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Hove Warship Week
Seventy years ago this month, Hove Council ran a National Savings Warship Week. The town was set a target of £425,000 and raised the amazing total of £521,000.
As a result Hove adopted a submarine, HMS Unbeaten. In service since November 1940, she operated in the Mediterranean. She sank two submarines and two other vessels before returning for repairs in August 1942.
The commanding officer, with some officers and crew, was given lunch in Hove and presented its special Jolly Roger flag to the mayor.
A commemorative plaque from Hove was handed over to the Navy in December. It was not revealed at the time that HMS Unbeaten had been sunk in error by the RAF off Gibraltar in November. There were no survivors.
This picture, showing the appeal, is from the Argus archive.
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