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On This Day - January 20

18901891 - 1921: Royal ArthurLaid down
1921K5HMS K5 sailed from Torbay as part of a fleet bound for Spain, which included the Cruiser Inconstant and Submarines K8, K9, K15 and K22. It was decided to conduct a mock battle in the Bay of Biscay and the vessels split up to take their positions. A signal was received from K5 that she was diving, but she failed to reappear at the end of the exercise. An hour before dusk a battery cover from a K boat was recovered and the next morning a sailor's ditty box was found - the last trace of K5. It is believed an accident caused K5 to exceed her maximum diving depth.
1940Thorn (N11)Laid Down
1943Saracen (P247)HMS Saracen sinks the Italian auxiliary submarine chaser V 3/Maria Angelette with gunfire about 30 nautical miles south of Isola di Capri, Italy.
1943Unrivalled (P45)While on patrol of Tunisia HMS Unrivalled intercepts a small Italian naval auxiliary towing a schooner. She sinks the naval auxiliary with gunfire.
1943Untiring (P59)Launched
1945Sidon (P259)Damaged in a submerged collision with HMS Turpin. Her stem cutter was turned to starboard by a length of 4 feet.
2006Spartan (S105)Decommissioning ceremony was held to mark the successful completion of Spartan's service.

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