Warfare The Anglo-French Assaulting Naval Armada - Port-Said 05-07 Nov 1956 Part 11

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Operation Musketeer

The Anglo-French Naval Armada Assaulting

Port-Said 5th. - 7th. Nov 1956
Part 11

The British and French Naval Armada, totaling to more than two hundred (200) fighting ships, Submarines, Aircraft carriers, heavy Cruisers, Battleships, Destroyers, Frigates, Mine sweepers, Mine Layers, Amphibian Landing Ships, Troops Carriers, Troops ships, tankers, tugs, salvage ships etc. have gathered at the Horizon of Port Said . It was a frightening view to see the horizon blocked by these mighty structures of death, instead of the usual convoy of ships, that used to gather twice a day to cross the Suez Canal peacefully. We new that we are going to face bloody fighting and savage battles.

The Anglo-French forces allocated to fight against the Egyptian forces and for the assault on Port Said numbered 45,000 men, 12,000 vehicles, 300 aircraft, more than and 100 warships were to enter the Suez Canal and disembark their loads of Soldiers, Tanks, field guns and armoured Cars in addition to the other war materials that totalled to 30.000 ton.

This was not the only problem to face General Sir Charles Keightley. The French Ally has contributed with his substantial share and played an uneasy part, based upon rivalry, disappointment, the will for misunderstanding, disgust and the independence from the British command ship. This has been reflected in many of their actions which collided with the British way of solving problems and the British stand-point. The UN cease fire and the orders to evacuate the Egyptian city soon was a slam in the face for the invading troops.

Though, they were evident, the Egyptian passive and increased armed secret underground resistance activities, the daily problems of controlling Port Said and trying to bring it back to normal life were eminent obstacles which have added a substantial burden to the coming uneasy life in a hostile Environment, in Port SaidThe British Royal Navy Fighting ShipsAircraft carriers The British vessels taking their share in the Anglo-French attack operations carried a total of about 150 aircraft mainly jet. The 2 Helicopter Carriers, HMS Theseus and HMS Ocean carrying in total 6 Sycamore 14, 6 Whirlwind HAR2, 8 Whirlwind HAS22, 6 Whirlwind HAR3. Meanwhile HMS Eagle, HMS Albion, HMS Bulwark carrying in total 72 Sea Hawks, 25 Sea Venoms, 9 Wyverns, 8 Skyraider AEW, 2 Avenger AS5, 4 Sycamore 14 & Whirlwind HAR2 SAR helos (The War at Sea)




Type & Name Pennant No.Displacement Tons
CV Multipurpose Aircraft carrier
EAGLER0536,800
ALBIONR0722,000
BULWARKR0322,000
Helicopter Carriers
OCEANR6313.190
THESEUSR6413.190

The Royal Navy Sub and Battle Ships


Type & Name Pennant No.
Attack Submarine
7 SS Attack Submarine
BB Battleship
NewfoundlandC59
JamaicaC44
Orion
CC Cruiser
CeylonC30

The Royal Navy commando ships


Commando shipsPennant No.
Tyne
MeonF269

The Royal Navy Destroyers


DE Destroyers Daring ClassPennant No.
DaringD05
DuchessD35
DecoyD106
DiamondD108
Delight D119

The Royal Navy DS Anti-Submarine Destroyers


DS Anti-Submarine DestroyersPennant No.
ChieftainD36
Chevron D51
UrsaF200
Sally Port

The Royal Navy DD Destroyers


DE DestroyersPennant No.
BirminghamD86
CumberlandF85
KenyaC14
Royalist
New Zealand
Chaplain
ChapletD52
BarfleurR80
Backflair
Diana D126
Alamein D17
Encort
Prowess
CorunnaD 97

The Royal Navy Frigates


FS Frigate Fighting Ships ( Patrol)Pennant No.
CraneF132
ModesteF42
Spray Rays
Indian Aidless
Trenshard
Tutor
Cutom
Centenary
St John
Cential
Vinton
Ulysses

The Royal Navy Coast Mine Sweepers


Mine SweepersPennant No.
Alcaston M1102
DarlastonM1127
LattersonM1160
Pentson M1169
AldingtonM1171
RodlingtonM1177
SeftonM1179
Dunera M1131
Blakston M1132
Woodbridge Haven

The RN Mine Laying Vessels


Mine Laying VesselsPennant No.
Bastion
ChevronD51
TuscanF156
ManxmanN70

The RN Troop Transported


Troop Transported
Empire Fowey
New Australia
Empire Parkstone
Asturias
Dilware
Ascania

The RN support shipsTugs, Tankers, Cargo Salvage


Troop Transported
Dalyrimple
Antic
Careful
Olna
Wave Sovereign
Wave Regent
Retainer
Tidergange
Wave Protector
Wave Laird
4 Ocean Salvage Vessels
1 Ocean Salvage Vessels
9 Coastal Salvage Vessels
11 Boom Defence Vessels
4 Boom Defence Vessels
6 Lifting Craft
10 Lifting Pontoons
2 Wreck Disposal Craft

The French
The Naval Task Forces Fighting Ships
The French Aircraft carriers

The French carriers taking their share in the Anglo-French attack operations carried a total of about the two French carriers carried about 65 mainly propeller


Type & Name Pennant No.Displacement in Tons
CV Multipurpose Aircraft carrier
Arromanches R 95 13.190
CVL Light Aircraft carrier Multipurpose
LafayetteR 96 11.000

The French Sub and Battle Ships


Type & Name Pennant No.
Attack Submarine
La CréoleS 606
BB Battleship
Jean BartB 61
CC Cruiser
Georges LeyguesC 604
AS-Assistance Ship
Gustave ZédéA 641

The French Destroyers & Frigates


DE DestroyersPennant No.
ArabeF 717
KabyleF 718
BambaraF 719
SakalaveF 720
TouaregF 721
SoudanaisF 722
BerbèreF 723
MalgacheF 724
SurcoufD 621
KersaintD 622
CassardD 623
BouvetD 624
Dupetit-ThouarsD 625
VauquelinD 628

The French FS Fighting Ships (Patrol


FS Fighting Ships (Patrol)Pennant No.
Le CorseF 761
Le BrestoisF 762
GazelleF 736
La PérouseF 750
Le BoulonnaisF 763
Le BordelaisF 764
Le NormandF 765
Le PicardF 766
Amiral MouchezF 752
Marcel Le BihanF 753

The French MSC Ships

MSC Pennant No.
AcaciaM 638
PivoineM 633
ChrysanthèmeM 672
CyclamenM 674
Acanthe M 639
JasminM 663
AjoncM 667
AzaléeM 668
BégoniaM 669
BleuetM 670
CaméliaM 671
GlaïeulM 678
LilasM 682
LiseronM 683
MimosaM 687
MuguetM 688
PavotM 693









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