19th December 1922.

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On this day in naval history....

18 January

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18thJanuary1890HMS BriskArrived Zanzibar
18thJanuary1890HMS BriskArrived Zanzibar
18thJanuary1890HMS CuracoaArrived Zanzibar
18thJanuary1890HMS CuracoaArrived Zanzibar
18thJanuary1892HMS CanadaSailed Bermuda for Barbados
18thJanuary1892HMS IndefatigableSailed Portsmouth for trials
18thJanuary1893HMS LizardSailed Sydney for Launceston
18thJanuary1897HMS BarfleurAt Suda Bay
18thJanuary1901HMS GladiatorArrived Malta
18thJanuary1915HMS BirkenheadLaunched
18thJanuary1916HMS FiredrakePicked up survivors from Submarine H 06 of the island of Schiermonikoo
18thJanuary1921HMS L52Completed
18thJanuary1925HMS CurlewAt Jamaica
18thJanuary1928HMS EnterpriseSailed Akyab
18thJanuary1932HMS EmeraldSailed Elphinstone Inlet
18thJanuary1933HMS EmeraldArrived Rangoon
18thJanuary1934HMS HoodSailed Arosa Bay for Madeira
18thJanuary1934HMS CornwallSailed Gibraltar
18thJanuary1934HMS HawkinsArrived Singapore
18thJanuary1934HMS HawkinsArrived Singapore
18thJanuary1935HMS ActiveArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS LadybirdSailed Chinkiang
18thJanuary1935HMS BryonyArrived Corfu
18thJanuary1935HMS EskArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS DragonArrived Portsmouth and sailed for Bermuda
18thJanuary1935HMS CairoArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS DaringArrived Hong Kong
18thJanuary1935HMS DuchessSailed Hong Kong
18thJanuary1935HMS EchoArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS ElectraArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS EncounterArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS EscapadeArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS EscortArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS FearlessArrived Plymouth
18thJanuary1935HMS ExmouthArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS HerewardArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS HotspurArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS BridgewaterArrived Kuching
18thJanuary1935HMS EclipseArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS Iron DukeArrived Falmouth
18thJanuary1935HMS LeithArrivied Lyttelton
18thJanuary1935HMS HoodArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS HardyArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS FuriousArrived Malta
18thJanuary1935HMS, HMNZS LeanderArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS DevonshireSailed Constanza
18thJanuary1935HMS HawkinsArrived Bahrein
18thJanuary1935HMS BarhamArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1935HMS CourageousArrived Malta
18thJanuary1935HMS AchillesArrived Arosa Bay
18thJanuary1936HMS ImogenLaid down
18thJanuary1938HMS EnterpriseArrived Nancowry
18thJanuary1939HMS FleetwoodArrived Aden
18thJanuary1939HMS EscapadeArrived Plymouth
18thJanuary1939HMS GrenvilleSailed Palma for Malta
18thJanuary1939HMS BridgewaterSailed Port Elizabeth
18thJanuary1939HMS EgretArrived Malta
18thJanuary1939HMS HoodArrived Portsmouth
18thJanuary1939HMS AjaxSailed Iquique
18thJanuary1939HMS ExeterSailed Antofagasta
18thJanuary1939HMS ExeterSailed Antofagasta
18thJanuary1939HMS ExeterFlagship of Commodore H.H. Harwood
18thJanuary1939HMS DevonshireArrived Palma
18thJanuary1939HMS BerwickArrived Bermuda
18thJanuary1940HMS DuncanArrived Cromarty
18thJanuary1940HMS FleetwoodArrived on the Tyne with Convoy FN.71
18thJanuary1940HMS AshantiAttacked Submarine contact ten miles 72 from North Rona
18thJanuary1940HMS CossackCapt. Philip Louis Vian, RN In Command
18thJanuary1940HMS ImogenArrived at Rosyth from convoy ON.8
18thJanuary1940HMS BedouinSailed Rosyth to provide anti-aircraft protection for the merchant ships at Methil
18thJanuary1940HMS FoxhoundSailed Scapa Flow
18thJanuary1940HMS Foxhound8th Destroyer Flotilla
18thJanuary1940HMS Fury8th Destroyer Flotilla
18thJanuary1940HMS FurySailed Scapa Flow
18thJanuary1940HMS AberdeenJoined Convoy OG.15F
18thJanuary1940HMS EmeraldArrived Halifax
18thJanuary1940HMS DianaSent to investigate a report of a U-boat on the surface west of Lizard Head
18thJanuary1940HMS EchoSailed Methil Escorting a MT convoy to the Tyne
18thJanuary1940HMS EncounterSailed Methil Escorting a MT convoy to the Tyne
18thJanuary1940HMS FameSailed Scapa Flow
18thJanuary1940HMS Fame8th Destroyer Flotilla
18thJanuary1940HMS FearlessSailed Scapa Flow
18thJanuary1940HMS Fearless8th Destroyer Flotilla
18thJanuary1940HMS FiredrakeSailed Scapa Flow
18thJanuary1940HMS Firedrake8th Destroyer Flotilla
18thJanuary1940HMS Forester8th Destroyer Flotilla
18thJanuary1940HMS ForesterSailed Scapa Flow
18thJanuary1940HMS ForesightArrived at Sullom Voe to refuel prior to joining convoy HN.8
18thJanuary1940HMS Foresight8th Destroyer Flotilla
18thJanuary1940HMS ForesightSailed Scapa Flow
18thJanuary1940HMS Fortune8th Destroyer Flotilla
18thJanuary1940HMS FortuneSailed Scapa Flow
18thJanuary1940HMS ExmouthAlongside HMS Duncan to deammunition
18thJanuary1940HMS ExmouthArrived Cromarty
18thJanuary1940HMS GraftonCdr. Cecil Edmund Charles Robinson, RN In Command
18thJanuary1940HMS GreyhoundSailed the Southern terminus escorting Convoy FN.74
18thJanuary1940HMS ImpulsiveArrived Cromarty
18thJanuary1940HMS ImpulsiveReturned to Convoy ON.8
18thJanuary1940HMS BitternArrived on the Tyne with Convoy FN.71
18thJanuary1940HMS EclipseSailed Methil Escorting a MT convoy to the Tyne
18thJanuary1940HMS BrokeDetached Convoy OA.73GF
18thJanuary1940HMS BrokeSent to investigate a report of a U-boat on the surface west of Lizard Head
18thJanuary1940HMS DouglasJoined Convoy OG.15F
18thJanuary1940HMS FoxgloveAttacked a contact north of Alderney in 50-06N, 2-14W
18thJanuary1940HMS LowestoftArrived Malta
18thJanuary1940HMS HoodSailed Scapa Flow
18thJanuary1940HMS EdinburghDropped depth charges on a submarine contact ESE of Sumburgh Head
18thJanuary1940HMS DorsetshireArrived at Port Stanley from Rio de Janiero to escort heavy cruiser Exeter to England
18thJanuary1940HMS DorsetshireArrived Falkland Islands
18thJanuary1940HMS DevonshireAfter undergoing alterations, departed Rosyth for Northern Patrol
18thJanuary1940HMS BerwickAfter undergoing alterations, departed Rosyth for Northern Patrol
18thJanuary1944HMS FraserburghCdr. Herbert Guy Abbott Lewis Assumed Command
18thJanuary1944HMS FraserburghCdr. (retired) Claude Plumer Relinquished Command
18thJanuary1945HMS LibertyCommissioned
18thJanuary1945HMS HoweCapt. H.W.U. McCall in Command
18thJanuary1945HMS HoweArrived Sydney
18thJanuary1947HMS GlasgowArrived Rio de Janeiro
18thJanuary1947HMS GlasgowCapt. C.L. Firth in Command
18thJanuary1949HMS GlasgowArrived Rio de Janeiro
18thJanuary1949HMS GlasgowCapt. C.L. Firth in Command
18thJanuary1964HMS AlbionSailed Rajang River
18thJanuary2002HMS GlasgowPortsmouth
18thJanuary2002HMS BeagleDevonport. Paid off
18thJanuary2002HMS CampbeltownDevonport
18thJanuary2005HMS CumberlandPlymouth Sound
18thJanuary2006HMS GraftonIpswich Farewell to affiliation
18thJanuary2008HMS LancasterDevonport
18thJanuary2008HMS Iron DukePortsmouth

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