Royal Navy Divers pay their respects to HMS Hermes

Two hundred feet below the surface of the Bay of Bengal the Royal Navy’s standard ‘flies’ on HMS Hermes for the first time in 75 years. Not since April 9, 1942 have Royal Navy sailors seen the outline of Britain’s first purpose-built carrier. Three quarters of a century after she was sunk by Japanese bombers, taking punishment no warship could survive, a ten-strong team of Royal Navy divers paid their respects on the battered hull of the Hermes. Joint training with the Sri Lankan Navy finally gave the experts from…

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