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After four and a half years of
war against Germany and the Axis forces, Britain began to assemble fighting
forces to operate against the Japanese in the Pacific and Indian oceans.
Officially formed in November 1944 these were the new British Pacific Fleet
(BPF) and the restructured Eastern Fleet which became the East Indies Fleet
Both the BPF and EIF
comprised of combat vessels from Commonwealth countries and merchant
mariners from many more nations. The BPF was a truly international mix
of men and ships collected together over a period of fourteen months.
Operating under unfamiliar conditions it provided a British striking
force to participate alongside the US pacific Fleet in its operations
against mainland Japan. The EIF was to operate against the Japanese in
Indian Ocean, Burma, Sumatra and Malaya.
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17 September 2014
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