Monday, May 9, 2011
HMS Queen Elizabeth at Craney Island
Italian naval commandos severly damaged the 33,000-ton warship on December 18, 1941. The commandos mined Queen Elizabeth and the battleship HMS Warspite during a daring raid on the two ships' Alexandria, Egypt anchorage. The Royal Navy conducted some temporary repairs on Queen Elizabeth, but only enough to allow the battleship to make it across the Atlantic Ocean to Hampton Roads. The battleship was one of many Royal Navy ships Norfolk Naval Shipyard repaired during World War II.