Coventry Telegraph: "Cross Of Nails From HMS Coventry Goes To RN's Newest Warship"

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As a postscript, it was a Royal Navy saturation diving team led by Lt Cdr (later Cdr) Mike Kooner RN (CO of MV Stena Seaspread and OIC Naval Party 2002) that recovered sensitive items from the wreck of HMS Coventry 10 miles north of Pebble Island. The operation was undertaken between 13 October 1982 and 2 January 1983.

At the request of Coventry's Commanding Officer, Captain David Hart Dyke LVO, RN, the divers also recovered his ceremonial sword and telescope, now on display in the RN Museum in Portsmouth, as well as the cross of nails from Coventry Cathedral, presented in 1978 when the ship was commissioned. Lt Cdr Kooner was subsequently appointed an MBE and PO(D) Michael 'Harry' Harrison was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM). PO(D) Harrison was lucky to escape serious injury when a build-up of gases caused an explosion in the compartment where he was working and cracked the reinforced face plate of his diving mask.

Miranda Hart, the well award-winning comedienne, is Captain Hart-Dyke's daughter of course.
 

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