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In December 1940 HMS Kenya was deployed as a unit of the Covering Forces to the North Atlantic convoys. In May 1941 Kenya was a unit of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet, based at Scapa Flow, and was involved in covering force duties and the hunt for the German battleship Bismarck. On June 3rd the German supply tanker Belchen which was supplying U-93 in the Davis Straits, was surprised and sunk by the cruisers Kenya and HMS Aurora.

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DHM1736GL. HMAS Perth, Suez Canal by Randall Wilson.
HMAS Perth, Suez Canal by Randall Wilson. (GL)
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GIFP0992GS. The Day After the Battle of Trafalgar by Richard Spencer.
The Day After the Battle of Trafalgar by Richard Spencer. (GS)
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GIJL2087GL.  The Capture of the Spanish Treasure Ships off Cadiz by Francis Sartorious.
The Capture of the Spanish Treasure Ships off Cadiz by Francis Sartorious (GL)
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The English fleet pursued the Armada up the English Channel and, as darkness fell, Vice Admiral Drake broke off and captured the Spanish galleon Rosario, Admiral Pedro de Valdes and the crew.  The Rosario was known to be carrying substantial funds to pay the Spanish Army in the Low Countries.  Drakes ship had been leading the English pursuit of the Armada by means of a lantern.  By extinguishing this for the capture, Drake put the fleet into disarray overnight.  On the night of 29th July 1588, Vice Admiral Drake organised fire-ships, causing most of the Spanish captains to break formation and sail out of Calais . The next day, Drake was present at the Battle of Gravelines.  English losses were comparatively few, and none of their ships were sunk.

Grenvilles Revenge by Brian Wood.
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 The largest and fastest of all the ships that took part in the Battle of Jutland, the elegant battle cruiser HMS Tiger was launched in 1913 and is easily recognisable by the unusual position of Q turret just aft of the third funnel, She is shown about  to pass beneath the Forth Bridge as she departs Rosyth for a sea trial

HMS Tiger by Ivan Berryman
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 Sunset over Aboukir Bay on 1st August 1798 as ships of the Royal Navy, led by Nelson, conduct their ruthless destruction of the anchored French fleet. Ships shown from left to right.  HMS Orion, Spartiate, Aquilon, Peuple Souvrain, HMS Defence, HMS Minotaur and HMS Swiftsure.

Battle of the Nile by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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 The Battle of Jutland took place on 31st May 1916.  It was the largest clash of battleships in history, over 250 ships from the Grand Fleet and the German High Sea Fleet took part.  But both fleets struggled to gain supremacy in difficult conditions.  The battle started well for HMS Invincible, together with Inflexible and Indomitable she formed part of the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron under Admiral Hood.  She scored eight direct hits on Lutzow which caused the German ship to withdraw from the battle and eventually sink.  HMS Invincibles luck finally ran out when she was hit on the midships Q turret, the eventual explosion causing the ship to sink in two halves.  Here Invincible is seen prior to the battle from HMS Nestor, one of the destroyer escorts of the 13th Flotilla.

HMS Invincible - The Dawn of Jutland by Anthony Saunders. (GL)
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Captain Charles Vane was born in 1680, and was an English pirate who preyed upon English and French shipping.  Vane began piracy in 1716 and lasted 3 years. Vane captured a Barbados sloop and then a large 12-gun brigantine, which he renamed the Ranger.   Vane was among the pirate captains who operated out of the Bohama at the notorious base at New Providence after the colony had been abandoned by the British.  His pirate attacks made Captain Charles Vane well known to the Royal Navy and in February of 1718 Vincent Pearse, commander of HMS Phoenix cornered Vane on his ship the Lark.  Vane  had heard of the recent royal pardons that had been offered to pirates in exchange for a guarantee they would quit plundering, so Vane claimed he had actually been en route to surrender to Pearse and accepted the pardon on the spot,  Charle Vane gained his freedom but as soon as he was free of Pearse he ignored the pardon and resumed his pirate ways.  Charles Vane was again captured and in 1721 was executed by hanging at Gallows Point, Port Royal, Jamaica on March 29th 1721.

Captain Charles Vane by Chris Collingwood.
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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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On this day in naval history....

20 March

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20thMarch1886HMS FearlessLaunched
20thMarch1891HMS LapwingArrived Malta
20thMarch1891HMS BellerophonArrived Bermuda
20thMarch1891HMS EmeraldArrived Bermuda
20thMarch1892HMS CordeliaArrived Port Said
20thMarch1896HMS DidoLaunched
20thMarch1897HMS EuropaLaunched
20thMarch1899HMS BulwarkLaid down at Devonport Dockyard
20thMarch1901HMS DevastationAt Gibraltar
20thMarch1901HMS DiademArrived Gibraltar
20thMarch1909HMS BellonaLaunched
20thMarch1909HMS CrusaderLaunched. Part of the 6th Flotilla and Dover Patrols.
20thMarch1911HMS HogueCapt C.W. Keighly-Peach in Command
20thMarch1911HMS HogueSailed Sheerness for Knock Deep to work up for gunlayers tests
20thMarch1913HMAS AustraliaTorpedo trials at Portsmouth
20thMarch1920HMS FrobisherLaunched
20thMarch1921HMS BryonyArrived Smyrna
20thMarch1921HMS H49Sailed Plymouth for exercises
20thMarch1921HMS CaledonSailed Plymouth for exercises
20thMarch1921HMS H32Sailed Plymouth for exercises
20thMarch1921HMS H44Sailed Plymouth for exercises
20thMarch1921HMS H50Sailed Plymouth for exercises
20thMarch1921HMS L71Arrived Falmouth
20thMarch1921HMS FermoySailed Plymouth for exercises
20thMarch1921HMS BluebellArrived Woosung
20thMarch1921HMS L16Arrived Falmouth
20thMarch1921HMS L21Arrived Falmouth
20thMarch1921HMS L25Arrived Falmouth
20thMarch1928HMS CapetownArrived St. Vincent
20thMarch1931HMS EffinghamArrived Port Blair
20thMarch1934HMS DecoyArrived Hong Kong
20thMarch1934HMS BerwickSailed Amoy
20thMarch1937HMS BarhamFlagship of the Rear-Admiral 1st Battle Squadron
20thMarch1939HMS GloriousSailed Gibraltar
20thMarch1939HMS DuchessArrived Malta
20thMarch1939HMS JervisCapt. Philip John Mack, RN In Command
20thMarch1939HMS BulldogSailed Gibraltar
20thMarch1939HMS CourageousSailed Rosyth
20thMarch1940HMS CossackArrived in the Clyde after Escorting damaged HMS Norfolk
20thMarch1940HMS CossackSailed the Clyde for Scapa Flow
20thMarch1940HMS IvanhoeArrived Scapa Flow with dummy HMS Hermes
20thMarch1940HMS IvanhoeEscorted Whaler's Thirlmere and Wundemere to Aberdeen
20thMarch1940HMS Leda5th Mine Sweeping Flotilla
20thMarch1940HMS LedaArrived Dover from the Humber
20thMarch1940HMS Aurora2nd Cruiser Squadron
20thMarch1940HMS AuroraSailed Scapa Flow on Operation DU
20thMarch1940HMS FoxhoundSailed Scapa Flow on Operation DU
20thMarch1940HMS EskSailed Invergordon on minelaying mission PA 4 in the Moray Firth
20thMarch1940HMS EskimoArrived in the Clyde after Escorting damaged HMS Norfolk
20thMarch1940HMS CairoJoined Convoy HN.20 as air cover
20thMarch1940HMS CairoProtecting Convoy HN.20
20thMarch1940HMS CarlisleSailed Alexandria on "Operation save Malta"
20thMarch1940HMS AntelopeArrived Liverpool with Convoy HX.25
20thMarch1940HMS ElectraLeft Convoy with ships for the West Coast
20thMarch1940HMS ElectraSailed Scapa Flow to Skerry Sound to guard the harbour entrance to Scapa Flow
20thMarch1940HMS EncounterLeft Convoy with ships for the West Coast
20thMarch1940HMS EncounterSailed Scapa Flow to Skerry Sound to guard the harbour entrance to Scapa Flow
20thMarch1940HMS ExpressSailed Invergordon on minelaying mission PA 4 in the Moray Firth
20thMarch1940HMS FameSailed Scapa Flow on Operation DU
20thMarch1940HMS FiredrakeSailed Scapa Flow on Operation DU
20thMarch1940HMS ForesightSailed Scapa Flow on Operation DU
20thMarch1940HMS FortuneDropped three depth charges on a submarine contact northeast of Muckle Flugga
20thMarch1940HMS GallantArrived Scapa Flow with dummy HMS Hermes
20thMarch1940HMS GreyhoundRepaired at Hull
20thMarch1940HMS ImpulsiveSailed Invergordon on minelaying mission PA 4 in the Moray Firth
20thMarch1940HMS AlburySailed Gibraltar for UK
20thMarch1940HMS BrokeDetached from Convoy OB.110
20thMarch1940HMS LondonderrySailed Methil escorting Convoy MT.34
20thMarch1940HMS LondonderrySailed the Tyne escorting Convoy FS.125
20thMarch1940HMS Harrier5th Mine Sweeping Flotilla
20thMarch1940HMS HarrierArrived Dover from the Humber
20thMarch1940HMS CleopatraSailed Alexandria on "Operation save Malta"
20thMarch1940HMS DidoSailed Alexandria on "Operation save Malta"
20thMarch1940HMS EuryalusSailed Alexandria on "Operation save Malta"
20thMarch1940HMS EdinburghArrived South Shields for extensive refit
20thMarch1940HMS GlasgowCompleted repairs at Glasgow
20thMarch1940HMS Arethusa2nd Cruiser Squadron
20thMarch1940HMS ArethusaSailed Scapa Flow on Operation DU
20thMarch1940HMS Galatea2nd Cruiser Squadron
20thMarch1940HMS GalateaSailed Scapa Flow on Operation DU
20thMarch1940HMS BeagleCovered the operations of the 10th Mine Sweeping Flotilla between the North Goodwin Light Vessel and Fairy Ban Buoy
20thMarch1940HMS BrilliantAssisted mine damaged Dutch tanker Phobos, five miles east of north of North Goodwins Light Vessel
20thMarch1940HMS KeithCompleted repairs at Chatham
20thMarch1940HMS KeithArrived at Dover after repairs at Chatham.
20thMarch1940HMS IcarusSailed Invergordon on minelaying mission PA 4 in the Moray Firth
20thMarch1941HMS JasmineAt Port Glasgow.
20thMarch1942HMS FuryLt. Cdr. C.H. Campbell in Command
20thMarch1942HMS EclipseLt. Cdr. E. Mack in Command
20thMarch1942HMS Duke of YorkFlagship of Rear-Admiral A.T.B. Curteis
20thMarch1943HMS BermudaA/S Exercising
20thMarch1944HMS AtherstoneLt. Eric Ian Pilditch, DSC, RN
20thMarch1944HMS LookoutLt.Cdr. Derrick Henry Fellowes Hetherington, RN
20thMarch1945HMS LapwingSunk
20thMarch1945HMS LapwingCdr. (retired) John Alexander Binnie, RN Relinquished Command
20thMarch1945HMS LapwingLost
20thMarch1945HMS LeithLt.Cdr. (retired) Alan Westbury Preston, RN Relinquished Command
20thMarch1945HMS LeithLt. Robin Richard Whalley, RN Assumed Command
20thMarch1946HMS BarfleurAt Shanghai
20thMarch1946HMS LawsonReturned to the USN
20thMarch1946HMS LouisReturned to the USN
20thMarch1947HMS BermudaArrived Yokohama
20thMarch1959HMS CarronAt London
20thMarch1960HMS LionArrived Portsmouth
20thMarch1961HMS ChieftainScrapped in Sunderland on 20th March 1961.
20thMarch2001HMS IllustriousArrived Dover
20thMarch2002HMS CardiffDevonport
20thMarch2003HMS InvinciblePlymouth Sound
20thMarch2006HMS CornwallPlymouth Sound
20thMarch2008HMS BulwarkDevonport
20thMarch2008HMS ArgyllValletta
20thMarch2008HMS Iron DukeDevonport
20thMarch2008HMS CornwallDevonport
20thMarch2008HMS CumberlandDevonport
20thMarch2008HMS CampbeltownSailed Doha
20thMarch2009HMS BrocklesbyLa Spezia
20thMarch2009HMS CumberlandDevonport
20thMarch2009HMS CumberlandPlymouth Sound
20thMarch2011HMS TriumphAs part of Operation Ellamy, the coallition attacks on Libyan defences, fired Tomahawk missiles from the Mediterranean.

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