UNITED KINGDOM investigates WW2 shipwreck looting claims

HMS Repulse pictured in 1939 Symbol copyright Getty Photographs Symbol caption The spoil of the Royal Navy battleship HMS Repulse was once suggested to have been damaged or destroyed through thieves

the united kingdom will look into allegations that British International Warfare wrecks in Asia were centered by scavengers, the defence secretary says.

Gavin Williamson stated he was “very involved” to hear claims that four shipwrecks off the Malaysian and Indonesian coasts were looted.

The Mail on Sunday stated HMS Tien Kwang, HMS Kuala, HMS Banka and SS Loch Ranza had been targeted for his or her metal.

They are concept to be the graves of Royal Navy sailors and civilians.

It comes after six wrecks, including Royal Military battleship HMS Prince of Wales and battlecruiser HMS Repulse, had been pronounced to have been damaged or destroyed through thieves.

Symbol copyright PA Symbol caption Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson stated he was once “very involved” to hear the claims

The HMS Prince of Wales, where Churchill and Roosevelt signed the Atlantic Constitution, which defined the Allied aims for the arena after the conflict, and HMS Repulse both sank off the Malaysian coast, on 10 December 1941 and are the last resting places of greater than 830 Royal Military sailors.

The ships were discovered to had been damaged via scavengers in 2014.

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