)1932: HMS Curacoa (cruiser) (Mediterranean) 03.1932-(03. USS WICHITA was the only member of the single-ship WICHITA - class and the first ship in the Navy named after the city in Kansas. HMS Frobisher answered the SOS call, as did Savorgnan de Brazza (Jubelin's â¦ Ernie and Johnny Dale were on board HMS Frobisher on June 6, 1944 He was on board through the D-Day Landings, and was a â¦ With US cruiser force covering US Marine landings on Guadalcanal; 84 crew lost (Casualty List) (Battle of Savo Island - Japanese Invasion of Solomon Islands) CORNWALL (Capt P C W Manwaring) and DORSETSHIRE (Capt A W Agar VC), 5th April 1942, Indian Ocean south west of Ceylon (01.54N, 77.45E) - by Japanese â¦ The survivors declared that nearly six hundred men had been killed outright onboard, and that the entire upper deck of the ship had been shot away. Image: HMS Frobisher was at 'Sword' beach on D-Day We got three days' leave each. Ernie and Johnny Dale from Maidstone were one of two sets of brothers serving on board HMS Frobisher off the Normandy beaches on D-Day. As Belfast hosts a special commemoration for Irish sailors who served in World War One and marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, we look at some of those who played their part. American Landing Craft Vehicule & Personnel (LCVP) ... HMS Enterprise HMS Frobisher HMS Glasgow One crew member, Petty Officer Trick rapidly drifted away from the overturned hull of the whaler and Terry desperately swam after him. )1936: HMS Royal Sovereign (battleship) â¦ Sunk 18 Aug with loss of 31 crew members. HMS Alecto (submarine depot ship) 29.01.1931-(01. Signalman Royden Wells HMS Frobisher . Nearly two hundred of the Gneisenaus crew were picked up after she sank, but many of these died as a consequence of their sudden immersion in nearly freezing water. Following an aborted attempt at refuelling from Cedar Mills, the fuel tank cover was not properly secured by a sailor who had been badly knocked about by the weather (Force 10), the cover eventually came off and the ship took on a severe list. 1 Battleships 2 Heavy cruisers 3 Light cruisers 4 Destroyers and escorts 5 Other warships 6 Notes and references Seven battleships took part: four British and three US: USSArkansas, eastern Omaha Beach (Wyomingclass, 26,100 tons, main â¦ The heavy cruiser was a derivative of the basic design prepared for the BROOKLYN (CL 40) - class, similar in characteristic and appearance but with three 8-inch turrets in lieu of the five 6-inch turrets â¦ This is a list of warships which took part in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. These pages contain photographs and fact sheets. Returned to UK 15 Aug. HMS Frobisher  + Cruiser + Training & Depot Ship + After Bombardment task was Depot Ship at Mulberry B. Torpedoed off Courseilles 9 Aug. )1934: HMS Porpoise (submarine) (under construction at Barrow-in-Furness) (and for duty with submarines; and on commissioning) [borne in HMS â¦ HMS M 3 (submarine) (in reserve, Portsmouth) [tender to HMS Ross] 04.10.1930-? Naval Cadet (ex RN College, Dartmouth), training in HMS Frobisher (cadet training cruiser) 21.01.1936-(02. This list shows 129 warships and 7 types of landing crafts used by the various navies in the Channel during the Battle of Normandy. 'We were too young to fear death': Royal Navy veterans aged 90 and 94 are oldest surviving brothers to have fought together on D-Day. My father, Royden Wells, served on HMS Frobisher from March 1944, embarking from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in spring 1944, through the Suez Canal to UK, and served on Frobisher until it was decommissioned as a training vessel. I went to Edinburgh where my mum and dad and three sisters and their families were living. All the crew were thrown into the sea. Returned to Portland 21 June, later to serve as Normandy Accommodation ship.