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Posted on Monday 16th January

Around 90 men were lost when HMS Olympus struck a mine off Malta in May 1942. The submarine's wreck has now been found after 70 years.

[Olympus, which sunk after hitting a mine dropped by the Luftwaffe during the struggle for Malta, has been discovered by marine archaeologists only 3 and a half miles off the island.

Her loss ranks among the worst disasters in the history of the Royal Navy's Silent Service, with only 11 souls surviving from the 98 on board.

Divers believed they had found the wreck of the 283 feet long boat in 2008, but Olympus has now been formally identified by the Aurora Trust Foundation, who worked with officials in Malta to locate the sunken boat.

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The Malta Force submarines had the vital task of interrupting German and Italian convoys crossing the Mediterranean to resupply Rommel and his Army in North Africa. The outcome of the Desert War depended on this.

Operations from the beleaguered island were hazardous both at sea and in port. The Naval Base was under constant air attack. Due to the courage and tenacity of the crews by the time the Malta-based submarines were… Read more...

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