Naval Force ‘J’. The Ferry Service. The Naval Officer in Charge had operational control of the various craft of the Ferry Service which operated between ships and shore. The Ferry Service itself was commanded by a Principal Ferry Control Officer. He had two Senior Officers Ferry Control, one for the unloading of motor transport and one for the unloading of stores. Principal Ferry Craft Control Officer. The Principal Ferry Craft Control Officer was responsible for the allocation and operation of all ferry craft. He was responsible to the Naval officer in Charge for the execution of the unloading programme decided by the Naval Officer in Charge and the Commander 102 Beach Sub Area. He was also responsible for the inward and outward movement of coasters between the discharging berths and the sailing areas. Principal Ferry Control Craft Control Officer had the use of a Landing Craft Headquarters which was anchored near the Headquarters of the Assault Force Commander on HMS Hilary. Senior Officers Ferry Craft. There were two Senior Officers Ferry Craft, each with separate responsibilities. Senior Officer Ferry Craft 1 was responsible the execution of the programme for unloading motor transport ships and for the ferry craft assigned to this duty. Senior Officer Ferry Craft 2 was responsible the execution of the programme for unloading store ships and for the ferry craft assigned to this duty. Each of the Senior Officers Ferry Craft had a Landing Craft Infantry (Small) as a headquarters. That of Senior Officer Ferry Craft 1 was anchored near the Landing Craft Headquarters of Deputy Assault Group Commander Mike, to the west of the ferry craft area and convenient for the motor transport beach. That of Senior Officer Ferry Craft 2 was anchored near the Landing Craft Headquarters of Deputy Assault Group Commander Mike, to the east of the ferry craft area and convenient for the stores beach. Ferry craft included LCMs, LCVPs, LCT and LBVs. These could be used for vehicles or stores. Most could also be used for landing personnel but after the early hours this was mostly the role of LCI(L). Army units operated DUKWs and Rhino Ferries. Gradually the Rhinos were supplemented, and then replaced, by PBRs (Powered Barge, Ramped) and TID tugs. Rhinos, PBRs and TIDs were operated by army Inland Water Transport Companies, RE. Senior Officer Ferry Base. There was a Senior Officer Ferry Base responsible for the administration, maintenance, discipline and welfare of ferry craft and their crews. He was also responsible for the provision of relief craft and crews and for the allocation of despatch craft. He controlled the depot ships for the various ferry craft and also controlled the anchorage for ferry craft in the lee of Gooseberry 4. Headquarters was on the depot ship Ascanius. The Ferry Service retained all surviving LCT5, LCT(A), LCT(CB and LCT(HE). This was expected to amount to up to eighteen craft from the two flotillas. In fact casualties were heavier than expected on all British beaches. In Force ‘J’ three were sunk, seven were badly damaged and eight were damaged or disabled. Because of these losses each beach was permitted to retain up to twenty LCTs from the Shuttle Service. Three and a half flotillas of British manned LCT5 from the US Western Task Force transferred to Force ‘J’ after the assault but did not arrive until late on D+2. Later an unknown number of USN LCT5 and LCT6 were also transferred from the Western Task Force. Mike.