Don Anderson - The Fleet Train

Running time
1 min 22 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


The fleet was ringed with 24 destroyers of which two of them were N class destroyers, the Nizam and the Napier and the other N class destroyers plus others were with the Fleet Train which was a system devised by the Americans to cover the distances because they had hospital ships, fuel ships, supply ships, all hundreds of miles out into the ocean and surrounded by its own fleet.

When the actual fleet needed provision we moved out towards and met up with the fleet train and took on supplies and an ingenious method of shifting people from ship to ship if necessary, never stopping. That last cruise was 49 days in which time the engine didn't stop even with the church service, the thanksgiving service, which was put on board the Napier, it was still travelling.

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