70 years on, the last operational Royal Navy Destroyer, HMS Cavalier, still afloat


from the BBC

The 70th anniversary of the launch of the Royal Navy’s last operational World War Two destroyer is being marked on Saturday in Kent.


HMS Cavalier was rotting in a dry dock on Tyneside until 1999 when she was bought by Chatham Historic Dockyard, transported to Chatham, and restored.

It has since been a memorial to the 142 Royal Navy destroyers lost during the war and the 11,000 men who died.

A church service is being held and a parade through the dockyard.

Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham, said: “It is one of only two ships still surviving form the Second World War, the other being HMS Belfast in London, and it is a symbol of the very large number of destroyers which were lost.”

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