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Ken Swedberg was serving aboard the vintage 4-stack destroyer USS Ward south of Pearl Harbor on the early morning of December 7th. At 0645, the Ward fired on and sank a Japanese midget submarine trying to enter the anchorage, the first shots of the war.

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The nuclear-powered submarine HMS Repulse (S23) manoeuvres in preparation to berth at HMS Dolphin in Portsmouth harbour in the late 1970s.

HMS Dolphin by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
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Mitsubishi G4Ms of 27 Kanoya Kokutai begin their devastating attack on Force Z off the north east coast of Malaya on 10th December 1941. Both Repulse and prince of Wales were lost in the attack, while their accompanying destroyers remained to pick up survivors among them HMS Express which can be seen off HMS Repulse starboard quarter.

HMS Repulse with HMS Prince of Wales Under Attack by Ivan Berryman
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 The heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire is brought up to sink the blazing wreck of the Bismarck with torpedoes at around 10:30 hours on the morning of May 27th 1941.  The once proud German ship had been ruthlessly pounded into a twisted and burning wreck by the British battleships Rodney and King George V.  HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Maori combed the area of the sinking for survivors, between them picking up a total of 110 out of an original complement of 2,300.

HMS Dorsetshire by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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HMS Illustrious slips quietly away from the docks at Devonport, Plymouth with the Fiji class cruiser in the middle distance, 1941.

HMS Illustrious and HMS Kenya at Devonport by Ivan Berryman (P)
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A pair of 272 Squadron Bristol Beaufighters roar over the extensively rebuilt battleship HMS Valiant as she lies at anchor at Alexandria late in 1941, accompanied by the cruiser HMS Phoebe and Valiants sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth (in the extreme distance)

HMS Valiant and HMS Phoebe at Alexandria, 1941 by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 During a patrol on 6th July 1918, Christiansen spotted a British submarine on the surface of the Thames Estuary. He immediately turned and put his Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 floatplane into an attacking dive, raking the submarine C.25 with machine gun fire, killing the captain and five other crewmen. This victory was added to his personal tally, bringing his score to 13 kills by the end of the war, even though the submarine managed to limp back to safety. Christiansen survived the war and went on to work as a pilot for the Dornier company, notably flying the giant Dornier Do.X on its inaugural flight to New York in 1930. He died in 1972, aged 93.

Kapitanleutnant zur See Friedrich Christiansen by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 Launched on 3rd November 1986 and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 14th January 1989, HMS Trenchant (S91) was the fifth of the Trafalgar class nuclear powered submarines and was the first Royal Navy vessel to fire the Block IV Tomahawk cruise missile.  In addition to her complement of missiles, she is also equipped with Spearfish torpedoes and some of the most sophisticated data acquisition and underwater detection systems which allow her to monitor surface vessels undetected.

HMS Trenchant by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Arguably the most iconic moment in British naval history, <i>HMS Victory</i> is depicted just moments from firing her devastating opening salvo into the stern galleries of the French flagship </i>Bucentaure</i> at Trafalgar as Nelson's flagship enters the fray at approximately 12.30pm on October 21st 1805.  Beyond <i>Victory</i>, in the extreme distance through the gun smoke, Collingwood's <i>Royal Sovereign</i>is engaging the <i>Santa Ana</i>.  To the left of the painting, the French <i>Neptune</i> and Spanish <i>San Justo</i> can be seen with <i>Redoutable</i> immediately beyond <i>Victory</i>, trying vainly to close the gap.  <i>Victory</i>, already shot to pieces, is about to wreak her terrible revenge on the <i>Bucentaure</i> in the foreground where Vice-Admiral Villeneuve can be seen on the poop deck - wearing the green corduroy pantaloons.  Nelson was surely the nemesis of Villeneuve, who had been summarily humiliated some seven years earlier at the Battle of the Nile and Nelson's tactics would again win the day for His Majesty's navy, albeit at the tragic cost of Nelson himself.

Nemesis by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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 The surviving soldiers mustered and awaited their officers' orders. Salmond ordered Colonel Seton to send men to the chain pumps; sixty were directed to this task, sixty more were assigned to the tackles of the lifeboats, and the rest were assembled on the poop deck in order to raise the forward part of the ship.  The women and children were placed in the ship's cutter, which lay alongside. Two other boats were manned, but one was immediately swamped and the other could not be launched due to poor maintenance and paint on the winches, leaving only three boats available. The two large boats, with capacities of 150 men each, were not among them.The surviving officers and men assembled on deck, where Lieutenant-Colonel Seton of the 74th Foot took charge of all military personnel and stressed the necessity of maintaining order and discipline to his officers. As a survivor later recounted: 'Almost everybody kept silent, indeed nothing was heard, but the kicking of the horses and the orders of Salmond, all given in a clear firm voice.' Ten minutes after the first impact, the engines still turning astern, the ship struck again beneath the engine room, tearing open her bottom. She instantly broke in two just aft of the mainmast. The funnel went over the side and the forepart of the ship sank at once. The stern section, now crowded with men, floated for a few minutes before sinking.Just before she sank, Salmond called out that 'all those who can swim jump overboard, and make for the boats'. Colonel Seton, however, recognising that rushing the lifeboats would risk swamping them and endangering the women and children, ordered the men to stand fast, and only three men made the attempt. The cavalry horses were freed and driven into the sea in the hope that they might be able to swim ashore.The soldiers did not move, even as the ship broke up barely 20 minutes after striking the rock. Some of the soldiers managed to swim the 2 miles (3.2 km) to shore over the next 12 hours, often hanging on to pieces of the wreck to stay afloat, but most drowned, died of exposure, or were killed by sharks.<br><br><i>'I remained on the wreck until she went down; the suction took me down some way, and a man got hold of my leg, but I managed to kick him off and came up and struck out for some pieces of wood that were on the water and started for land, about two miles off. I was in the water about five hours, as the shore was so rocky and the surf ran so high that a great many were lost trying to land. Nearly all those that took to the water without their clothes on were taken by sharks; hundreds of them were all round us, and I saw men taken by them close to me, but as I was dressed (having on a flannel shirt and trousers) they preferred the others. I was not in the least hurt, and am happy to say, kept my head clear; most of the officers lost their lives from losing their presence of mind and trying to take money with them, and from not throwing off their coats.'</i><br>- Letter from Lieutenant J.F. Girardot, 43rd Light Infantry, to his father, 1 March 1852<br><br>The sinking of the Birkenhead is the earliest maritime disaster evacuation during which the concept of 'women and children first' is known to have been applied. 'Women and children first' subsequently became standard procedure in relation to the evacuation of sinking ships, both in fiction and in real life. The synonymous 'Birkenhead drill' became an exemplar of courageous behaviour in hopeless circumstances, and appeared in Rudyard Kipling's 1893 tribute to the Royal Marines, 'Soldier an' Sailor Too':<br><br><i>To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about,<br>Is nothing so bad when you've cover to 'and, an' leave an' likin' to shout;<br>But to stand an' be still to the Birken'ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew,<br>An' they done it, the Jollies -- 'Er Majesty's Jollies -- soldier an' sailor too!<br>Their work was done when it 'adn't begun; they was younger nor me an' you;<br>Their choice it was plain between drownin' in 'eaps an' bein' mopped by the screw,<br>So they stood an' was still to the Birken'ead drill, soldier an' sailor too</i>

The Wreck of the Birkenhead 1852 by Charles Dixon. (B)
 The mainstay of the Royal Navy's Coastal Forces fleet from 1941, the 72-foot Vosper MTBs were among the fastest and most successful ever built. With their three Packard 1400hp engines and bigger fuel tanks, these boats could reach speeds of up to 39 knots with a maximum range of 400 miles. Armament varied from boat to boat, but those depicted are fitted with the standard 21-inch torpedo tubes and a twin .5 inch MkV Vickers machine gun mounting. Crew was typically two officers and eleven ratings.

On the Step by Ivan Berryman.
 In January 1941, the young Mario Arillo was appointed the rank of Lieutenant Commander, placed in charge of the Regia Marina's submarine <i>Ambra</i> and was dispatched to the Mediterranean to help disrupt supplies to the Allied forces.  In May of that same year, Arillo attacked the British Dido Class Cruiser <i>HMS Bonaventure</i>, and Destroyers <i>HMS Hereward</i> and <i>HMS Stuart</i>, south of Crete, en route from Alexandria, the cruiser <i>Bonaventure</i> being sunk with great loss of life.  The <i>Ambra</i> is depicted here in a calmer moment, two of her crew scanning the horizon for 'business'.

Hunter's Dusk by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Under the command of Gianfranco Gazzana-Priaroggia, the Regia Marina submarine Leonardo da Vinci was to become the most successful non-German submarine of World War Two.  On 21st April 1943, she encountered the liberty ship SS John Drayton which was returning, unladen, to Capetown from Bahrain and put two torpedoes into her before surfacing to finish her off with shells.  The deadly reign of terror wrought by the combination of Gazzana-Priaroggia and his submarine came to an end just one month later when the Leonardo da Vinci was sunk by HMS Active and HMS Ness off Cape Finistere.

Scourge of the Deep - Leonardo da Vinci by Ivan Berryman. (PC)


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HMS King George V

Launched : 21st February 1939
HMS King George V launched on the 21st February 1939. Served in the Home fleet between 1939 to 1943 during this time took part in the pursuit of Bismarck in May 1941, and operated on the Murmansk Convoy run. Operated in 1943 with Force H. In July 1944, HMS King George V underwent a long refit, and in the autumn of 1944, went to the Pacific theatre to operate with the US Navy. In 1946 HMS King George V went into Reserve Fleet, and on the 20th January 1958 was scrapped at Dalmuir and Troon. Displacement: 35,000 Speed: 28.0kt Complement: 1,553 - 1,558 Armament: Ten 14 - inch guns, Sixteen 5.25 inch guns, forty-eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns.

Scrapped 25th May 1959.

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On this day in naval history....

20 February

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20thFebruary1911HMS CornwallSailed Malta
20thFebruary1913HMS GarryCdr O.J. Prentis in Command
20thFebruary1913HMAS AustraliaArrived Plymouth
20thFebruary1913HMS BasiliskLt. E.A. Homan in Command
20thFebruary1919HMS Emperor of IndiaArrived Portsmouth
20thFebruary1922HMS DanaeSailed Pollensa Bay
20thFebruary1922HMS DauntlessSailed Pollensa Bay
20thFebruary1922HMS DelhiSailed Pollensa Bay
20thFebruary1922HMS DunedinSailed Pollensa Bay
20thFebruary1933HMS DanaeSailed Belize
20thFebruary1934HMS BeeArrived Wuhu
20thFebruary1934HMS CockchaferArrived Wuhu
20thFebruary1934HMS DragonSailed Grenada for Georgetown
20thFebruary1934HMS CairoSailed Algiers for Gibraltar
20thFebruary1934HMS CairoComm. G.H. D'O Lyon in Command
20thFebruary1934HMS CairoSailed Algiers
20thFebruary1934HMS CalcuttaCommissioned at Chatham for Trooping Service
20thFebruary1934HMS CalcuttaCapt. Eustace Rotherham Assumed Command
20thFebruary1934HMS CuracoaArrived Dover
20thFebruary1934HMS KempenfeltArrived St. Kitts from St. Vincent
20thFebruary1934HMS CrescentArrived St. Kitts from St. Vincent
20thFebruary1934HMS CrescentArrived Montserrat and sailed for St. Kitts
20thFebruary1934HMS CrusaderArrived Antigua and sailed for St. Kitts
20thFebruary1934HMS CrusaderArrived St. Kitts from St. Vincent
20thFebruary1934HMS CygnetArrived St. Kitts from St. Vincent
20thFebruary1934HMS CygnetSailed Dominica for St. Kitts
20thFebruary1934HMS LaburnumSailed Russell
20thFebruary1934HMS LaburnumArrived Whangaroa
20thFebruary1934HMS HoodSailed Tangier
20thFebruary1934HMS ExeterSailed Mar del Plata for the Falkland Islands
20thFebruary1934HMS KentArived Colombo
20thFebruary1935HMS HawkinsSailed Malta
20thFebruary1939HMS AjaxSailed Huacho
20thFebruary1940HMS IntrepidSailed Rosyth for Scapa Flow to operate under the Orkneys and Shetlands Command.
20thFebruary1940HMS IvanhoeSailed Rosyth for Scapa Flow to operate under the Orkneys and Shetlands Command.
20thFebruary1940HMS EskJoined Convoy FS.100 at Humber for passage to Portsmouth
20thFebruary1940HMS AcastaDetached Convoy OA.94
20thFebruary1940HMS EchoArrived at Leith for refitting.
20thFebruary1940HMS ElectraSailed Kirkwall escorting Convoy ON.14
20thFebruary1940HMS EscapadeSailed Kirkwall escorting Convoy ON.14
20thFebruary1940HMS EscortSailed Kirkwall escorting Convoy ON.14
20thFebruary1940HMS ExpressJoined Convoy FS.100 at Humber for passage to Portsmouth
20thFebruary1940HMS GallantSailed Rosyth for Scapa Flow to operate under the Orkneys and Shetlands Command.
20thFebruary1940HMS GriffinSailed Rosyth for Scapa Flow to operate under the Orkneys and Shetlands Command.
20thFebruary1940HMS HerewardDetached Convoy HX.20 and returned to Halifax
20thFebruary1940HMS L23Depth charged by a German destroyer off the Danish coast
20thFebruary1940HMS EclipseSailed Kirkwall escorting Convoy ON.14
20thFebruary1940HMS FoxgloveArrived Brest with Convoy SA.30
20thFebruary1940HMS EgretAttacked a submarine contact seven miles 290 from Flamborough Head
20thFebruary1940HMS EgretSailed Rosyth escorting Convoy MT.15
20thFebruary1940HMS EdinburghSailed Scapa Flow
20thFebruary1940HMS EdinburghAttacked a submarine contact east of Copinsay
20thFebruary1940HMS ArethusaSailed Scapa Flow
20thFebruary1940HMS DevonshireArrived Greenock
20thFebruary1940HMS IlexDamaged at Rosyth while berthing alongside HMS Sikh
20thFebruary1941HMS H32Lt. B.C. Heslop in Command
20thFebruary1945HMS CarysfortCompleted
20thFebruary1946HMS JutlandPennant L16
20thFebruary1946HMS JutlandLaunched
20thFebruary1946HMS BermudaSailed Sydney
20thFebruary1955HMS Loch KillisportAt Chatham
20thFebruary1956HMS Loch AlvieArrived Quilon
20thFebruary1956HMS EastbourneExplosion while fitting out at Newcastle upon Tyne
20thFebruary1967HMS HermesCompleted SMP at Gibraltar
20thFebruary2002HMS CumberlandDevonport
20thFebruary2004HMS InvernessOban
20thFebruary2004HMS CardiffDevonport
20thFebruary2004HMS GraftonGibraltar
20thFebruary2004HMS ArgyllDevonport
20thFebruary2006HMS CumberlandPlymouth Sound
20thFebruary2008HMS LancasterSpithead

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