This was the British naval delivery of stores and relief personnel to Spitsbergen island to the north of German-occupied Norway (16/24 June 1944).
The light cruiser Jamaica loaded stores and personnel, together with the vehicle landing craft with which to land them, at Greenock in the Clyde river between 14 and 16 June. The destroyers Wager and Whelp departed the Skálafjørður, in the Færoe islands group, on 17 June to join the cruiser as she headed to the north. The three ships reached Spitsbergen on 20 June. Unloading took seven hours, and the ships then departed to reach Scapa Flow in the Orkney islands group on 24 June after uneventful passages in each direction.
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