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CONVOY MW 5A & B UNDERWAY
Two freighters bound for Malta set sail from Alexandria this afternoon carrying fresh supplies. Operating under the convoy code MW 5A, Lanarkshire and Waiwera will be escorted through the eastern Mediterranean by the battleship Malaya and destroyers Defender, Diamond, Nubian and Wryneck.
Under a dual operation, the ships are intended to link up another supply convoy, codenamed MW 5B in two sections. Setting sail from Port Said yesterday were three merchantmen, Pontfield, Rodi and Volo have been joined by HMS Ulster Prince. The second section put out from Alexandria early today. Freighters the Devis and the Norwegian Hoegh Hood are escorted by the anti aircraft cruiser Calcutta and destroyer Havock. HM Submarine Parthian will also shadow the convoy.
The two groups of ships are expected to rendezvous tomorrow to complete their journey. The Mediterranean Fleet is already at sea, and standing by to provide cover for the entire operation.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 16 DECEMBER TO DAWN 17 DECEMBER 1940
Weather Cold and overcast.
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 16 DECEMBER 1940
SOUTHERN INFANTRY BRIGADE Brigade commanders conference.
8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT There was an outgoing mail today.
2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT Platoon Fitness Competition.
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