As an Island nation, our prosperity and security is totally dependent on our ability to access the sea. The UK is reliant on a stable global market for the raw…
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HMS "Walney" (Y 04) - Banff-class sloop, completed as USCGC "Sebago" in 1930 and transferred to UK in 1941. On 8 Nov 1942 was sunk by gunfire within Oran Harbour after first ramming both the outer and inner booms during Operation Reservist. On board the Walney when she was sunk were 200 men of the 6th US Armoured Infantry Division and a 35-strong US Naval conti"ngent. There were only 14 survivors from the crew of the Walney itself.
Queen Elizabeth class battleship, HMS Barham built by John Brown on the Clydebank laid down 24/02/13 & commissioned 19/10/15.Served at Jutland, hit 6 times , suffering 26 killed & 46 wounded. Starting WW II as part of the Mediterranean fleet, returned to home waters in 12/39. 28/12/39 was torpedoed by U-30. After operations against French Senegal in 09/40, returned to Mediterranean Fleet. Sunk by U-331 on 25/11/41. hit by 3 torpedoes her magazines exploded sinking in 4mins, with 862 dead.