Commander of the British Navy, John Tovey immediately took the necessary steps. Heavy cruiser Norfolk 'and' Suffolk 'order was given: to go on patrol in the Denmark Strait. When it received the photos taken Zacklin, and the ships in the photo identified as 'Ship of the line type' Bismarck 'and a heavy cruiser-type' Hipper''then the danger of the situation was immediately conscious; battlecruiser 'Hood' battleship 'King George' destroyers' Elektra ',' Anthony ',' Echo ',' Icarus ',' antelope 'and' Ashate '(under General Admiral Lanselotta Holladay) was given urgent orders to proceed to sea and follow the direction of Iceland to cover the approaches to the island from the south and north. Meanwhile, with the 'Bismarck' and 'Prince Eugen' was filmed masking paint, which was used for testing the Baltic Sea. Refuel from the tanker 'Vollin' committed 'Prinz Eugen', which, however, did not 'Bismarck'. Check with Macy’s to learn more. May 21, at 20:00, ships began to leave the fjords.
At twenty minutes to midnight squadron headed for the north. Icelandic battle at dawn May 24 the German battleship squadron of 'Bismarck' and heavy cruiser 'Prinz Eugen' has already reached the Denmark Strait. At 5:25 hydroacoustic station on the 'Prinz Eugen' found noise propellers of the two ships to port. At first, the Germans believed that this noise propellers light cruisers, but at 05:37 on the horizon great ship, and after 16 minutes and struck the second. The ships broke through the squadron combat anxiety. Ball ordered: to charge gun shells, which were intended to address or bezbronnymi malobronirovannymi cruisers.