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Horst Joachim Joth

Born 27th March 1926, Joachim Joth joined the German Navy in 1943. In 1944 after training was transferred to U-546 on Atlantic operations. This U-boat was hunted by both US and British destroyers and aircraft carriers until the U-boat was sunk on 24th April 1945 with the loss of 26 men. Joachim Joth was picked up and taken prisoner of war. He spent the rest of 1945 in a POW camp in Mississippi.

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 Type 42 HMS Southampton (D90), Type 22 Beaver (F93), Type 42 Manchester (D95) and Type 21 Amazon (F169) formate during a World cruise on which they visited 17 countries in 9 months.

Around the World by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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The assault ship HMS Fearless is shown dispatching her assault craft in San Carlos Water during the Falklands conflict of 1982. HMS Argonaut lies at anchor to her starboard with HMS Antrim in the extreme distance.

HMS Fearless by Ivan Berryman.
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B64AP.  HMS Centaur Departing Devonport by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Centaur Departing Devonport by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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 Avery and his vessel the Fancy being a ship of 46 guns and 150 men set sail in 1695 bound for Madagascar. On the way the fancy caught up with and captured the Ganj-i-Sawai, owned by the Great Mogul himself. Its name means Exceeding Treasure and the treasure it yielded surpassed anything yet seen in the history of piracy. Long Ben became the pirates pirate.

Captain Henry Long Ben Avery by Chris Collingwood. (GL)
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 The mighty German battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz operated together for only 6 hours on the 18th May 1941.

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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 (GS)
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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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HMS Prince of Wales is shown firing on the Bismarck and in the background a huge black cloud is all that is left of HMS Hood.

HMS Prince of Wales by Brian Wood. (B)
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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 Benbow

Launched : 12th November 1913
HMS Benbow was completed in 1914, built by Beardmore (launched 12th November 1913). On 10th December 1914 she joined the Grand Fleet serving with the 4th Battle squadron. She was the flagship to Admiral Douglas Gamble until he was replaced in February 1915 by Sir Doveton Sturdee. During the Battle of Jutland she suffered no damage. After the war she served from 1919 in the Mediterranean providing gun fire support to the white Russians in the Black Sea until 1920. She remained in the Mediterranean until 1926 joining the Atlantic fleet for the next three years until 1929 when she was paid off and scrapped in March 1931.
Compliment 589. Armament 6 13.5 inch Guns (3 x 2 ) and 12 6-inch Guns . Machinery 4-shaft Turbines, S.H.P 31,000 giving a top speed of 21.25 knots this was reduced to 18 knots with mutilated boiler power. Displacement 21,250 tons.

Scrapped March 1931

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On this day in naval history....

16 December

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16thDecember1895HMS HardyLaunched
16thDecember1902HMS CumberlandLaunched
16thDecember1903HMS GleanerPaid off at Chatham
16thDecember1912HMS E12Laid down
16thDecember1914HMS ConquerorParticipated in the Scarborough Raid
16thDecember1914HMS AcastaParticipated in the Scarborough Raid
16thDecember1914HMS BirminghamParticipated in the Scarborough Raid
16thDecember1914HMS FalmouthParticipated in the Scarborough Raid
16thDecember1914HMS ForwardParticipated in the Scarborough Raid
16thDecember1914HMS AntrimParticipated in the Scarborough Raid
16thDecember1914HMS ArgyllParticipated in the Scarborough Raid
16thDecember1914HMS DevonshireParticipated in the Scarborough Raid
16thDecember1914HMS AjaxParticipated in the Scarborough Raid
16thDecember1914HMS CenturionParticipated in the Scarborough Raid
16thDecember1914HMS LionParticipated in the Scarborough Raid
16thDecember1914HMS HardyParticipated in the Scarborough Raid
16thDecember1919HMS BuryArrived Suthampton
16thDecember1919HMS DonovanArrived Plymouth
16thDecember1925HMS CalliopeArrived Malta
16thDecember1928HMS EffinghamSailed Abadan
16thDecember1929HMS HawkinsSailed Chatham for Sheerness
16thDecember1930HMS EffinghamArrived Sir Bu Nasir Island
16thDecember1931HMS EmeraldSailed Henjam
16thDecember1931HMS EmeraldArrived Basidu
16thDecember1931HMS LupinArrived Gibraltar
16thDecember1932HMS HawkinsSailed Shajah
16thDecember1933HMS ColomboSailed Henjam
16thDecember1934HMS DuncanCapt. Harold Tom Baillie-Grohman Relinquished Command
16thDecember1934HMS CaledonPassed Gibraltar
16thDecember1934HMS LupinArrived Muscat
16thDecember1934HMS BerwickArrived Aden
16thDecember1936HMS GalateaSailed Palma
16thDecember1938HMS Ark RoyalCommissioned
16thDecember1938HMS BoadiceaLt.Cdr. George Bodley Kingdon, RN In Command
16thDecember1939HMS FleetwoodCompleted refit at Dundee and joined Convoy C
16thDecember1939HMS HostileSailed Pernambuco for the River Plate
16thDecember1939HMS DiomedeArrived Scapa Flow via Loch Ewe
16thDecember1939HMS ArdentJoined Convoy HX.11
16thDecember1939HMS CeresArrived Scapa Flow
16thDecember1939HMS CeresArrived in Scapa Flow, departed the same day
16thDecember1939HMS AntelopeArrived Liverpool with Convoy OG.9
16thDecember1939HMS EscortAttacked contact off Buchan Ness in 57-26N, 1-45W
16thDecember1939HMS EscortAttacked Contact in 57-26N, 01-45W
16thDecember1939HMS HeroSailed Pernambuco for the River Plate
16thDecember1939HMS JanusSailed Grimsby for Scapa Flow
16thDecember1939HMS JervisSailed Grimsby for Scapa Flow
16thDecember1939HMS JunoSailed Grimsby for Scapa Flow
16thDecember1939HMS BitternSailed Southend escorting Convoy FS.55
16thDecember1939HMS EclipsePicked up survivors from Swedish steamer Lister
16thDecember1939HMS DouglasSailed Gibraltar escorting Convoy HG.11
16thDecember1939HMS EnchantressDetached from Convoy OA.53
16thDecember1939HMS EgretArrived Freetown
16thDecember1939HMS HoodWas 300 miles west of Malin Head at 0730 covering arriving Canadian Troop Convoy TC.1.
16thDecember1939HMS HardySailed Pernambuco for the River Plate
16thDecember1939HMS ExeterArrived Falkland Islands. Badly damaged by Graf Spee
16thDecember1939HMS BarhamWas 300 miles west of Malin Head at 0730 covering arriving Canadian Troop Convoy TC.1.
16thDecember1939HMS BasiliskRelieved HMS Brazen escorting Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Woolwich
16thDecember1939HMS BrazenSailed Portsmouth escorting Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Woolwich
16thDecember1939HMS IcarusPicked up survivors from Glitrefjell
16thDecember1940HMS FijiCapt. P B R W William-Powlett in Command
16thDecember1942HMS FiredrakeSunk
16thDecember1944HMS ContestLaunched
16thDecember1944HMS ContestPennant R12
16thDecember1944HMS Loch GlendhuLt.Cdr. Edric Guy Philip Bromfield Knapton, RN Assumed Command
16thDecember1944HMS Loch GlendhuLt.Cdr. Edric Guy Philip Bromfield Knapton, RN Assumed Command
16thDecember1948HMS AberdeenSold
16thDecember1950HMS GravelinesAnswered a distress call by the Bank Line Steamer Etivebank
16thDecember1955HMS Loch AlvieArrived Addu Atoll
16thDecember1955HMS Loch AlvieSailed Addu Atoll
16thDecember1955HMS AbbotshamLaunched
16thDecember1957HMS GambiaArrived Aden
16thDecember1962HMS Ark RoyalArrived Devonport from the Far East
16thDecember1964HMS DanaeLaid down at Devonport
16thDecember1971HMS HubberstonArrived Port Edgar
16thDecember2002HMS GrimsbyPortsmouth
16thDecember2003HMS GuernseyPortsmouth
16thDecember2003HMS LancasterPortsmouth
16thDecember2004HMS Iron DukeLisbon
16thDecember2004HMS CampbeltownGibraltar
16thDecember2005HMS CampbeltownDevonport
16thDecember2007HMS Iron DukePortsmouth
16thDecember2007HMS CornwallPlymouth Sound

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