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On This Day - March 09

1941Utmost (N19)HMS Utmost torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Capo Vita about 30 nautical miles north-east of Sousse, Tunisia.
1942P512USS R-17 was transferred to the Royal Navy at New London.
1942P514USS R-19 was transferred to the Royal Navy at New London.
1943Safari (P211)HMS Safari sinks the Italian sailing vessel Stefano M. with gunfire off Cape San Vito.
1943Taciturn (P334)Laid Down
1944Visigoth (P76)Completed
1945Trenchant (P331)HMS Trenchant sinks a Japanese tug and a barge with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca.
1946Sidon (P259)Repairs to armaments completed after being taken in hand at Portsmouth on 28th January 1946
2015Astute (S119)Following on from her first operational deployment HMS Astute left the Clyde for her next deployment to the familiar waters of the Mediterranean.

This deployment would see the further development and enhancement of the Astute Class operating procedures and operational techniques.

The first stop after the Clyde was the NATO base at Souda Bay, a common stopping off point for Royal Navy vessels in the Mediterranean.

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