Royal Navy Frigate F78 HMS Kent at Sunrise, Dover Harbour, England, UK

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HMS Kent Type 23 Frigate berthed at the Prince of Wales Pier, Dover Harbour, on September 22nd, 2012, to commemorate World War II 1942 Channel Dash of the German Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, and Prinz Eugen (Royal Navy: Operation Fuller, Kriegsmarine: Operation Cerebus). Swordfish Torpedo Biplane. Memorial unveiled. Background: Drop Redoubt & Western Heights (left), Seafront (right).

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John Latter on October 3, 2012

A similar view, but better proportioned, to HMS Kent at Sunrise. Other photos of the frigate taken this day are:

Frigate F78 HMS Kent 4.5 inch Mark 8 Naval Gun and Dover Castle at Sunrise

F78 HMS Kent Frigate and Westland Merlin HM1 Helicopter, Dover Harbour

Also see:

F235 HMS Monmouth, 70th Anniversary of Dunkirk, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour.

HMS Kent

HMS Kent is a Type 23 Duke class frigate of the British Royal Navy, and the twelfth ship to bear the name.

Kent's lineage boasts sixteen Battle Honours from the three given to the first Kent of 46 guns built in 1653, to the five awarded to the ninth and tenth Kents of World War I and World War II.

Sponsored by Princess Alexandra, The Hon Lady Ogilvy, Kent was launched on 28 May 1998.

Built by BAE Systems Marine (formerly Marconi Marine) at Scotstoun in Scotland, she was commissioned on 8 June 2000 and was the first ship to enter Royal Navy service in the 21st Century.

Source: HMS Kent.

More Dover Navy photos.

Ministry of Defence HMS Kent webpage.

John Latter

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John Latter on October 3, 2012

From Dover parade marks Dover tribute to Channel Dash airmen (BBC News):

"Hundreds of people have turned out in Dover to pay tribute to the airmen who took part in the wartime Operation Fuller - known as the Channel Dash (codenamed Operation Cerberus by the Germans).

Crowds lined the seafront to watch a Swordfish torpedo bomber fly-past and see the unveiling of a memorial.

Crews from HMS Kent provided a guard of honour during the ceremony in Marine Parade Gardens.

The Channel Dash was an attempt to stop German ships breaking through into the North Sea in 1942."

John Latter on October 3, 2012

From Operation Fuller - The Channel Dash:

"On 12 February 1942, 18 young men of the Fleet Air Arm flew 6 fabric-covered Fairey Swordfish Torpedo Bombers from RAF Manston in Kent, at little more than 100mph to attack in the Straits of Dover, the largest German Battle Fleet ever assembled.

The fleet included the Battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the Cruiser Prinz Eugen, protected by 6 Destroyers, 40 Flak Ships and more than 200 fighter aircraft. All of the Fairey Swordfish were destroyed and only 5 of the aircrew were rescued alive from the cold, dark waters of the Straits."

John Latter on October 11, 2012

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John Latter on March 25, 2013

Also see the UK Border Agency cutter photo:

HMC Vigilant and Old Customs House, Dover Harbour, United Kingdom

(UKBA Customs Cutter)

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  • Uploaded on October 3, 2012
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
    • Taken on 2012/09/22 06:29:40
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 25.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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