Britain is a country and Scotland a nation which say “Farewell” to an old, wartime airman called Jock Moffat

Seventy-five years ago Jock, who has died peacefully in Perthshire at the age of aged 97, played, what would turn out to be, a crucial role in the torpedoing and sinking of the Bismarck, Germany’s largest and most powerful battleship in the Second World War, thus ending the threat to…

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The First VC Awarded to a Submariner

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The first submariner to be awarded the Victoria Cross was Lieutenant Norman Holbrook, captain of HMS B11. He received Britain’s highest award for gallantry after his boat sank the elderly Ottoman pre-dreadnought battleship Messudieh (alternatively Mesudiye) on 13 December 1914.

The British Admiralty, keen to move as many ships as possible to the Grand Fleet, had proposed that the blockade of the Dardanelles be left to the French. However, the threat from the German battlecruiser Goeben, now flying the Ottoman flag, meant that the French insisted that the British battlecruiser HMS Indefatigable should remain.

Consequently, the blockading force consisted of Indefatigable, the light cruiser HMS Dublin and the French pre-dreadnought battleshipsGaulois, Vérité, St Louis and Charlemagne, the armoured cruiser Amiral Charner and seaplane carrier Foudre. Each navy also contributed six destroyers and three submarines.[1]

The British submarines were B9, B10 and

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