March 28 (Weds) 1945, Gulf of Suez

IWM A11474
A whaler’s crew of Able Seamen, 1942. Image copr. IWM A11474

Tuesday morning, weighted and proceeded out into the Gulf of Suez for Exercises. Carried out a mediocre 4″ HA [High Angle] Shoot at a sleeve target and later fired two torpedoes from the port tubes, one of these doing a cold run. Recovered the torpedoes and returned to same berth, anchoring at Approximately noon. During the Dogs, shore leave was granted and I gather that the sights were not worth seeing. Today we just swung round our “hook”. All leave was cancelled at midday & we were all set to shove off at dusk. We were supposed to go in company HMS Implacable & the Destroyers [HMS] Tumult and [HMS] Terpischore, but unfortunately the carrier was run aground coming through the canal during the afternoon and our departure was postponed. This morning, before they were properly awake, the midshipmen did some Stout work in the 1st whaler. The exercise alone was most beneficial.

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