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2 October 1940: Malta Introduces Submarine Sanctuary

02 Oct

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NEW MEASURES TO PREVENT FRIENDLY FIRE 

HMS Truant protected by new submarine sanctuary

HMS Truant protected by new submarine sanctuary

New operating instructions have been introduced to protect submarines of the Mediterranean Fleet operating in and around Malta from friendly fire. From now on, when a submarine is expected in coastal waters, the order ‘submarine sanctuary’ will be signalled to Infantry battalions responsible for guarding the coastline. While the signal is in force, no submarines will be engaged by the Island’s defensive forces.

The new measures have been introduced following recent incidents of enemy vessels approaching the coast, particularly at night. The orders are designed to ensure the coastline can be defended effectively without risk to Allied vessels operating in the area. Further instructions will be issued later to Infantry battalions regarding procedures for dealing with all vessels which enter Malta’s waters.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 2 OCTOBER TO DAWN 3 OCTOBER 1940

Weather  Fine with cloud.

0230-0530 hrs  Submarine sanctuary in force for arrival of Truant.

OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER 1940

ROYAL NAVY  Perseus arrived for refit.

KALAFRANA  Operations by Sunderland aircraft of 228 and 230 squadrons.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  Work on forming the new Company and several inter-Company transfers took place.

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