Category: RN WW2

December 30 – Clandestine operations in HMS Fidelity, the war’s most secret ship

A Naval Reserve officer who had played rugby for Inst and Malone and two Royal Marines from Northern Ireland serving in an elite Commando died in HMS Fidelity which perhaps is the vessel with the rarest background in World War 2. HMS Fidelity was…

Belfast sailor and HMS Belfast at Battle of North Cape – Boxing Day 1943

On this day in 1943 the last capital ship big gun engagement between the Royal Navy and Germany took place at the Battle of North Cape where Admiral Bruce Fraser took on and sank the Scharnhorst whilst she was attempting to attack convoys. Thomas…

December 26 – Roll of Honour

A Naval Reserve officer from HMS Caroline, who was a member of Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, and a well known Belfast shipping company, was lost when his craft hit a mine on Boxing Day 1940.

December 19 – Roll of Honour

The Roll of 18 servicemen today includes eight who died in HMS Neptune in WW2. Photo of the stunning French cemetery and Ossuary at Douaumont. These lads quite literally gave all they could give in defence of their country. On ne passe pas.

HMS Galatea – ship with superb war record sank in three minutes

HMS Galatea was sunk northwest of Alexandria on 14/12/1941 by the German submarine U-557. 469 men including at least 12 from Northern Ireland, were killed. Captain Sim died with 21 of his officers and 447 ratings. About 100 survivors were picked up by the…

Admiral’s return to Limavady

A thanksgiving service was held in Limavady Parish Church for the service and witness of Sir Desmond Cassidi on December 07, 2019. He commanded HMS Ark Royal. He was Flag Officer of the Carriers and Amphibious Ships in 1974. He was Second Sea Lord…

December 13 – Roll of Honour

On This Day in 1939 Cdre HH Harwood in HMS Ajax with Achilles and Exeter engaged the Admiral Graf Spee at the Battle of the River Plate forcing her to enter Montevideo in Uruguay for repairs but she scuttled believing superior forces were waiting. …