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The Sinking of MTB 710

April 10th marks the anniversary of the loss of MTB 710 in 1945, which was one of several Coastal Forces boats to suffer a particularly large loss of life through a sudden and catastrophic sinking… Read More

Saint-Nazaire: The Greatest Raid

The Royal Navy had a long established tradition of pursuing enemy vessels that had eluded them at sea back to their home ports,… Read More

The Ostend Disaster 1945

February 14th sees the anniversary of an incident that occurred three months prior to the end of the Second World War in Europe; one which saw the greatest single loss of men and boats of Coastal Forces… Read More

Postwar Gay-Class Boats – The End for Petroleum

The following is an account of a well known incident that occurred in the Danish port of Aarhus during the 1950s. With the cessation of hostilities the risks to naval operations using petrol powered vessels… Read More

The Loss of SGB 7

The story begins on the afternoon of 12th September 2008 when the Buccaneers aboard Channel Diver skippered by Steve Johnson dived a site in the Baie de la Seine, partially identified as the… Read More