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9 September 1940: Minelaying Threatens Ships Entering Malta

09 Sep

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MALTA NEEDS MINESWEEPERS

HMS Fermoy (c) IWM Q75630

HMS Fermoy (c) IWM Q75630

The Vice Admiral Malta has represented to the Admiralty that the increased use of Malta harbour by warships and storeships will probably lead to local enemy minelaying. As a result he says it is vital that searched channels up to 200 fathom line should be regularly swept.

Malta currently has only one ship, HMS Fermoy, capable of regular minesweeping during winter months. It is now considered essential that two more minesweepers should be allocated to the Island if the safety of Royal Navy and supply vessels is to be ensured.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 9 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 10 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine with scirocco.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 1940

ROYAL NAVY  Osiris left for patrol of the Otranto Straits.

AIR HQ  Departures 1 London.

3rd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT   Four recruits enlisted.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  C Company No 14 Platoon began a week’s intensive training.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS  Bomb Disposal UXB High explosive 250lb x 1 Salvatore Gate.

2nd Bn ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS  Platoons began training.

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT 25 horses and carts arrived.

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