Operation Fretsaw

This was a British naval operation against German shipping along the coast of German-occupied Norway (20/23 December 1944).

The objective of this undertaking, which was carried out under the command of Vice Admiral F. H. G. Dalrymple-Hamilton, second in command of the Home fleet, was the destruction of German shipping around Stadlandet, and the British forces involved were the escort carrier Trumpeter, heavy cruiser Norfolk, light cruiser Mauritius, light anti-aircraft cruiser Diadem, and destroyers Myngs, Obedient, Orwell, Savage, Scorpion, Serapis, Zealous and Canadian Sioux.

No shipping was encountered and a demonstration of force was made in that area to create alarm and to dislocate German convoy arrangements before the operation had to be brought to a premature end by the arrival of adverse weather.