Allied Warships

HMS Osiris (N 67)

Submarine of the O class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassO 
PennantN 67 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered2 Dec 1926 
Laid down12 May 1927 
Launched19 May 1928 
Commissioned25 Jan 1929 
End service7 Mar 1945 
History

Decommissioned at Kilindini on 7 March 1945.

Sold to be broken up for scrap in September 1945. Scrapped at Durban, South Africa.

 

Commands listed for HMS Osiris (N 67)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Richard Sheridan-Patterson, RN2 Aug 1939Apr 1940
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) John Robert Garstin Harvey, RNApr 1940Feb 1941
3Lt. Cyril Astell Pardoe, RNRFeb 194115 Apr 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Thomas Tod Euman, RN15 Apr 19415 Sep 1941
5Lt. Compton Patrick Norman, RN5 Sep 194118 Sep 1941
6Lt. Russell Stanhope Brookes, DSC, RN18 Sep 1941Apr 1942

7Lt. Arthur George Chandler, RNRDec 194219 Jan 1943
8Lt. Paul Seymour Skelton, RN19 Jan 1943Mar 1943
9Lt. Arthur George Chandler, RNRMar 1943mid 1943
10T/Lt. Maurice Herbert Atkinson, RNRmid 19437 Mar 1945

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The history of HMS Osiris as compiled on this page is extracted from the patrol reports and logbooks of this submarine.

This page was last updated in August 2017.

27 Aug 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) departed Portsmouth for Malta where she was to join the Mediterranean Fleet.

For the daily positions of HMS Osiris during this passage see the map below.

(1)

31 Aug 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) arrived at Gibraltar from Portsmouth. She departed for Malta later the same day. (1)

4 Sep 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) arrived at Malta. (2)

13 Sep 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (2)

14 Sep 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (2)

19 Sep 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (2)

21 Sep 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (2)

26 Sep 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (2)

27 Sep 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) conducted exercises off Malta. (2)

28 Sep 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) departed Malta for Alexandria.

For the daily positions of HMS Osiris during this passage see the map below. No position van be displayed for 1 October 1939 as there is no log available for this month.

(2)

30 Sep 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) arrived at Alexandria. As there is no log available for October 1939 the exact movements of HMS Osiris are unknown to us. She was stationed at Alexandria for the whole of October. (2)

1 Nov 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (3)

2 Nov 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (3)

8 Nov 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta.

For the daily positions of HMS Osiris during this passage see the map below.

(3)

13 Nov 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) arrived at Malta. (3)

14 Nov 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) is docked at Malta for a refit. (3)

12 Dec 1939
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) was undocked. (4)

8 Mar 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) departed Malta for Alexandria. (5)

13 Mar 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) arrived at Alexandria. Her exact movements while based at Alexandria during March / April 1940 are for the moment unknown to us. (5)

14 Apr 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (5)

17 Apr 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. R. Sheridan-Patterson, RN) arrived at Malta. (5)

3 May 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) conducted exercises off Malta. (6)

9 May 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) departed Malta for Alexandria.

For the daily positions of HMS Osiris during this passage see the map below.

(6)

13 May 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) arrived at Alexandria. (6)

15 May 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (6)

16 May 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (6)

22 May 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (6)

24 May 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (6)

27 May 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (6)

29 May 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (6)

31 May 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) departed Alexandria for her 1st war patrol. Her exact movements are currently unknown to us but she most likely patrolled in the Aegean.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (6)

21 Jun 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) ended her 1st war patrol at Alexandria. (5)

29 Jun 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) departed Alexandria for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (5)

23 Jul 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) ended her 2nd war patrol at Alexandria. (5)

2 Aug 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) departed Alexandria for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the southern Adriatic.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (5)

16 Aug 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) sank the Italian merchant Morea (1968 GRT, built 1918) about 50 nautical miles west of Durazzo, Albania. The Morea twice evaded torpedoes fired so she was sunk with gunfire. No further details regarding this attack are currently known to us as there is neither log nor patrol report available for this patrol.

24 Aug 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) ended her 3rd war patrol at Malta. At Malta she was docked for repairs but the exact dates are for the moment not known to us. (5)

9 Sep 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the southern Adriatic.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (5)

22 Sep 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) torpedoed and sank the Italian torpedo boat Palestro (889 tons, built 1921) about 40 nautical miles west of Durazzo, Albania in position 41°19'N, 18°34'E. No further details regarding this attack are currently known to us as there is neither log nor patrol report available for this patrol.

1 Oct 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) ended her 4th war patrol at Alexandria. (5)

12 Oct 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) departed Alexandria for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Cape Colonne, Italy.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (5)

17 Oct 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) is ordered to patrol off Benghazi, Libya.

3 Nov 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) ended her 5th war patrol at Alexandria. (5)

16 Nov 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) departed Alexandria for her 6th war patrol. No further details are known to us at the moment.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (5)

7 Dec 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) ended her 6th war patrol at Alexandria. (5)

22 Dec 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) departed Alexandria for Malta. Osiris was to proceed to the U.K. to refit.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (5)

29 Dec 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) arrived at Malta. (5)

31 Dec 1940
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) departed Malta for Gibraltar.

For the daily position of HMS Osiris during this passage see the map below.

(5)

9 Jan 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) arrived at Gibraltar. (7)

14 Jan 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth.

For the daily positions of HMS Osiris during this passage see the map below.

(8)

21 Jan 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) arrived at Portsmouth. (8)

23 Jan 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) departed Portsmouth for the Chatham Dockyard. (7)

24 Jan 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) damaged her Asdic dome when she hit a submerged object. Her A/S Cabinet was flooded and she was unable to dive. She put into Dover to inspect the damage. She continued her passage to the Chatham Dockyard early the next day escorted by the MS trawler HMS John Cattling (Skr. G.R. Burwood, RNR). (7)

25 Jan 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. J.R.G. Harvey, RN (retired)) arrived at the Chatham Dockyard where she was to refit. (7)

23 May 1941
With her refit completed, HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN), shifted from Chatham to Sheerness. (9)

24 May 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) departed Sheerness for Holy Loch. For the fist days Osiris took passage in east coast convoys. On the 27th the brand new corvette HMS Lavender (Lt.Cdr. J. Whayman, RNR) joined her to escort her towards the Clyde area. (9)

29 May 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a training period. (9)

14 Jun 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Cowell, DSC, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (5)

21 Jun 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (5)

25 Jun 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (5)

3 Jul 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) arrived at Malta. (5)

9 Jul 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) departed Malta for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the west coast of Greece.

For the daily and attack positions during this patrol see the map below.

(10)

14 Jul 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) damaged the Italian merchant Capo d'Orso (3149 GRT, built 1916) with gunfire off Argostolion, Kefalonia Island, Greece.

0240 hours - The officer of the watch sighted, what he thought, at first, to be a convoy of four ships bearing 175 degrees, range 2.5 nautical miles. Closed to investigate. Soon afterwards the contact was seen to be a 9000 tons merchant vessel in ballast. Started attack.

0324 hours - In position 38°28'N, 19°55'E fired four torpedoes from 1500 yards. No hits were obtained. The second torpedo broke surface and turned a circle to starboard and passed about 40 yards down the submarines starboard side.

0344 hours - Opened fire with the 4" gun from a range of 2000 yards. Several hits were obtained before return fire from the enemy forced Osiris to break off the action.

0345 hours - Dived. (10)

15 Jul 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) attacked a laden merchant vessel south of Argostoli, Greece with a total of four torpedoes. No hits were obtained. The target was the Italian Città di Savona (2500 GRT, built 1930) which was en-route from Patras to Argostoli.

1809 hours - Sighted a laden merchant vessel of about 4000 tons four nautical miles away against the land by Cape Skinari. Started attack.

1841 hours - In position 37°59'N, 20°34'E fired three torpedoes from 5500 yards. No hits were obtained.

1856 hours - Fired one torpedo from 6500 yards. It missed. (10)

23 Jul 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Alexandria. Lt.Cdr. Euman was criticised for failing to sink two unescorted merchant vessels due to failed attack setups. (10)

7 Aug 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) departed Alexandria for her 1st storage trip to Malta.

For the daily positions of HMS Osiris during this storage trip see the map below.

(11)

15 Aug 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) arrived at Malta. (11)

19 Aug 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) is docked at Malta. (11)

24 Aug 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) is undocked. (11)

5 Sep 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) departed Malta for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to make a short patrol off Ras el Hilal and Ras Aamer.

For the daily positions of HMS Osiris during this patrol see the map below.

(12)

12 Sep 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Alexandria. (12)

20 Sep 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for her 9th war patrol. She was to conduct a special operation.

For the daily positions during this patrol see the map below.

(12)

25 Sep 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) closed the pick-up position (near Skoutari, Greece) where about 40 English soldiers were to be picked up. They however did not show up at the rendes-vous. (12)

30 Sep 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Alexandria. HMS Osiris had developed serious engine defects and would require major repairs before she would be fit for further patrols. (12)

10 Dec 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (13)

17 Dec 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (13)

18 Dec 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (13)

20 Dec 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (13)

21 Dec 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (13)

22 Dec 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol north of Crete.

For the daily positions of HMS Osiris during this patrol see the map below. No positions are known for all days during this patrol therefore the map is incomplete.

(13)

28 Dec 1941
On surfacing after dark, HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) had an electrical malfuncion which resulted in her navigation lights buring brilliantly. The enemy must have noticed this as A/S forces began a hunt in the area. Osiris therefore shifted her patrol area to Candia. (13)

30 Dec 1941
Late in the morning, HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN), was depth charged by what is thought to be an enemy destroyer / torpedo boat off Suda Bay. Lt. Brookes thought Osiris might have been detected by loops near Suda Bay. (13)

2 Jan 1942
Late in the evening, HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN), suffered from a major engine defect. The starboard thrust block ran hot. (14)

3 Jan 1942
Af few hours after the starboard thrust block ran hot on board HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN), the port thrust block also ran hot. Osiris was then helpless for four hours in a heavy sea, eleven miles from an enemy lee shore. This was the beginning of a long series of defects. (14)

4 Jan 1942
At 0650 hours, Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN decided to abandon the patrol due to the many serious defects. HMS Osiris then set course towards Alexandria. (14)

6 Jan 1942
At 2255 hours, HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN), suffered another major engine defect when her starboard main engine seized solid. By now both main moters were out of action due to flooding. Only the port main engine was now left for propulsion. (14)

7 Jan 1942
HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Alexandria. Again she needed major repairs which would take a long time.

Shortly before arriving at Alexandria the sole means of propulsion left to HMS Osiris also had a major malfuntion. Osiris was now towed into the harbour. (14)

11 Apr 1942
HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria under tow by the tug HMS Brigand for Port Said. (5)

12 Apr 1942
HMS Osiris (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said. (5)

27 Mar 1943
After a long period of repairs, HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR), conducted trials of Port Said.

In early 1942 it had even been intended to scrap HMS Osiris but the engineering staff of the 1st Submarine Flotilla were not ready to give up. When they got some time to spare they worked on getting HMS Osiris in fighting condition again. (15)

29 Mar 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) departed Port Said for Beirut. (15)

31 Mar 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) arrived at Beirut. (15)

4 Apr 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) conducted exercises off Beirut. (16)

5 Apr 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) conducted exercises off Beirut. (16)

6 Apr 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) conducted exercises off Beirut. (16)

9 Apr 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) conducted exercises off Beirut. (16)

22 Jun 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) conducted exercises off Beirut. (17)

23 Jun 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) departed Beirut for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to make a short patrol in the Aegean.

For the daily and attack position of HMS Osiris during this patrol see the map below.

(8)

27 Jun 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) sank the Greek (in Italian service) sailing vessel Vittorina (11 GRT) with gunfire north of Crete in position 36°12'N, 26°45'E.

(All times are zone -3)
1341 hours - Sighted a small 50 tons caique flying the Greek ensign. Closed submerged.

1414 hours - Surfaced. The caique was now close inshore. Opened fire with the 4" gun from 4000 yards.

1432 hours - The caique was sunk and a large number of full drums of oil and wooden cases and crates floated off.

1437 hours - Dived in position 36°12'N, 26°45'E. (8)

28 Jun 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) damaged the Italian caique RODI 1690 / Palermo about 5 nautical miles south-west of Piskopi (approximately 36°19'N, 27°26'E).

(All times are zone -3)
0430 hours - In position 180°, Kinduno Point (Piskopi), 4 nautical miles, sighted a 25 tons caique about 2 nautical miles to the south-east. Gave chase and closed. Opened fire from a range of 600 yards. Scored several hits. The crew then abandoned ship in a small boat.

0444 hours - Dived for an approaching aircraft.

0515 hours - Came to periscope depth. Saw the caique being sailed under foresail only and in a damaged condition towards Kinduna Point. (8)

2 Jul 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) ended her 11th war patrol at Beirut. (8)

19 Jul 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) conducted exercises off Beirut. (18)

20 Jul 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) departed Beirut for Port Said. This was the first leg of the trip towards Kilindini.

For the daily positions during the passage Beirut - Kilindini see the map below.

(8)

23 Jul 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) arrived at Port Said where she was immediately docked. (8)

28 Jul 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) is undocked. (8)

30 Jul 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) transited the Suez Canal southbound and arrived at Suez. (8)

31 Jul 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) departed Suez for Aden. (8)

5 Aug 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) arrived at Aden. (8)

10 Aug 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) participated in A/S exercises off Aden. (8)

11 Aug 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) departed Aden for Kilindini. After a few hours a major engine defect forced Osiris to return to Aden. (8)

15 Aug 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) departed Aden for Kilindini. (8)

25 Aug 1943
HMS Osiris (Lt. A.G. Chandler, RNR) arrived at Kilindini. From this port she participated in A/S exercises until she was decomissioned on 7 March 1945. (8)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15849
  2. ADM 173/15850
  3. ADM 173/15851
  4. ADM 173/15852
  5. ADM 199/2564
  6. ADM 173/16372
  7. ADM 173/16833
  8. ADM 199/1831
  9. ADM 173/16837
  10. ADM 199/1150
  11. ADM 173/16838
  12. ADM 173/16839
  13. ADM 173/16842
  14. ADM 173/17324
  15. ADM 173/17878
  16. ADM 173/17879
  17. ADM 173/17881
  18. ADM 173/17882

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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