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List of Allied warships in the Normandy landings

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List of Allied warships in the Normandy landings

This is a list of warships which took part in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944.

Battleships

Seven battleships took part: four British and three US:

  • USS Arkansas, eastern Omaha Beach (, 26,100 tons, main armament: 12 - 12"/50 cal. guns) primarily in support of the US 29th Infantry Division.
  • USS Nevada, Utah Beach (damaged and beached to avoid sinking at Pearl Harbor, , 29,000 tons, main armament: 10 - 14"/45 cal. guns).
  • HMS Nelson (1925, , 38,000 tons, main armament: 9 - 16 inch guns). Held in reserve until June 10.
  • HMS Ramillies (1915, , 33,500 tons, main armament: 8 - 15"/42 cal. guns).
  • HMS Rodney (1925, Nelson class, 38,000 tons, main armament: 9 - 16 inch guns).
  • USS Texas, western Omaha Beach (, 27,000 tons, main armament: 10 - 14"/45 cal. guns, Flagship of Rear Admiral C.F. Bryant) primarily in support of the US 1st Infantry Division.
  • HMS Warspite (1913, , 35,000 tons, main armament 8 - 15"/42 cal. guns).

Heavy cruisers

Five heavy cruisers (main guns of 8 inches) took part, three from the United States and two from Britain, HMS Hawkins had been re-armed with 6 inch guns and HMS Frobisher's main gun armament had been reduced from seven to four single mounted 7.5 inch guns.

Light cruisers

17 British light cruisers took part along with two of the Free French navy, and one of the Polish navy. All carried either 6 or 5.25 inch guns of varying numbers.

Destroyers and escorts

135 ships (eighty-five British and Dominion, 39 US, 7 Free French and 7 other Allied):

Other warships

508 ships (352 British, 154 US and 2 other Allied):

  • USS Bayfield, attack transport
  • HMS Bulolo, Landing Ship Headquarters (LSH) for Gold Beach carrying tri-service commanders and staff
  • HMS Centurion, old battleship sunk as a blockship in "Gooseberry" breakwater
  • Courbet, Free Naval French Forces, old battleship sunk as a blockship in "Gooseberry" breakwater
  • USS Charles Carroll attack transport
  • HMCS Cowichan, Canadian minesweeper
  • HMS Dacres, Captain class frigate converted to act as a headquarters ship
  • HMS Durban (light cruiser used as a blockship in "Gooseberry" breakwater)
  • HMS Erebus, monitor 2 - 15 inch guns
  • HNLMS Flores, Dutch gunboat
  • HMS Hilary, H.Q. ship for Juno Beach carrying tri-service commanders and staff
  • HMS Kingsmill, Captain class frigate converted to act as a headquarters ship
  • HMS Largs, H.Q. ship for Sword Beach carrying tri-service commanders and staff
  • HNLMS Soemba, Dutch gunboat
  • HMS Lawford, Captain class frigate converted to act as a headquarters ship (bombed and sunk)
  • HNoMS Nordkapp, Icelandic patrol boat
  • HMS Roberts, monitor 2 - 15 inch guns
  • HNMLS Sumatra (Dutch, decommissioned due to crew shortages and losing her guns to HNMLS Flores and Soemba, used as blockship in "Gooseberry" breakwater)

The British 9th and 159th minesweeping flotillas and U.S. 7th Minesweeping Squadron provided minesweeping protection. A distant anti-submarine screen to the operation was provided by HMS Onslow, Offa, Onslaught, Oribi, Melbreak and Brissenden. Additional protection from E-boats was provided by various Motor Gun Boat flotillas.

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