January 20 (Sat) 1945, Alexandria, Egypt

[Thursday pm] A close range weapon shoot was carried out, and after 40 mins the sleeve [target] was shot down. Later, it was picked up with a grapling iron.

After dark, the 6″ with aid of star shell [for illumination], threw three broadsides of full calibre “bricks” at a BPT [Battle Practice Target]. This seemed a waste of time to me as there was no opportunity to do any spotting, radar or otherwise, and anyway, I would sooner save everything up and have a really big shoot, ie a couple of dozen rounds per gun, sometime.

Just after 2000, secured at 5 shackles, starboard anchor, in 9 1/2 fathoms in position 270° Mex High Lt. 14.3 cables.

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Director tower of HMS Sheffield with two 6″gun turrets in background. Image copr.IWM A4006
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Tug towing out target for shoot, 1940. Image copr.IWM A1035

Yesterday, Friday the 19th Jan, carried out a 6″ full calibre barrage shoot at sleeve target. “A” Turret and director did very well. “B” Turret did not do so well, though this is thought to be partly due to a mechanical error in the receivers. As for “Y” Turret, well, no doubt, they will produce better results when the Blue Director & Radar have been fitted up correctly.

The close range weapons carried out an anti-MTB shoot or summat at a floating box. It was still floating when they had finished.

Returned to harbour & secured to F buoy with two bridles at 4 hours notice for steam at 1342. Embarked water & stores. RAL [Rear Admiral Alexandria] and the Govenor of Alexandria [Abbel Khalek Hassoune] came on board during the afternoon for 2 1/2 hrs.

Today embarked ammunition, stores, fuel oil and water. Rumour has it that HMS Sirius has returned to Greece with FOLEM [Vice Admiral Tennant].

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