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Warships 1996 (view technical specs)
The Miniature sheet of 4 stamps is the fourth on the series of Warships stamps issued from 1993-1997.
This miniature sheet features warships that have visited Gibraltar throughout the Royal Navy's historical ties with Gibraltar. Featured ships are HMS Starling, HMS Royalist, USS Philadelphia and HMCS Prescott
HMS Starling (U66) was a modified black Swan class sloop of the Royal Navy. She was built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company at Govan, Scotland, launched on 14 October 1942, and commissioned on 1 April 1943.
In the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II, Starling was the flagship of Captain Frederic John Walker's 2nd support group, a flotilla of six sloops not tied down to convoy protection, but free to hunt down U-boats wherever found. The other ships of the group were HMS Cygnet, HMS Kite, HMS Wild Goose, HMS Woodpecker and HMS Wren
Starling was scrapped in 1965. (Source wikipedia)
|Illustration / Photography:||Illustration|
|Printer:||Walsall Security Printers|
|Stamp size:||118 x 84mm|
|Stamp Values:||5p, 25p, 49p, 54p|