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Surrendered Enemy Ships

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1945

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if surrendered enemy warships are now regarded as His Majesty's ships; and if it is proposed to employ such units as the heavy cruisers "Prinz Eugen" and "Nurnberg," in the war against Japan.

No, Sir. A number of the surrendered German ships are, however, wearing the White Ensign, indicating that they are now in the custody of the Royal Navy. No decision has yet been taken as to the disposal or employment of the ships named by my hon. and gallant Friend.