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On This Day - January 29

185Victoria CrossQueen Victoria institutes Britain's highest military decoration, the Victoria Cross.
191K13Just after noon HMS K13, on trials in the Gareloch, signaled to nearby HMS E50 her intention to dive. As the submarine submerged the engine room began to flood. The submarine became uncontrollable and came to rest on the bottom with the engine room and after torpedo room flooded.

The crew of E50 witnessing K13's rapid dive closed in on the area discovering traces of oil and escaping air breaking the surface. The first rescue vessel arrived around midnight. Divers were sent down to inspect the submarine and just after daybreak on the 30th morse signals were exchanged between the divers and the trapped crew. At 1700 an airline was successfully connected, empty air bottles recharged and ballast tanks blown. With the aid of a hawser slung under her bows K13 was brought to within 8 feet of the surface. By midday of the 31st K13's bow had been raised ten feet above the water. By 2100 the pressure hull had been breached using oxyacetylene cutting equipment the survivors being transferred to safety. K13 was finally raised on 15th March, refitted and returned to service as HMS K22.
191H23Launched
191L9Launched
193Rover (N62)Completed
194Talisman (N78)Launched
194Unbroken (P42)Completed
194Sea Wolf (N47)HMS Sea Wolf arrives as Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to aid in A/S training.
194X9Completed

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