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Submariners remember lost comrades from HMS Truculent

18 January 2016
The 66th anniversary of the submarine tragedy was marked by submariners and local dignitaries in Chatham.

On 12 January 1950, 64 submariners and dockyard personnel, who were on-board for sea trials, died when HM Truculent collided with SS Divina and sank in the Thames Estuary. 

Sadly, five RAF crew members of a Lancaster from RAF Coastal Command were also lost while taking part in the rescue operation.

When we pause during this Service of Remembrance, we are reminded of the historic and ongoing sacrifice made by submariners of the Royal Navy on patrol every day

Warrant Officer 1 Stefano Mannucci

Warrant Officer 1 Stefano Mannucci Royal Navy, Command Warrant Officer Submarines, noted:  “When we pause during this Service of Remembrance, we are reminded of the historic and ongoing sacrifice made by submariners of the Royal Navy on patrol every day to preserve international peace and our way of life.”

During the moving service, organised by the Medway Towns Submariners’ Association, wreaths were laid at the HMS Truculent Memorial Plaque at the St George’s Centre. 

Other dignitaries attending included: the Lady Mayoress Mrs Joyce Kemp, Air Commodore Bill Croyden, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent Brigadier John Meadon, and Mrs Ann Meadon

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