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22 December 1940: Royal Navy Chief Tours Malta Dockyard

22 Dec

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HMS Dainty

HMS Dainty

ADMIRAL CUNNINGHAM HEADS FOR ALEXANDRIA

Royal Navy Commander in Chief Mediterranean left Grand Harbour aboard his flagship HMS Warspite early this morning after a successful visit to Malta.  Admiral Cunningham spent just 40 hours ashore, during which time he held top level talks with the Island’s Governor and Commander in Chief, Lt Gen Dobbie.  The strategic importance of Malta and the imperative for regular supply convoys were key topics on the agenda, along with the challenge for Naval dominance over Axis forces in the Mediterranean.  Outside of the talks, Admiral Cunningham made a point of visiting the dockyard, where he heard about the yard workforce’s response to the challenges of enemy air attacks.

Warspite put out from her berth in Grand Harbour at 0700 hours this morning.  She is expected to rendezvous off Malta with two destroyers, Dainty and Greyhound which have been sent to Malta help screen the Admiral’s flagship as she heads for Alexandria.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 22 DECEMBER TO DAWN 23 DECEMBER 1940

Weather  Very cold and unsettled. 

No air raids.

0847-0912 hrs  Air raid alert for two separate enemy formations approaching the Island.  Four Hurricanes are scrambled to intercept; no claims.  Raid does not materialise.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER 1940

ROYAL NAVY  HMS Olympus sailed for Gibraltar after completing refit to join 8th Submarine Flotilla.  HMS Havock arrived for refit.

AIR HQ  Departures  1 Sunderland.   

KALAFRANA  230 Squadron arrived from Middle East en route to UK.  Sunderland L2159, 230 Squadron, left for Gibraltar and UK.

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  An officers mess built in the HQ quarry opened for use.   

 

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