HMS Marne (G35)
HMS Marne was an M-class destroyer of the Royal Navy commissioned on 2 December 1941. She was built by Vickers-Armstrongs at High Walker Yard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, and saw service in the Atlantic theatre of World War II.
Marne in May 1942
|Builder:||Vickers-Armstrong, Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Laid down:||23 October 1939|
|Launched:||30 October 1940|
|Commissioned:||2 December 1941|
|Fate:||Sold to the Turkish Navy on 26 March 1959, renamed Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak|
|Name:||Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak|
|Acquired:||26 March 1959|
|General characteristics (as built)|
|Class and type:||M-class destroyer|
|Length:||362 ft 3 in (110.4 m) (o/a)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11.3 m)|
|Draught:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Speed:||36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)|
|Range:||5,500 nmi (10,200 km; 6,300 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
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The destroyer depot ships Hecla and Vindictive with the escort ships Venomous and Marne, were part of a convoy as part of Operation Torch west of Gibraltar. On 12 November 1942 the German submarine U-515 torpedoed and sunk Hecla, and minutes later fired two more torpedoes and badly damaged Marne, blowing off her stern. Michael Flanders, who was to become the famous actor and writer, was serving on board as part of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve.
Following the Second World War Marne, along with three other ships of the same class, was transferred to the Turkish Navy as part of an agreement signed at Ankara on 16 August 1957. They underwent a refit which involved the removal of the after set of torpedo tubes and some secondary armament. They received a new deckhouse and Squid anti-submarine weapons system. On 29 June 1959 they were handed over at Portsmouth. Marne was renamed Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak, after Fevzi Çakmak (1876–1950), the Turkish Mareşal (Field Marshal) and Prime Minister.
The ship remained in service with the Turkish Navy until 1970, when she was discarded and scrapped.
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