HC Deb 26 April 1961 vol 639 cc42-3W
Sir L. Ropner

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty whether there were any exceptional circumstances which caused H.M.S. "Finwhale" to be holed when at sea recently.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

The damage was confined to a light aluminium casing designed for use by the crew as a gangway and had no effect on H.M.S. "Finwhale's" operational efficiency. The circumstances were exceptional in that the "Finwhale" would normally have submerged in the heavy weather conditions encountered but, on this occasion, she had to proceed on the surface at speed to meet the requirements of the exercise in which she was taking part.

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