Sailors commemorate St Nazaire raid

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SAILORS from HMS Tyne marched through the cobbled streets of Falmouth to honour one of the greatest raids in naval 
history.

In 1942, a flotilla of destroyers and small boats left the Cornish port to blow up the dock facilities at St Nazaire.

They succeeded – by ramming a former American destroyer under the White Ensign as HMS Campbeltown – into the lock gates and blowing her up while Royal Marines commandos simultaneously destroyed dock installations.

Operation Chariot, as it was called, was later dubbed the ‘greatest raid of all’ but a high price was paid by the sailors and marines.

Of the 621 men who took part in the raid, a quarter were killed and three out of five were 
casualties.

More than 400 Germans were killed and the port was never used again by German capital ships.

Taking a break from her constant patrols around the UK to protect fishing stocks, Portsmouth-based HMS Tyne attended a service of commemoration at Falmouth Cemetery.

Leading Chef David Britten said: ‘We don’t take part in that many parades, being at sea so much of the time.

‘I felt really proud to be in uniform marching through the town, especially with so many veterans making the effort to 
attend.’

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