……by a ship of the Royal Navy since 1984 – a real Salute to the ‘40s!

HMS CAVALIER, The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s very own Second World War destroyer, will mark her own “Salute to the ‘40s” by firing a ‘broadside’ using all three of her 4.5” guns at 12.00 noon on Saturday 15th September, the first day of the Salute to the ‘40s event.

The last broadsides fired from operational Royal Navy ships were by HMS LONDON as she returned to the UK before paying off in February 1982 and HMS ZULU on paying off in 1984. Three rounds will be fired from A, B and Y guns on board HMS CAVALIER by the Historic Naval Gun Crew, a group of re-enactor volunteers who have assisted in restoring the ship’s guns and who will also re-create Captain’s Defaulters and bring the ship to life over the weekend of the Salute to the ‘40s event.

HMS CAVALIER was one of ninety-six war emergency destroyers built for the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Awarded the Battle Honour ‘Arctic 1945’ for operations off northern Norway and in support of the homeward-bound Russian convoy RA64, CAVALIER later operated in the Western Approaches, undertaking duties which included the high-speed escort of the liners-turned-troopships RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth.

HMS CAVALIER, together with an adjacent bronze monument is now the National Destroyer Memorial 1939-1945 marking the very special contribution made by these ships and the men who served in them.

The destroyer is an important central display at Salute to the ‘40s on 15th and 16th September at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. ‘Life on the Home Front’ is superbly re-created with a host of enthusiastic re-enactors, civilian and military vehicles, a village square and encampments. The great line-up of 1940s-style singers, dancers and musical artistes will keep visitors entertained and those who come suitably attired in forties style can join in the parade of forties fashion each day.

Tickets are now on sale with discounts for advanced purchases and Historic Dockyard 12 month ticket holders. With so much happening over the weekend the new two-day tickets offer exceptional value for money. Go to http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/salutetothe40s for prices and details of how to purchase on line, by post, by telephone or in person.

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