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The Royal Naval Patrol Service at war
Minesweepers Under Attack by John Hamilton
"In the accounts already published about the Battle of the Atlantic and the long struggle against the U-boats, attention is not unnaturally focused more upon famous destroyer captains and the dashing individuals who later commanded the fast, well-equiped ships of the specially formed submarine-hunting groups, such as Walker of Western Approaches. Little of the limelight falls upon the anti-submarrine trawlers of the RN. Patrol Service. Yet these humble, unglamorous little ships with their slow speed, limited armament and comparatively untrained crews were to prove just as much of a headache to the Nazi U-boat fleet as their bigger sisters in the Navy's general service.'

A.Cecil Hampshire "The Lilliput Fleet" 1957

RNPS Badge The most important distinction given to the Royal Naval Patrol Service was an exclusive silver badge. Officers and men of the Patrol Service were awarded this badge after a total of six months service at sea. Read More ....
Protecting The Convoys Over 500 convoys sailed over the course of the war (one every three days).This required almost superhuman effort to maintain the' Life Line' Read More ....
A "big ship battle" in miniature was how it was described in the Lloyd's List and Shipping Gazette of January 26, 1945 - 5 trawlers taking the parts of battleships- Read More ....