By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
March 9, 2008
It was a fight to the finish with a German U-Boat in 1940. HMS Hunter lost. Every man in her crew was lost without ceremony. She was one of two British vessels sunk during the first Battle of Narvik in the opening stages of World War II.
On Saturday, the Royal Navy finally honored the men of HMS Hunter by laying a wreath and standing at attention above the watery grave of 110 brave men.
The 2,100-ton destroyer went down on April 10, 1940, as the Royal Navy tried to block Germany’s advances in and around Norway.
HMS Hunter as completed in 1936
HMS Hunter was discovered by accident during NATO at sea training on March 1 of this year. The exercise included British, Dutch and other NATO warships off the Norwegian coast, according to Britain’s Defense Ministry.
Saturday, a small armada of ships, their crews at attention, passed almost over the grave of HMS Hunter and paid respects. Ships sailed past the site of the sunken destroyer in a line and a wreath was floated above the wreck.
“Finding HMS Hunter was a poignant moment and being able to pay our respects along with our Norwegian and Dutch allies is particularly fitting to those who lost their lives,” Maj. Gen. that the sunken ship was the HMS Hunter, one of two British vessels lost during thein the opening stages of the war.
lost four destroyers in the battle.
In this photo provided by British Royal Navy, a wreath floats above the sunken WWII British warship HMS Hunter as a flotilla pass by the war grave during a memorial service for the lost souls, with more than 1000 British and Norwegian military personnel present during the service in the Ofotfjord, off Narvik, Northern Norway, Saturday, March 8, 2008. The British Royal Navy destroyer, HMS Hunter, was sunk by the German Navy, April 10. 1940, and was discovered by chance during military maneuvers on March 1, 2008, in the Norwegian fjord.
(AP Photo / British Royal Navy)
Most of the information from this report originated with the Associated Press.
Photo of HMS Hunter from author’s collection.