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Her next task clean teen chat to provide cover for ships of Convoy JW53 which sailed with supplies for Russia on 15 February This convoy encountered hurricane force gales which scattered the ships and caused severe damage to navy warships and merchant vessels.
Only thirty-six of her complement of 1, men were saved. The plan for the invasion of Europe code named Operation 'Overlord' provided for an attack on a fifty mile stretch of Normandy coast by a force of five divisions, with additional landings at Cherbourg.
The naval part of the invasion plan, Operation 'Neptune', aimed 'to secure lodgement on the continent from which further offensive operations can e developed' and the naval forces were allocated for escort duties, mine-sweeping, gunfire support the army, and the defence of the hundreds of vessels carrying food, water, stores, ammunition and reinforcement troops.
The actual assault was to be carried out by two large chat meet free forces called Eastern and Western Naval Task Forces.
The warships allocated to Operation Neptune totalled 1, vessels, ranging from large battleships and monitors to midget submarines. She remained in the Channel area until 10 July, online sex topeka chat out bombardment of enemy targets ashore and helping to protect the other ships in the Task Force against surface attack.
Her 6 inch guns had fired in anger for the last time during the war in Europe. She now chat massage to sail to the Far East, ready to help in the fight against Japan.
The atomic bombs had exploded over Free sex chat new liskeard and Nagasaki and the Japanese had surrendered before BELFAST arrived at Sydney but there was much work to be done rescuing the emaciated survivors of the Japanese prison camps. She eventually returned to Portsmouth on 15 Octoberwhere she paid off into reserve.
She recommissioned on 22 September under Captain E K Le Mesurier and visited the city where she had been built to receive a gift from the people of Belfast chat medellin magnificent silver bell which now hangs proudly on her quarterdeck. The Communist insurgency in Malaya had already begun and Mao Tse Tung's forces were poised to overthrow the Nationalist regime in Sex chat 37130. The ship stayed in Chatham for 17 days and sailed again for the Far East with a full war complement embarked.
On arrival off Korea in February the bitter fighting was still in progress, with the Chinese forces being driven avatars chat rooms slowly to the 38th Parallel. As the opposing armies fought up and down the Korean peninsula so United Nations ships moved with them, bombarding, blockading, mine-sweeping and evacuating. BELFAST's operations off Korea continued throughout and and, after three years in reserve, was modernised in Devonport for the second time in her life.
She recommissioned on 12 May ready to meet the challenges of the modern Navy. She sailed for the Far East and spent the years performing the usual duties of HM ships abroad in peacetime carrying out exercises and generally 'showing chat rooms los angeles flag'.
She had the honour of providing the guard for the final hauling down of the Union Flag and the first hoisting of the Tanganyikan flag. Thousands web camchat the foreshore as she steamed out of Dar-es-Salaam harbour.
Following one last exercise in the Mediterranean she finally paid off in Devonport on 24 August and her Admiral's flag was hauled down for the last time, having steamed nearly half a million miles during her operational life. In the normal course of events, vt chat next destination would pittsburgh chat probably have been the scrapyard.
HMS Belfast. Taken on August 30, All rights reserved.