List of Allied warships in the Normandy landings

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This is a list of warships which took part in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944.


Seven battleships took part: four British and three US:

Heavy cruisers[edit]

Five heavy cruisers (main guns of 8 inches) took part, three from the United States and two from Britain, HMS Hawkins had been re-armed with 6 inch guns and HMS Frobisher's main gun armament had been reduced from seven to four single mounted 7.5 inch guns.

Light cruisers[edit]

17 British light cruisers took part along with two of the Free French navy, and one of the Polish navy. All carried either 6 or 5.25 inch guns of varying numbers.

Destroyers and escorts[edit]

135 ships (eighty-five British and Dominion, 39 US, 7 Free French and 7 other Allied):

Troop Transports[edit]

Other warships[edit]

508 ships (352 British, 154 US and 2 other Allied):

The British 9th and 159th minesweeping flotillas and U.S. 7th Minesweeping Squadron provided minesweeping protection. A distant anti-submarine screen to the operation was provided by HMS Onslow, Offa, Onslaught, Oribi, Melbreak and Brissenden. Additional protection from E-boats was provided by various Motor Gun Boat flotillas.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Investigations indicate that the Svenner may have been hit by an early version of a German anti-shipping missile (possibly a Fritz X), instead of the more usual attribution of a torpedo from the German large torpedo boast Jaguar or Mowe or T-28 based at Le Havre. There have also been reports of German bombers releasing long, torpedo-like bombs, but from a very long distance, no way near firing-range. The most likely, though, is that it was hit by a torpedo, but accounts point in either direction.