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    A chapter in British
    naval history came to an end Nov. 6 when the most famous U-boat killer of World
    War Two, the frigate 'Starling', sailed into Portsmouth Harbour, Hants, U.

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    A chapter in British
    naval history came to an end Nov. 6 when the most famous U-boat killer of World
    War Two, the frigate 'Starling', sailed into Portsmouth Harbour, Hants, U.K. for
    a farewell ceremony before retirement - into the Reserve Fleet.

    Behind her lay, a brilliant wartime record: the destructions of 15 German
    submarines, including six in one operation lasting twenty days. At the end of
    that operation, the First Lord of the Admiralty A. V. Alexander went personally
    to the 'Starling's' port of Portsmouth to congratulate commander and crew.

    The commander was Captain F.J. Walker. His command lasted only 15 months - he
    died from the strain of the long period of operations in the Atlantic's Western
    Approaches to Britain.

    Film taken in wartime shows U-boat prisoners rescued from their sinking
    submarine by an R.N. ship's lifeboat, and of their subsequent landing at a
    British naval Port.

    After the war at sea with her gallant captain - a man officially recognized as
    the nation's 'greatest exponent of anti-submarine warfare' - 'Starling' in
    peacetime steamed thousands of miles training officers and men in navigation and
    pilotage. In place of the depth charge throwers, the Before and the Oerlikons,
    were the antennae for navigation. Trainees sprang to the calling of the bosun's
    pipe in place of the submarine-hunting crew.

    But sailing into South England's navy base of Portsmouth on her last journey,
    two symbols of the ship's wartime hunting days remained - a flag and a crest.

    The flag was shown to the widow of the wartime Captain's widow, the Navy's chief
    guest at the portsmouth ceremony. The crest - on the Captain's door - is of a
    starling. And in its beak, a U-boat.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEH5BMV96FGGCJ6WL87GO5T48D
    Media URN:
    VLVAEH5BMV96FGGCJ6WL87GO5T48D
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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