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Royal Navy helped out US. Navy in 1942/3

by Mark_Plater

Contributed by 
Mark_Plater
People in story: 
Alf Neil
Location of story: 
Far East
Background to story: 
Royal Navy
Article ID: 
A3935072
Contributed on: 
22 April 2005

The US Navy had lost 4 of it`s aircraft carriers and only had the SARATOGA based
in Noumea.On the "HOTLINE"A request for help was made for the lend of a
carrier,so HMS Victorious was picked for the job.Our name was changed to USS
ROBIN to fool the Japanese and we became part of the Battle Group Task Force 14
after a very extensive refit in Norfolk Navy Yard. This gave the Yanks time to
get the new carriers built and ready for service.but,I`ve yet to see or hear
them acknowledge our help in any of their media or films. We still flew the
White Ensign with British pay as usual the only improvement for the crew was an
iced COCA COLA Machine in the Canteen Flat.

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