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It is into that at the time of my visit l the air squadrons were not embarked and the various messes with their threeticred bunks would present a l dillercnt picture whenperhaps they were in use. l but compared with aircraft carriers of‘ the past the deck head seemed much higher and there was such cleanliness and space that it would be dilliciilt to fault this aspect of the ship. The ofliecrs and ratings to whom I l spoke were. in the main, full of admiration for her comfort and habitability. It is said that the way to a man's An excellent photograph of the flight deck of ll.M.S. llemies taken when the ship was on trial-5 ,heart is through his stomach. and in this connection the facilities provided This happy photograph of the First Sea Lord. Admiral Sir Charles Lambe, in the ship for producing lirst-class was taken as he was going down the fore-hatch of the USS. George meals are admirable. The Chief Petty Washington-—the United States first nuclear-powered fleet ballistic-missile Officer Cook informed me that at every submarine. (Photo: General DynamicsCorporation. Groton.Conn.) meal the ship's company had the structure of the Forces is also to be choice of several dishes. and a close reviewed. inspection of the dinner served on the day of my visit showed the ship's comis understood that the Minister of pany had no cause whatsoever for Defence. in collaboration with the complaint. This was borne out by the Service Chiefs, is preparing it review ratings with whom Lspoltc. the pay of the Services which will be Those who had served in previous of laid before Parliament shortly. the about carriers enthusiastic were development of marine nuclear propul- living conditions on board. and I It will be remembered that the T was announced on January 6 that SIOII. Grigg Report of i948 recommended a the Queen had approved the nominathe long run the number of found that those who felt a little review of Service pay every two years. tion of the Ven. John Henry Lawrence URING his visit to Scotland lain orders ior warships that are placed "crowded" were those who had spent The pension rates are also due for Phillips. Archdeacon of Nottingham to month. Mr. Orr-Ewing, Civil Lord in British shipyards by the Royal their previous service in such places review this year. be the new Bishop of Portsmouth in Station. Naval Air a as Royal of the i\diuiralt_v. said at Dounreay. Navy. Commonwealth and foreign big pay rises are not ex- succession to the former Bishop, Dr. Since H.M.S. Hcmics commissioned Although that the launching date for Dread- countriis. will certainly be affected pected. there has been a general in- W. L. S. Fleming who has been on November 25 she has had a “shatteBritain's first inthe with which 3.000 we can nought. tons. speed by crease in the rates of pay to civilians transferred to Norwich. four where down" cruise Gibraltar. to will be the latest developments. nuclear-powered submarine, corporate over recent years and some increase is Archdeacon Phillips became in her back to She were days spent. came "within month the next announced or Nuclear propulsion must be the most R.N.V.R. Chaplain in 1942 and served more than possible. Christmas leave, home to give port two." outstanding of these." The question of the promotion for three years as such. at which the were raging gates skirting He said it was of the utmost imIt will be a great day for the Royal that time. but both officers and men portance for the contractors at Navy in general. and the submarine stated Dounrcay “to realize the urgent need commanil in particular when Dread- well. that the ship behaved extremely for llritain to press ahead with her nought takes the water. Since Christmas the ship has been j engaged in various harbour trials and i in storing and ammunilioning. with :1 short trip to Plymouth. where the 200 "'\Ve.sl Country men" enjoyed a welcome break. So t'ar. of course. there have been no .-\ir Squadrons on board. and the flying trials are not expected to take place 4 until after Easter. In the meantime the ship is expected to proceed to sea for 1 further trials. If these trials take them lo a foreign port. those on board will have well earned a short respite. lt is perhaps a little early to refer to the ship as a "happy ship"—:ifter all. the squadrons have yet to eml-iark—but alter everything I saw and heard on ‘I : t board. the ship will. without question. 4 be known as the "Happy llermcs."

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returns home frigate H.M.S. Loch Ruthvcn Tllli (Cdr. R. l.. livcleigh. D.S.C.. R.N.) returned to Devonport on February 2 after nearly a year's service in the Persian Gulf.

NEW OFFICE BLOCK FOR ROSYTH block, estimated to cost a quarter of a million pounds. is to be built at Rosyth. During his visit to Scotland. Mr. Orr-Ewing. Civil Lord of the Admiralty. said the firs! wing of N ollicc

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EDITORIAL N page i appears a photograph of the First Sea l.ord. Admiral Sir Charles l.ambe, on board the United States submarine George \\’;tshington. the first American nuclear-potvered. Fleet ballistic-missilesubmarine, which was laid down in November, I957, attd launched in June. I959. The tire power of the George Washington is so tremendous that the mind boggles at it. This submarine can carry 16 “Polaris" missiles—these are about 30 feet long. 50 inches diameter and have a range of l.S00 miles. It has been estimated that these, fitted with nuclear warheads. have a fire power more than equal to the total weight of bombs dropped by the United States forces in the Pacific area of operations during the Second World War. Of course. the cost of building the George Washington has been enormous. but. when compared with ."convcntioual" ships and arms. the building of her has been an ccoitomic proposition. One such ship could do more harm to an enemy's war potential than squadrons of carrier-borne aircraft operating frotu several carriers. which would need destroyer escorts. oilcrs. and so on. Yet Great Britain has one nuclearpowered submarine—-on the drawing board —or. at any rate. only just oil it. Throttgltotit our long history the Royal Navy has cnstired the stirvival of this country. and its cost can only be regarded as a premium paid to insure against possible eventualitics. We have been called a "Nation of Shopkecpers"—how wrong can one be? The nation has shown. time and time again. that the sea is in the blood. and if the facts are put squarely before the people of Great Britain the money to pay the ‘premium will be forth-

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King spoke of the apparent disparity between the nuntber of public school boys and State Grammar School boys selected for oilicer cadetships III‘ the Services. at disparity which. he ntaintained, was ntore mztrlsed in the Navy

than in the other two Services. in developing his contention that} perhaps ever before in history. Moreequality of op ortunity was not yet. over, since the war, the career struccompletely rca ised. it is noteworthy’ turc. pay. allowances and pensions are that Doctor King had, from his own all vastly improved. personal observations, nothing but Any lowering of standards. howpraise for the methods of the Admir- ever. is unthinkable. In fact. in this inBoard; "for the patient, creasingly technical age, thc_ Navy's alty interview painstaking and completely fair way in view of its ollieer candidates is. more which it sets about the formidable than ever. that the best is scarcely

task of discovering which youngsters good enough. aged I6 are worthy of btlng ghosen for a course which eventually leads to The keepers of Eddystone ‘lighta much-coveted commission." in summing up the debate the Civil house were relieved at the beginning our defence. I am very proud of our count "5 Lord (Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing) stressed of January. three weeks late. owing to Naval history but I can't ltclp feelin both the excellent career that awaits the continued bad weather. that we are falling behind other Oflicers in the Royal Navy and the fact that we want boys with brains nations as a Naval power. Our and with character from every and Government and Defence chiefs are more concerned iit saving money. titan any type of school. He acknowledged that boys from independent schools 1 building ships, of which we are are at present applying in much desperately sltort and which are greater numbers. In I959, for instance. absolutely essential to us as an island I67 applied from independent schools nation. it we are to survive. and only 84 from maintained grammar Yours f:titht'ully. schools‘. G. B.-XRRIIS .\ll-ZRF.DlTll An Interview Board, however. can. I8 Attlee Way, only deal with the material that comes 5 Cefr Golan, it. The problem is really a far} before Trcdegar. wider one, that of bringing a Naval' -' career before the eyes of the youth of the country as a whole: in short, of "putting the Navy across.“ It was with this end in view that some I50: IR.-—0ne thing has recently cottte Headmasters. together with a number: to light in connection with the of Careers Masters, were invited to :i _;i:ruiscr Liverpool now looking very Conference. held at the Royal Naval much the vvorse for wear at Bo'ness. College, Greenwich. on January 8. The A friend of urine. standing on the meeting. organised jointly by the three quarterdeclr, looking up at the guns of Services. was addressed by the Minis-: "Y" turret. noticed something under ter of Defence, the Right Honourable‘ the canvas tied over the muzzle of the Harold Watkinson. MP. A similar? centre gun. gathering of hcadmastcrs took place Further showed that a few days earlier at Westminster Lieut. Peter John Messery, M.B.E., each gun ofinvestigation "Y" turret had a wooden County Hall and was addressed by the R.N.. photographed during the div- tampion screwed to the wooden plug. Chief of the Defence Staff. Admiral ing operations on a sunken Japanese and painted with a golden scroll and oi the Fleet Lord Mountbatten. The submarine in Singapore Roads and the Liver bird in black on a white schools will thus hear. at first hand. for which he was awarded the of the roles of the Services. of the George Medal as reported in blackground. The probable explanation is that the advantages of a Service career and of Januar-y's Nltvv NEWS. At a depth quarterdcck was used for some cerethe various methods of entry. of 42 feet working in complete dark- monial occasion when the "Liverpool" It is to be hoped that as a result oft ness which, under nomtal circumwas headquarters of Senior Otlicer these meetings many more boys will‘ stances. would have made any diving Reserve Fleet, and as the ornamental come to learn of the excellent opporoperation highly dangerous. he used brass and copper tampions were in the tunities the Navy ollers. For indeed. a tIa_me cutter within inches of tons Naval stores. the wooden painted ones the Royal Navy today oifers a career of high explosive to remove six live were provided to give the quartcrdeck as satisfying and ntorc varicd than! torpedoes from the submarine. a touch of l't.‘:lIiSI'll.

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Liverpool Nautical Researclt Society. 28 F.xchange Street Iiast, Liverpool 2.

Rememberihe old Dreadnought ?

WONDER if you could help us? We have just completed erecting our own hcadqttarters._whtch will be oflicially opened In either April or May. We have adopted the name

Dreai.lnougltt." and are now seeking any photographs or information on either the old “l)readnottght." or any of ltcr class. Although it's rather :1 forlorn hope. we are extremely anstotts to get either one of the original ship-3 crests. or a drawing and description ot the saute. Would it be possible therefore. to

mention the above. hoping that among your many readers there may be a few that can help us over this last_ stage of what has been a long and dtllicult struggle to own "a Ship of otir own.‘

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Pendant Numbers of H.M.S. Zulu lR.—Thank you for the monthly issue of Navv Nrzws. I find it very interesting to read oi “old ships." Please let me know when my subscription is due. One little question I would like to ask you is this. Can you tell me the Pendant numbers of H.M.S. Zulu. sunk on September 1-1. I942? l was one of the survivors. but am afraid I have forgotten her numhers. (I do believe that they were Gl8.) Please let me know if possible. Yours.

WILFRFD SILK. Tliame Park llouse. Thame.

SUBMARINE COMMAND H.M.S. Blackpool, April l2, at Chat- ll.\l.S. Solebtl '. June 8.atPortsmouth_ H.M.S. Leopard, August. at PortsH.M.S. Sea Devil, April, at Malta for ham. for General Service Commis- for Service Cotnmission. mouth, for _Gi:ncral Service Comservice on Mediterranean Station. sion Homc,lEast of Suez (24 Home/lllediterraneah (2! months). mission. Homcisouth Atlantic and months). U.l(. Base Port, Ports- U.K. Base Port. Portsmouth. South America (24 months). U.K. mouth. H.M.S. Jtine Cavalier, at 24. Singapore. Base Port. Portsmouth. GENERAL ll.M.S. Loch Ruthven. April 28. at for Service Foreign (Far East). H.M.S. Koppel, August. at Chatham, H.M.S. Lynx, February I6. at Ports- Devonport. for General Service Victorious, June, at Ports- for Home Sea Service. U.K. Base mouth, for General Service Com- Commission. Home/Arabian Seas H.M.S. mouth. for General Service Com- Port, Portsmouth. mission (Home/South America and and Persian Gulf (18 months). U.l(. mission. Homeiiiast of Suez (I9 ILMS. Loch Alvie. Attgtist I6 at South Atlantic) (24 months). U.K. Base Port. Devonport. months). U.K. llase Port, PortsDevonport for trials. (Conttitissions Base Port. Portsmouth, H.M.S. Cassandra, April 2(. at Chatmouth. September 27 for General Service H.M.S. Bronington, February I0. at ham for Foreign Service (Far East). ll..\l.S. Protector. June. for General (Home/Arabian Seas Rosyth, for Home Sea Service. U.K. H.M.S. Parapet. April 9, at Malta for Service Commission Home/South Commission) and Persian Gulf) (l8 montlts). U.l(. Base Port. Portland (C.M.S.). Foreign Service. Atlantic and South America (12 Iiase Port under consideration. H.M.S. Dlcppe. February 29, at Malta No. 81-5 Squadron. May 2. at R.N.A.S. ll..\l.S. Centaur. September. at Portsmonths). for Foreign Service. Culdrose. for Overseas Service H.M.S. Londondi.-rr_v. June 28, at mouth for Home Sea Service. (Cont(H.M.S. Hermes). No. 893 Squadron, March I, at Cowcs for General Service Commis- missions December for General R.N.A.S. Yeovilton, for Overseas li..\t.S. Llandatt. May. at Devonport. sion Home/West indies (24 months). Service Commission) (Home/East of for General Service Commission Service (Victorious). U.K. Base Port. Portsmouth. Suez) (22 months). U.K. Base Port. of Home/East Suez (23 months). No. 804 Squadron, March I. at II..\l.S. Lion. early June. at Tyne. for Portsmouth. U.K. Base Port. Devonport. General Service Coiumission Home} H.M.S. Caesar. September. at Rosyth R.N.A.S. Lossicmouth, for OverOrwell, for at May 3, Rosyth for trials, Commissions November Mediterranean (24 months). U.K. seas Service (H.M.S. Hermes). ma s. for Foreign Serviee—Far East. llasc Port, Portsmouth. H.M.S. Salutes, March 8, at Devon- H.M.S. Decoy. May I7. at Devonport. for General Service Commis- port for trials. Commissions July 7 H.M.S. Wizard. end-June. at Chat- H.M.S. Duchess, early October. at Portsmouth for trials. (Commissions ham for Trials. Commissions end sion (Home/Mediterranean) (24 for Home Sea Service. General ScrAugust for Home Sea Service. U.K. January, l96i, for General Service months). U.l(. Base Port, Devon- viee Commission March. I961. Med. Commission. Base Port, Devonport. Med./Home. 24 port. Home (22 months). U.K. Base Port months). U.l\'. Base Port. PortsH.M.S. Hermes. Commissions June l-I H.M.S. Camperdotvn, March 8. at l)evonport. mouth. Devonport. for General Service ll..\l.S. Alert. hlay 23. at Singapore, for General Service Conintission. II.H.S. Diana. October, at Devonport Home/Mediterranean (24 months). Commission (Home,‘Mcditerrancan) for Foreign Service (Far East). for trials. (Commissions January, (24 months). U.K. Base Port. Devon- ll..\l.S. Rhyl. .\Iay 31. at Portsmouth U.l(. Base Port. Portsmouth. for i9(iI. General Service Commisfor trials. Commissions September H.M.S. Finisterre. June 8. at Devonport port. sion. Med..‘Homc. 24 months). U.K. for General Service Commission, 2') for Home Sea Service until ll..\l.S. Rothcsay. March. at GlasgowBase Hontc/llleditcrrztneatt I24 tuoutlts). ll..\l.S. Port. Devonport. .\larch. l96l. Then General Service for General Service Commission Diamond. October, at ChatU.K. Iiase Port. Devonport. Home/West Indies (24 months). Commission, l-lome,'lEast of Suez ham for trials. (Ctmlntissinns Jami. (24 months). U.K. Base Port, Ports- H.M.S. Loch I")ne. July 5. at Rosyth U.K. Base Port. Portsmouth. Hf)‘. l_‘)(il. for General Service for (iencral Service Clllllnjisfiiull utouth. Il.t\l.S. Yarmouth. March 23. at Clyde (.omnttss|on. t\Ied./Ilottte, 2-1 I'Iotne,'Arahian Seas anti Persian for General Service Commission. ll..\l.S. L'ndinc. April 5. at Portsmonths). U.I\ Ham: Po:l under Gulf (I8 months). L’.ls'. llase Port. t'or General Scwice ComHomc_/East of Suez (24 months). mouth. consideration. mission. I‘ILllllCs‘Iiithl of Suez (2-8 Devonport. U.lC. Base Port. Devonport. Caprice. October. at Singapore L.l\. Base Port, Ports- Il.1ll.S._ Lincoln. July. at Glasgow, for II.._\l.S. months). lor Foreign Service (Far East), H.M.S. (lwen, April 5. at Gibraltar mouth. Service Iroreign (Far East). Il..\l.S. Crane. October. at Singapore. for trials. Commissions, May 3. II..\I.S. Wiston, at Portsmouth. H.M.S. St. Brides Bay. July. at SingaApril. for Service (Far East), I960. for General Service Commisfor Home Sea Service. U.K. Base for Foreign Service (Far East). ll..\l.S.Foreign pore. Anitio. November at Malta for sion (24 months). U.K. Base Port. Port. Rosyth. H.M.S. Brave Swordsman. July. at Foreign Service. Devonport. No. 825 Squadron. June I. at R.N. Portsmouth. for Trials and Special ll..\‘l.S. Plymouth, December, :1 H.M.S. Undauntcd. April, at PortsAir Station, Culdrose. for Overseas Service Squadron. l,'.l(. Base Port. Devonport for trials. Cnflllllisslulls‘ mouth. for General Service ComService (I'I..\I.S. Victorious). Portsmouth. March. l9(il. for (iencrzil Service mission. Home/I-last of Suez (24. ll..\l.S. Layburn. June. at Renfrew, H.M.S. I.cwis1on_ August. :it PortsCommission. Home/.\leil. (24 months). l.5.K. llase Port, Devon-: for Home Sea Service (Boom Demouth. for Home Sea Service. L'.K. months). U.K. Base Port. l)e\onport. fence). Base Port. Rosyth. '

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lR.—ln your last edition of .\'.wv Nr.\vs. the front page headline read —"llulwark the first Helicopter Commando Carrier to he commissioned." It is on Illiq subject that I should like to express my views. Firstly I agree very lunch with the plan for such a highly mobile amphibious force as the Helicopter Comntando. I‘m afraid the Adittiralty lose my support and I'm sure the support of many other people, when one of otir largest carriers is converted to transport this forcc. It would have been a far better plan to h:tve used smaller carriers such as H.M. Ships Ocean and Glory for this task. and kept the Bulwark as she was. and equipped her in time with our new Naval Strike aircraft—thc Blackburn N.A.39. She could then play a far greater role in

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luuglil at the Walt: Naval Training Scliool (Dr. Bomardo'.r IImm'.\‘) mwi_v, munv ycar.r ago. was sent to the Editor recently. The word discipline indicates it state of affairs. such. that a body of men, of all ranks. ages. and inclinations. are capable of acting together as a combined

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destroyers was of emergency war design and they are 2.600 tons (full load) displacement and 362 ft. long with a beam of nearly 36 ft. Their complement is I86. This group of

Carron was laid down on November 26. I942. launched March 28._ I944. and completed November 6. I944. The ship

has been employed with the Dartmouth Training Squadron and was modified for use as a training ship.

‘IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME’ obtaining distilled water. If you have a refrigerator in the house. next time corners at equally impossible speeds it is defrosted why not collect the in perfect safety. So what happens‘! water which drips from the coils of the Petty Ollicer Snowgrass, who has tons freezing tinit as the frost thaws out. It of money these dziys. goes off with his is. of course, perfectly good distilled chums in :i hired modern ear londly water. A. r=.. MARSH iinagiiiiiig that because he has been | driving for a coutllc of years he knows

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of further tragedies on the roads. Tragedies indeed most of the accidents are. arising as they do in most cases from sheer incompetence. usually associated with errors of judgment. Strange to relate. the uverattc motorist never seems to be bothered about the rising toll of the road. probably because most of them adopt the attitude: “It will never happen to me.” It will. chums. unless .soiiiq_ot' you change your driving habits.

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Every tittte I go home on week,cnds or leave I have to try and explain to my wife the reason why I never scent to be drafted to Devonport or a ship in that area. She has

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Illtl'IIl_t,' re-¢'rtrt'rt'd ullcr I8 HIOIIIIIS, Ill.SI4.'lIlI of ,t,-oiltg slruigltt to sea. the normal routine /or re-elttrics you had 22 Inonrhs Home Share service: of wlticlt I4 were !It‘IllllII)' in Plymoullt. You migltr ll'l'Il Itnvr: taken your lamily to Walt’: [or the seven IIl0ItIIl.t' you m’rt.' at Ilarrivr. Alter Ihis you tlitl not go In sea but had iitslvml that much .mugItr alter tlrult. a Iorr't'_uIt (l(‘CUIII[7¢lIlIt'tI billet in Singupore. I] you were umrblt: to take tl(ll‘tlIlItIJ.'t' (if ii the Navy cmttmr he IIIIIIIIWI lor rhur! .S‘t'ut'c IIlt'Il. you have Iuul a very normal and [air drulling CI't‘It'. lImu;.:lt obvirm.rly it was mt-

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far as to tell me my children never know me and that she " has had to be both mother and father (By Ottr Special Correspondent) to them. Also that I must volunteer S this is being written R.N.A.S. for drafts away front Devonport as Arhroath is shrouded in a mantle other ratings always seem to be around of wet snow and there is no doubt at lthcir homes for long periods at a after work back at all that we are .;_ time. I am now in the last I3 months our Christmas leave. of my second period and l have only .hccn stationed at l)cvottport bclwccn Capt. D. .l. Home (new Rearseven and clglll months in nine years. .-\dntiral) D.A.M.R.. presented the I have been on two ships that called /0I’IIlIlttI't'[mm (1 l(HllII_\' pain! 0/ rr't'nprizes at the end of last term. having . in for leave periods onlv bringing it that Ilumc .It'fI'Il't' ultcr 'I'i'rror was inspected the passing out parade ; I to about 10 months in nine lmiken up .b_v IIlt' I0 rmmllts at years. L".tfllCl'. He was introduced by Capt. U. W. Tanner, Commanding Officer. And this is how the drafting has CuIlt'ngn'mJtI. Alter your (i.S.C.. its 3. was your due. you had a lairislt .vpi'Il who said: "Capt. I-loare is not a me for me. in the II’¢'.tI Cotutlry. rigltt mt Deran\ll'£tl'lg¢l' to Arbroath. having served after At on for Devonport signing pnrI'.r drmrsrep and you would then twice at the Station. He founded the Then drafted about two to months. nnrmullv have l)t‘t‘Jl due for Inrcign (ilenesk training scheme. He has done for Harrier in South H.M.S. Wales (1_t,'aIIt. It is not the policy to draft more than any other person to brim six Terror at H.M.S. months. roughly in improved training methods to the 'people foreign il lIu‘_v cammt comfor 20 months. To roughly Flccl Air Ann." pI¢'Ie' a normal term before‘ their time H.M.S. Collingwood after Foreign expin-.r, so you lmrc gone to Home In his speech Capt. I-loare said: Service leave for Electricians‘ Course Sea Service. Again I prarume lor "I always remember when l was at at Farnham—l0 months. On com- (Imm'.tIic rr'a.t'nn.t' it is nnl coitwniertt :""*‘_1'l Condor that every breaking-up occaplction of course to H.M.S. Murray In more vour lamilv north. .4 1.1": I The Christmas slun was a happy one. at Glasgow to await completion of I am gmrrlul to mu lor vatir wmis Condor from H.M.S. the ski in them of all. one was the happiest and to commission. then to vnquirv. most building coming as it rt'm'.r Inward: possibly because of it being Christmas. Portland with almost every day at lint em! 0/ your service‘. 'H'Ilt‘Il you I would like to pose this question to sea and large exercises with visits to have no "axe to gn'rtd" mountain rescue team have not Channel isles etc.. and calling at nbrimuly You _von who are leaving today. At the end Engineering—l, App. Lowe, l0th will Imuw as an vnur_wIl. of the day do you say: ‘Well, I am Term. Craftsmanship. Fitting and -been called out this term so far, but Devonport for leave periods. I:'Ic'ctriml rating that most billets lor pleased with what I have done today‘ Turning-I. App. Zaplc: Shcct-metal are poised each week-end to H..\t.S. I-loguc came next for a your hrmtrh are at rm am] this or do you say: ‘Well. I got away with -—l, App. Allen. I2 Term. Technical fanswcr the call of distress which inGeneral Service Commission Med. applies also in l-.'n,t;-i'ttt'c'r.t'. Comthat all right?‘ —l. App. Green; 2, P.0. App. ievitably comes through types deciding and Home, The Home part included IIIllllI('tlIil1ll.t etc. The Admiraltv Irv Io for the Prize the ';that St. Scottish tuountains Richardson, George's are simple debt who "You. are leaving, owe a 12 weeks Icelandic Patrol and a visit urrrmget tr luir proportion :1] share of gratitude to your parents and to bat all-round Apprentice——I. C.P.0. ‘to climb, to Channel Ports and the Low billet: lnr IIIt'$t‘ brmtrltrs. RichardPD. Wilson; 2. App. App. Before you go you Gliding still carries on whenever Countries. your instructors. I! is ulwrtvs Iuml lnr I$'iI'l’.T tn umIc'r90l'|. inssltotlld say ‘Thank you‘ to your practicable but the sailing club is busy From Hogue to Reserve Fleet. xlruul the I'(qllIrt'ml'IlI.t' ol the Service‘. tructors. It is always a good thing to The lltb term gained the Captain's painting and vamishing. The angling for between seven and and rmmv are umt-illing I0 "lullnw the P_lymouth. ‘Thank which awarded club Sebastian of to you‘. is master lish. Cup. dreaming say game firel." nr iusl mmtnl. for financial months. eight all-round the the with the best clttb its term golf polishing up weapons pro"You owe a debt to that shadowy n'u.rmtr or Im'au.w (if the m-rd Io Now I have contntissioncd this has In class and Sam this ficiencies. case my ll|'!)I(I t'n!i'rruptt'm: Ilm r’lIll(‘tlIIt'NI 0/ Snead. and the reading hotly of the Admiralty for the very won in in r-liilrlrm. Scotland four their ship again times during club viewing Robin Hood! this cup present line set of training atablishments. And front now on those leaving owe training at H.M.S. Condor. The dramatic society intend pro- which I expect to remain utttil my ,l0M'l'I't'f rlritlting is run In rt everything to themselves. You have The awards for Aircraft Mechani- I ducing a modern French play "Anti- pension time comes. lIt'fiUIII' plan. wltirlt is a rmnprnntisc been taught to discriminate between cians werc:—l-'in:tl Admiralty F.xanti- jgone" by .II.‘JII Anottilh as an entry in .\ly<clf I can quite lI|ltIt:f\l.llltl whyt IIi'Itt'i'i'It llu' t.'uIiir¢'mi'Itlr nl Iltr 54'!“ .I job well done and a job that is slip- nation Course llcrbcrt Lott 'l'ru~'-t ithc Royal .\‘;ival Drama Fcsliutl in my wife should query this especially: t'in-—wht'i-It in flu‘ i-ml mm: nIu'm's slltltl. You must now discriminate for Fund Prize for the Top Mcchnnician March. They are also producing a I when she sees other fellows staying -nl mum‘ lint. rtml Iltr rIi'.tt'n' In allow the Devonport area for long periods: lumilii-.v m mmlt rim.‘ ln_t:i'IIn'r as _\onru.-Ives. ——Pctty Olliccr Hotndcn. Prize for the :p:ttttontime in February. at a time and then if they are drafted . IHl,\\IhIt'. 'I'Iti- pri'li'ri-m'«' truri-rl on a l.C.F. "Most of all I hope in the years highest aggregate of school, Technical it is not long before they seem to bci Dmlrint: I‘n'l¢-n-rtn- (‘uni ii «I:-Ii/tin-lgv that lie ahead that when you take and Craftsman~:ltip~l’ct'ty Otliccr back where they left off. I can tnysclfi Ink:-n iulu tI(‘t'tlIlIIl. mul Ilwrv are off your boots at night you will be Marling. uatnc fellows who have got less time; re-rluiltlv rm "Ionpltnlt'.t lnr rm-L‘:-Lt." able to say ‘Well, I am pleased with The ski club are revelling in the served with longer stays in tile Devon-I what I have done today?‘ snow in Glen Shee during the weekWhy is it that a Channel Islander port area. ‘the prize-list for Aircraft Artiliccr ends and some 30 members in various who is on Ration Allowance can't get tell that‘ ltcr I try to it's the way three free travelling warrants per year Apprentices was:—Admiralty Exami- stages of advancement glide graceCentralised Drafting works ottt. But to the Channel Islands and a Scotsnattons—8th Term, Basic Aircraft fully (or otherwise) down the slopes. at the same time I have the thought man in the same circumstances can. to that if "they" see you live at Devon-l anywhere in Scotland. Taking the port "thcy“ try to put you as far price of the fare to both places. to go away as possible. no matter what your I to Scotland costs muclt more from preference draft card says. Yet there Portsmouth. I have already been URING Februttry two Senior. and are the lucky ones in the same branch refused on the strength of a clause in very well-known. Wren Ullicers as myself who go to the Reserve Fleet. pay regulations which is in my opinion not for eight ntontlts as I did httt front controversial. If this is correct then i: will be leaving the Service. like I5 months. then they scents to me that :1 Channel Islander Superintendent M. A. P. Cook. anything pick up it (‘arricr or sotnc other ship Is being pcnalisctl when ltc has taken lo. ll.li.. joined the W.R.N.S, early irt doing it reftt a few ltttndrcd yards zidvantagc of the .\l:trricd Quarters I 194:. She served i\n the stall’ of down the and they ioin that for Scheme. and l7.O.F.'l'. and was later another 12jelly. IR..»‘\‘.R..-\. Ittonllts or so. These are The I't'.\Il'ItIItHI In lt'IlIt’/I you ruler Wren Olliccr in charge of the fellows the wife sccs day in day is lIIJl'lt:ll\I\' ittIt'mIi'd Io t'.rcIrul¢' lIr't).rc my Iwrcn 0.'I'.C. at Grccm-.‘iclt_ It was from the Stall of C.-in-C. Portsntotttlt _out anti quite rightly qucrics me why rurin_r-.r it-/to would lilm ll /rm‘ immt that she joined Iittrghlicltl as Super- can‘! I get the same. Can you give me to (lie C ItuIlllt'I I.\Ium1.r—or Eireexplanation. please’! Is this how the tlurirtg IItt'Il’ lmvc and who obviously intcndcnt \‘V.R.i\'.S. in September. an I958. She was awarded the 0.13.13. in Centraliscd Drafting falls over or are Imrc no lies in IIIt’Sl.' placer. the Birthday Honours List of I958. there still loop holes for a racket to I ugrt't- with win that the clause In Sttpcrintcndcnt Cook sails to visit be got into. Ihv Pay Rt-gtrlutious is .sIigIul_v antFirst 0/ till. In! its got your rlrnlrirtg bi_t'tmu.r. What dirt‘: "normally relatives in Australia early in .\tarch. Chief Olliccr W. I. Denham. 0.B.E.. Iti.\ror_v correct uccurdirtg In the r!mnt't'ili-ll" mi-mt? None 0/ us in the n'cortl.r. I tmtIi'r.\tmuI vau I't"t'IlIt'Il'(-I .S‘t'rt't't't' is "normally tIrmu't.'ili'¢l" in the joined the W.R.N.S. later in I942. tltc .r¢'rvic¢' in Dt'ccntlu'r I950 ultvr rmIinur_v .\l'".\t' and I for mu‘. 1'] nskrrl During the war she served in India. rm uh.u'rtt‘¢' of rthnu! I8 utmtllts. You for mtv "pr'I'Imuu*ul urIrIri'.t.t"'—liIIiItg Ceylon and Aden and has since served tln-rt wt-rt! .\i,r mmulrv in Burrruck.r. up Gm":-ritrrn-m lnrmr t'Ir'.—tIltva_v,r "—and hunger. not of the belly kind. that’: as Senior \V.R.N.S. Olliccr on the Banished with bacon and beans. Stall of .'\.C.R.. C.-in-C. Porlsmoutlt 7} numtlrr ul IIurrit'r—pri'.\umu/rlv on quota‘ m_v [mri-rtti‘ mltIrt'.t.r. But the gnawing hunger of lonely men for and C.-in-C. Norc. She was awarded u (‘t)lH'.\t’—tNl(I 8 IIIUIIIIIS in Di'fimu't' ll your pun-Itls live in (hr C lmmtcl A home and all that it means. the ().lI.E. itt June. I95‘). Chief Otliccr u! I’I\-mrmllt. You Ilmt Iuul (I mnn!li'.r Itlumlx trml IIIU.\! of vour I‘(‘I(lflI‘(,'S In'fnI't' _g-wing to um! lrii-Iulr nn- IIu'n- it St‘t‘IItS nuI_v Dcnltant intends to travel ahrozzd later mrtrxit til ().\pri'v mvottctes To THE LATE DAN MeGREW') .,, L this year. even

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LEOPARD IN INDIAN OCEAN 1-"PER her arrival ll..\l.S. Leopard

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(BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDF.t\’T) preceded by the usual “Bun,” the news that H..\l.S. Aclieron South African

5 it was not had been nominated for the tnp came as a surprise. However. ll few weeks later found her under the command of Lieut. T. J. Andrews (R.N.), sailing out of Portsmouth harbour into a wann, mid-August evening sunshine, with the relieved sighs of the spare crew ringing in our cars. We whiled away the leisure hours of the first few days at sea, vowing total abstinence and calculating how much money we would save, we settled down to the long voyage to Simonstovrn.

Bridge the Pakistan. United States, Iranian. and Ucker.s_. Crib tournaments going full swing plus_ a Turkish and Royal Navies were assentgood stock of lilins and books, life bling to participate in Exercise onboard was anything but tedious. We "Midlink." it was here that we said had embarked a few cockroaches witlt "goodbye" to Dr. Manik Talwarti. the stores before leaving Portsmouth. an Indian geophysicist of Colontbia who had With

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Gaunt, D.S.C., R.N.) spent seven weeks at the Cape. partly in sell'-maintcn-

Simonstown and partly exercising with the South Africnn and Portuguese Navies. The ship's company soon made themselves at home in the pleasant surroundings of the Cape Peninsula, and after the long voyage from England full advantage was taken of the blessings of the land. On October 8 Leopard set out on a new crtiisc. After a week-end at East London. the ship arrived at Durban on October I5. where she was lucky enough to spend I2 days. Though the weather was disappointing. in all other respects Durban amply lived up to its reputation as one of the sailor's fav“runs asltore." Perhaps the ourite luckiest ratings were the small party flown up to spend a fasciiiating weekend in the Hluliluwc Game Reserve. At any rate. when the shi sailed on of the October 28. flying the

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untisiial b:inyan at near-b_v irigate Island. where they blew a hole in the reef to allow safe entry for the islaiid schooncrs, On November 9 the Governor of the Seycliellcs einbarkcd in l.copard and the ship set out on :i fortnight‘s cruise to enable ilis lixcelleiicy to visit some of the tii:in_v \\idelj.' scattered islands in his tloniain. These islaiids. many of them so isolated that tltcy had not been visited by a \\:trSl'tl|‘| for ID yc.'irs. had nothing in the \va_\' of a normal run ashore to offer. but most ratings managed from time to time to enjoy the bathing from their palinfringed beaches. in addition. parties were landed on most da '5 to study the wildlife, including curiosities as the giant tortoise. and to survey the beaches and la oons, the charts of this area being sa ly out of date. Meanwhile those left on board managed to catch a surprising quantity and variety of fish. It was thus it sunbiirnt ship‘s company which retiimcd to Muhe on November 22 after at final visit that morning to Praslin Island. where a party was lauded to visit the Vnllce dc Mai. the only pliice in the world where the coco de mer. a double coconut of curious shape. grows naturally. So impressed by this fruit was General Gordon. when he visited Prnslln in the I9th century. that he thought the Vallee dc Mai be the site of the Garden of a

Durban might come I.eopard‘s way before returning to the United Kingdom. After a brief call at Diego Suarez to fuel. Leopard arrived at Mahc. the capital of the Seychelles group of islands. on November 5. This beautiful islaiid. with its extraordinarily mixed population. is something of a tropical paradise where the usual pests like snakes and scorpions are virtually unknown—even sharks seem to ob-

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days were spent among, the comparative sophistication of Mahc. and then Leopard sailed south for Mauritius. whose steep mountains with their strangely jagged peaks rising from the cancfields were a striking contrast to the low atolls just visited. A trip taking the Governor of Mauritius to the outlying island of Rodriguez was ctit short by bad weather; but on return to Port Louis Capt. A. B. Chibnall, R.N.. in suc- serve a gentleman's agreement not to we managed to take advantage of the cession to Capt. A. R. Newm.-in. molest the popular beaches. The in- various expeditions :ishorc. ranging O.ll.I:'.. R.N. spared no etlort to entertain from scrambling up the mountains to Capt. W. L. G. Porter. R.N.. in suc- liabitants cessioii to Capt. K. H. Smith, 0.B.E.. the ship‘s company. and besides dances walking rotind ti cigarette factory. On December 6 Leopard left and cricket :ind football matches. the R.N. bathing and water-ski-ing from the Mauritius and arrived back in Simons.siiperb beaches were much enjoyed. town five days later.

joined us l'.0. Allen. our second coxswain. University. U.S.A.. decided to put them to some ood use in Freetown. With a mass of highly and revived the old sport 0 "Cock- complicated instruments installed in roacli Racing." The ship's company the magazine, Dr. Talwani's work were encouraged to rouse thcir_latent entailed measuring the force of gravity literary prowess in the compilation of at ditfercnt points over the ocean bed a daily ncwsltcct published under the to establish the types of rock tindername ot' "Safari Special." later knowri_ lying the oceans. To assist him with as the “.\lomhasa Mail" and "Karachi his work we did a series of deep dives Kouricr." and which provided oppor- at dillerent points from Freetown to tunity for the many wits to establish _a Karachi. ieptitation—not necessarily compli- Our berth in Karachi was alongside titcnlary. H..\l.S. Ceylon, who was also taking The tirst port of call for replenish- part in the exercises. prior to her ment was the West African port of to UK. We were thus able to Freetown, Sierra Leone. where most of return take advantage of the welcome facilithe crew were able to avail themselves ties which they placed at our disposal of the generous hospitality of the atid enjoy some unavoidably neglected liuropean residents before continuing sport. Two “llany:ins" were organised on otir way South. The traditioiial by the ship's company. and :i boat "(‘ros-sing the Line" ceremony pro- load of gaily attired submarincrs iii\ ided an cntcrtaiiiing interluilc for both vadetl :i poptilar saiiily beach, arms participants and spectators. full of beer cans and "wedges" to We arrived at Simonstown in heavy spend a day swinuniiu.'. eating. driiikweather oti Scptcnibei I2 and were ing and sl\'_\'l;tflilllg in general. There; welcomed by the press as front page are iii:iiiy pliotugraplis of both occa-It news. The in:iiii purpose ofotir journey. sioiis record as a lasting reminder liscrcise "Capc.\’." was to provide anti- of ouron eainel rides and snake charming i sllblllittlnc training facilities for the ettorts. South African Navy and Air Force. Exercise “.\lidliiik" completed. we the resident R.N. frigatcs Leopard and Lynx and later the Portiiguese departed Karachi on December -I and via Adcit. where Navy frigatcs Niino Tristao and plodded hoiiieward "rabbits" and Diego Gomes. The three weeks we fortified our stock of intense operational duties proved to be thtis through the Suez. Canal to Malta. siiccessfiil in spite of the misfortunes Incidentally. for those who are otit of that r:iincd on the engine room depart- touch. you may be surprised to note ment in what seemed to be an ever- that Bobby. the “New Life Orchestra" increasing force. We are proud to and other notorious personalities of relate that due to the unremitting work the "(iiit" have been siipercedctl by of the engiite room stall. tliesepjiike hoses. Sad days indeed. though} iiiifoi'ttitt;itc defects did in no way hangoicrs ate still as e;is_\' to attain zisj iiiip.ii: our operatioital coinniitinents. ever! l-Iseicisc "Capes" was concluded by it lit-day trrinsit exercise en route to ('HRlS'l'.\l.\S l'Rl-IS!-I.\"l'S l)urban and callini: into Port I‘.|i1.'iOur spirits were revived. however.‘ betli where the submarine \\':ts open to visitors for the week-eiid. On arrival with as spletidid a (hristnias Day as at Durban on October I5 we were pro- one could expect at sea in :i stihniariiic. vided with excellent accotiintodation t.-‘\fter :i carol service in the fore ends. in the local South African Army 'led by l..,/Sea. Smith. the baritone liarracks. and given a well-deserved from Balhain. the Captain. in the true test from operations and an oppor- tradition of the Royal Navy, extunity for maintenance work to be changed placcs with _A.B. Bingham. carried out. No one on board can the youngest member of the crew. who speak highly enough of the reception carried otit Christinas Day rounds. given to us by the people of Durban after "up spirits“ and awarded the or. for that matter. anywhere we visited prize for the best decorated mess. A in South Africa. Also enjoyed by the itovcl snow cllcet was produced by the ship’s cotnp:iny was lllc well-deserved after ends niess by smearing xi torpedo accl.iiiii given liy the South African zwith ollicc paste. and sprinkling on press to our owtt l.icut, (lit 1. Pratt. "foo foo" powder. ‘I he eonihiitcd who l\ none other than the author of etforts of the chef and L't\.\\\\‘:llll pro?hat itiiniorotis itovcl "Wt: Joined the duced an excellent Christmas fare.; After diiittcr. the t.‘ll0t1s‘ of the Chiefi \.u_\_'' soon to be filmed so

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Died January 5. I960. .\laurice Colin Gardner. Ordnance Artlficer 3rd Class. l’/S.\l.9-I583-l. H..\l.S. \'ii:toriou.s'. Died January 6. I960. David John .\IanhuI|. Able Seatnztn. P/J.9309I2. H..\I.S. Jutland. Died January 8. I960. Albert Stanley Niehiiliis. Able S e :1 III it n. DIJ.\'.I92lI2. H..\l.S. Daedalus. Died January 8. I960. Frzink Roddis Hutchin. l.i.-riding I-Zlectricul Mechanic. P/MX.'7S9060. ll..\l.S. Pi.-ntbrolte. Died January 9. I960. Brian Norman llodite. Able Seaman. .ClSSX88979l. Il..\l.S. Pentbroke. Died January 18. 1960. Midshipman A. L. Vanity. Royal Navy. H.!\I.S. Heron. Died January I9. I960. Percy William Riding. C.P.0.. CIJ\'.7-t7l17. H.M.S. Pembroke. Died January I9. I960. l.ieut. A. W. G. Iii.-iitslt-_v. Royal i\'avy. H..\I.S. Heron. Died January 20. I960. Lieul. J. E. S. .\luntl:ty. Royal H.315. Ileroii. Died JanuNavy. l’.().'s and ittcss at ditching gash and: 20. I960. S.-\l-‘ARI cleaning up prtnitletl izrcat aiiitiscinetit ; aryLeslie Victor .‘Il‘ll(I(I\\.'s' Spencer. l.e;i\'ing l)iirbau on October 26. we to the remainder of the crew, as Siclt Berth (I.P.0. C/.\lX.SIl8I. s.iiled for .\loinhasa. where our (ll‘l'l\'.’tl gash went over the side and it was i R.\'. Hospital. .\lall:i.Died Junuary on Noveiiilicr 2 coincided with that of‘ mostly’ the C. and P.0.'s who required t 20. I960. ll..\l.S. 'l'e|cntachtis. on her way home cleaning tip. And so with full stomachs ? Douglas Stanley Henderson. from Sydney. The high-light ofour two- and fingers cro_s.setl_ we nursed the Chief Shipivright A rlificer. tlay visit was a coach trip. organised tcmperaniental engines on the last few P/MX."l93|9. H.M.S. Excellent. by both subinarines_ to a game reserve hundred miles of the journey to Died January 2|. I960. I51) miles inland. Those who were Portsmouth, where we arrived on Sur.-Cdr. R. S. P. Hawkins. Royal lucky enough to go on this "Safari" December 19, Among the Christmas, Navy. H.M.S. Vanguard. Died returned with more adventure stories presents which awaited us at hoineg January 23. I960. for thcl or’ encounters with wild animals‘ than lwere live new babies John William M:icCulIum. Able I t lictilcnanl. navigating oflicer_ rndiol Seaman. P/JX.90l62tl. H..\l.5'. Jut.i big game linntcr could dream up in .'i .i\ iiioitths' trip into the bush! sttpei'vi.sor. lcailitig steward and one} land. Died January, 23, I960. So. on to Karttclti. “Item ships ot".able seaniaii. ’

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HE origin of the narile “Inshore l"lotiIIa“ is shrouded in the mists of .\':tvaI llistory. lint was ecrtaiiily eiiipliiycd iii the Nelson era during the struggles at sea with the Freiicli. The Inshore Flotillzi consistt-d of frigates anil larger ships of the line that kept a close eye on the French and Spanish ships inside their liarliours. Signal rcpetitiiig ships riiaiiitaiiieil toticli with the llritish line of lizittlt-sliips. The latter were thus‘ able to stand off out of sight of the coast and at llte same time achieve lltc object of the liloekade. The name of "lnsliore l-liitillzi" diil nut zippear again until 194! ulien it was used to ili.-scrilie the escort of the .-\le\-.iiiilria lii Toliriik Ferry. lhc l\'o:‘c.in \\’;ir showed how in- 'nt'.iiiy .\li'ne (‘oiiirteriirc.t~tIre exercises irtc zinil .\lickcy took place. both n.ition.i| and inter;ulequ.iIe thc :\ .\lotrsc lllillL's\\Ci:tL s were for sweep~ n:ition;il. in Malta waters and lliroiighin-.2 very sensitive ingiiznctic Illiilcs and out the .\lcdi:err.'iiic:in.‘I ltcse exercises ‘the prograrnme for the l\tllltllll_l1 of a ‘achieved L'\‘l'l\lt.lCl'£tl3lt,' success in large number of wooden and alu- rfostcririg the r\'..~‘\.'l‘.(). spirit among miniitm ‘sweepers was initiated. [the United Kiiigiloin, United States, lti 1952 the liishorc l-lotilla was Italian, Greek. lircncli and Ttirkish built tip :it llarwich. lt consisted of ntiitcswccping fraternities. ships of the Algcriiie class. and the new On October 2|, as stated in the Coastal and Inshore .\linesweepcrs. t issue of .\'.svv .\'t-ws_ the together with units of niinehtintcrs and ;r\'ovcniber clearance divers. In the late summer of lnshorc l-'lotil|;i tiiovcd to Singapore. I95!» the Inshore l-Iotilla was deployed ll..\l. Ships lloughton. Dartington. to the .\lt:tlll0.‘i'f.’tllL';t.l‘l at the time of the illlskclltlll. (‘hm-‘tori. Piiuchesioii and Suez crisis and the ships were frilly 'Wi|kieslon sailed in cotiip:iiiy with Woodhiidge llaveii and arrived at occupied on .\line couittermcasurc Singapore on Novcriilicr So having operations in addition to patrol and visited Aden. Bombay and Colombo escort duties. The ltlSth .\lineswecping squadron en route. Woolaston :ind .\laryton. had for the previous l8 months been tindergoing rctit at the time of the based on .\l:ilta. carrying out niirie~ move, followed two weeks later to bring the "lll.'ickfoot" Squadron tip to sweeping exercise and operating anti- full strength. gun-ruuning patrols olf the C_\'prll.|i coast. On the completion of the Suez Today the lnshorc Flotilla is based operation the l05th .\l.S.S. returned to on Singapore and in the Far East its Reserve in the U.K. and the ll)-Sth and duties will be minesweepiiig patrols 108th squadrons became known as the and llag showing in the forward areas. Inshore Flotilla with Woodbridgc Once more it will be fulfilling its traHaven as their support ship, For the ditional role of inshore Naval operanext I8 months extensive ]3£tll’0ls were tions far away front the l‘leet's m:iin carried out in Cyprus, and in addition base. .

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Oflicer Aircraft Carriers embarked) a last visit was paid to Hong Kong where a week passed very quickly. As usual Jenny smartened up our Ship's side and gave us a firecracker send otl’. Our paying olf pendant was flown for the lirst time here. F.O.2 (Rear-Admiral Begg) left us in Hong Kong, transferring his nag to H.M.S. Centaur. Having left Hong Kong we really sccmcd on the way home but there was still two wholc_nionths to go and an exercise in which to participate. This exercise was to take place at Karaehi——a CENTO exercise called "Midlink" with ships of the Pakistan. Turkish, Iranian. American and Royal Navies. On the way to Karaclii. Singapore. Penang and :in island called Pulau Lankawi were our stops. At the latter place we had an appendicitis case on board and hail to dash back to Penang to land the unfortunate patient, who soon recovered and rejoined its later at Aden. This meant leaving a few men still tuhore on the small island. they most have had in shock when they found the ship gone! However they werc recovered later in the day. Seventeen days were spent in Karachi during which we went to sea for :i few days each week for exercises. The last departure saw Us on our way to Aden where we stopped for one day for fuel and Christmas shopping. 'l'he passage up the Red Sea following this gave us our last views of the sun rind our last few days of wearing white

SEVENTY THOUSAND MILES IN SEVENTEEN MONTHS Indonesia visited for first time for many years (By Our Special Correspom/en!)

S reported briefly in the January issue of Navy‘ Ntwi-a. ll..\l.S. Ce_vIon has been sold to the I'ertivian .'\':Ivy and the fullouiiig article relates the story of the latter part of her last ciiiiiiiiissiiin with the Royal .\':ivy. H.r\l.S. Ceylon was last reported in by the C.-in-C's band in the football 'l'n'neomalee at the end of August. stadium. Now she is home in l’or'tsntouth. being Another new port of call for H..\l.S. in Peruvian Ceylon was Siihic Bay in the Philippine prepared for service waters. Between August and her hunte- Islands. This is :1 self contained eoriiing many places were visited. American Naval Base. It is as self conl)jakart:i in Indonesia being one of tained that it h:is'a town of its own the new ones. H.M.S. Alert and called Olongapo inside the base. where l-l.M.S. Ceylon (wearing the Flag of night clubs abound and to which the C.-in-C. Far East Station) were the tirst Ship's Company quickly made tracks. Royal Navy ships to visit Indonesia The weather here w:is not at its best. for some years. and the reception given fora day.'I'his was followed by another by the lndonesians was warm and one forming a short distance from friendly, Nattirally there was much for a day. This was followed by anooflicial calling but there was also ther one forniing a short distance from entertainment for the Ship's Com- the base and making the weather panies during the short two day visit. immediately rifter leaving unpleasant. After ioining tip with Centaur (Flag rig. as well as a very popular performance We passed through the canal on December 8 and arrived in Portsmouth on December I8 havingfucllcd off Malta and stopped at Gibraltar for a

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Captain J. C. L Anderson, V.R.D. and Clasp. B.A., l.L.B.. R.N.R.. has been appointed a Royal Naval Reserve Aide-dc-Camp to the Queen. to date December 3|. 1959. in succession to Captain W. D. 'l1iorbum, V.R.D. and Clasp, R.N.R. Cdr. M. Petrie. R.N., with Lieut. Rear-Admiral F. R. Twigs. D.S.C., has been appointed Naval Secretary to R. D. McCulloch. R.i\'., made the the First Lord of the Admiralty in stic- 1.500-mile journey from R.N. Air

cessiou to Rezir-Adniir.tl J. G. l-lamil- Station. llal Far, t\I;ilta. to R.N. Air ton. ('.li.F.. the appointrnent to lake Station. Yeovilton.in a Sea Vixen aircraft in two hours I2 minutes. ellect in April. I960. Cdr. P. A. Titheridgc. R.N.R.. has Rear-Adiniral R. A. lining. C.ll.. l).S.('.. has been appointed Admiral been awarded the \’oluntecr Reserve Decoration. Cdr. Titheridge has been Conunanding Reserves and lnspectur in command of the Headquarters Unit of Recruiting in succession to ViceAdmiral W. K. Edden. K.B.l':'.. (‘.li.. to (R.N.R.). Portsmouth. since it was take clfect in April. Since June. I958. created nearly two years ago. Admiral Ewing has been Flag Ofliccr. H.M.S. Puma sailed from PortsHtitill:is(Mediterranean). mouth on January 25 to begin a comAdmiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur mission. expected to last one 3-‘K-ar. on Power. who commanded the Ark Royal the South African Station. during the last war and was ComI-l.M.S. Anniida left Portsmouth for mander-in-('bief. Portsmouth. from 1950 to 1952. died in R.N. llospital duty in northern waters on January 18. Haslar. on January 28. aged 70. Il.M.S.Sultan gave a children's party and. in addition to about Messrs. \'iekcts-Amistrongii Ltd. an- on January to of 120 children men serving in the nounce that the Canadian l’acilie'snewestablishment. 30 children from the est and largest White Empress liner. which is being built at the Naval Yard. National Cliildrenis lloiue. Alverstoke. Walker. Newcastle upon Tyne will be were guests. launclied on .\lay I0 by Mrs. John G. ILMS. Diligence. \\hiclt looks after Fiefeiibaker. wife of Canada's Prime coastal and inshore inineswccpers at Minister. and the ship will be named Hythc. will be turned over to civilian F.inprcss of Canada. front April I. The new ship is 650 feet long. with contractors breadth of 80.6 feet and will car Mr. Nevtl Shute. the author and a L060 pzisseiigers at a service speed 0 war-time R.N.V.R. officer. died in Mel20 knots. bourne on January 12.

Cdr. C. l.. A. Woollard. R.N.. F.R.G.S.. the author of "With the llarwich i\’av;il Forces. I914-I918" and "The Exploits of ll.M.S. Undaunted." is now compiling the history of the eight other vessels who have borne the name "Undaunted." He would welcome narratives and the loan of photo-

graphs. log books. ete.. from otlicers and ratings who have served in any Untlaunted prior to l‘)l-l or after l‘)-ill. .\lanuscripts should be sent to him at "Even Keel." l.illiput. Poole. Dorset.

Rear-Admiral K. R. Buckley has been a pointed President of the Naval Aircra t and -.\l:irine F.xamination Board. He will continue as Chief Naval Electrical Oliicer of the Navy.

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001) evening. Chief!" The wisest plan on this cruiserin this eriusen-—is to call anyone Chief who is not flagrantly it lieutenantcommander. as most of them are. Of course. there must be scores of lieutenants—26 in fact are listed. including a Lit.-utenzmt (SD) (G) (G) and a Lieutenant (SD) (G) (g) which gives an idea of the lengths to which specialisation has gone‘—but one does not see them about so much. Perhtips they are working. I.icutenant-coruuiandcrs and chiefs have naturally reached :in age zinrl rank at which tliey. "Sorry to botlicr you. LieutenantCoinntander. when you riitist be busy. btit the fact is I'm looking for my cabin. which ought to be up two ladders and along. whereas the only ladders I can find go down and then otit. There was a wicker wastcp:tpL‘l' basket outside it and a notice saying 'F.lectrical Space’. Oh, I see. Thank yoti." There is no need to be ashamed of a sense of momentary loss ‘of one‘s direction in this ship, Her hull was laid down at the end of the last war. and for over I3 years experts of one l'|REl-'. frigates of the I):irtmoutli kind or atiotlicr (gunnery. radar. elecl‘raiiiing Squadron left Plyiiiotitli trical. radio. engineering. anti-atonuc. on l’ebruary l with lot) cadets and mid. cooking. laundering. sispence-in-theshipnicn frorii the ltritannia Royal slot and just plain designers of ltimps Naval College. Dartnioiitli. :ind young of metal) have been thinking up Royal .\lariue olliccrs for their spring things to put in her. The result is _she L'ftll\.: to the West Indies. This will be is now full. Indeed. she is brimniirig. the first time the Dartnioutli Trairiing When they had filled her up to mainSquadron has visited the West Indies. deck level there was still such a pile of The three ships are lltc frigates stun‘ to be got in that Messrs. John Venus. Urchin and Vigilant. 'l‘liev will Brown had to build on a whole series return to Dartmouth on April 7'. Tilt: squadron will stay three days at Gib- ‘To giw: an idea of the lengths to which raltar on the w:iy to the Cape Verde specialisation has not gone. the duties of Lteut. Islands and will reach Bridgetown (SD) (G) (G) include im Control. l"“““".-“thy

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of extra decks. towers. hlockhouscs. outhouscs and other obstructions. with the result that there is no place on board where one can stand off and see the ship as a whole. It is useless to pop out into the open air with the idea of getting port and starboard sorted otit. as one can do on an aircraft carrier. for instance. because as likely as not you will find yourself in a kind of metal cul-dc-sac and nowhere to go but tip a ladder leading to a small dccklet from which the only exit is a narrow door\\ay—antl there yott are inside again. with 350 electric cables swarming along just overliead and a f:il. joll_v-looking man entirely filling the remaining. “Good morning. Chief! I suppose you haven‘! seen Commander (5). who IS in charge of records and pay. writes 50 letters a day. serves 2.000 cooked meals. keeps 300 different kinds of clothing in store plus 200.000 items of equipment and spares. each one of which must be readily available?" Among the many kindnesscs shown to her visitors by H.M.S. Tiger was the provision of a brochure on the equipment and running of the ship. quotations from which may from tiuic to time slip into this account. One thing the brochure makes clear is that Coiumantler (S) is far too busy a ni:m to have found time to write it himself. .

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load-ram-tire-eject system) represents quite a problem of continuous supply_wl_icn it is remembered that somewhere along the line the hustling rounds must be transferred from static racks into a turret traversing at the high speeds necessary to cope with

modern aircraft. Even more impressive are the six-inch guns. also dualpurpose. which combine an astonishingly high rate of fire with a whippiness altogether out of place in such massive affairs. Normally. each of the five gun turrets has its own separate fire-control system. trains and engages by automatic radar control. aml is actually fired by a man sitting far off in what looks like the inside of a 2-30inch tclcvision set. with a bank of buttons. .switches and red and greeti bulbs in front of liirii. "ll..\l.S. Tiger." says the brochure. with some reason. "represents the ultimate in converttional gun-armed cruisers." Her aerial array is as fine a collection of dustbin lids. bedstead ktiobs and parallel bars as you could wish to see. and makes an interesting comparison with the top-hamper of the Victory. clearly visible from Pitch Hotisc Jetty where the Tiger is (or was) lying. lt scents to have been the fate of warships for centuries to carry lofty accumulations of vital cqtiipiiicnt simply asking to be shot away. llut what is the poor naval designer to do‘) He can liardl_v expect the Captain to be satisfied with indoor aerials when even the ltottsewives of llattcrsea regard them as falling short of operational requirements.

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confidence in the white man and some form of government have been achieved. The skipper of the Government launch in which we passed down the lagoons did it all entirely on local knowledge. The reefs were overgrown with Jiuingrovc. and on many of them the .\Ialaita .sa|t-waternien had built their villages. These had been constructed on the actual reefs. which had been built up with boulders. ‘the legend is that they took to the reefs~to escape the liercer bttshnicn. The launch stopped at one of these small villages and we all had :1 chance to walk around it. It was most interesting to witness the way of life of these salt-watermen. The men could be seen oll-shorc diving out of their canoes (dtigouts) for fish anti shells. They are reputed to be able to dive down to well over a hundred

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.\I.S. .\I('lUN'I‘S B.-\Y sailed front Ilong Kong on August 5, I959. on ' the coinniencemenl of her cniise around Pacific Islands. and to Australirt. Between this date and October I2. when she returned to Singapore. the ship visited Ilollandia in New Guinea. .\Ianus in the .-\dniiraIty Islands. Rahaul in New Ilritain. the Solomon and New Hebrides Islands. Ntlulllttl in N0-‘W Caledonia. S\'dne_v and Cairns in Australia. and I)iIi in Portuguese 'l‘intor. Iler ship's ciimpany ttiised with Dutch. French. Portuguese. .«\ustralians and l I-Inglishineii. besides the various native races encountered. All these places were intensely The subsequent est:tblislimcnt of interesting and wonderful fun to vi_sit. extensive American base camp-a, still In each place ollicers and men alike further confused them, for they had were royally entertained. as at Santo. never before seen or imagined such quantities of shipping and ottr first call in the New l-lebridcs vast Islanils. I-lere about a hundred of _us. supplies, or such concentrations of were treated to a b:irbcctic at which men and vehicles. In consequence. two biillocks were .slain. and five after the war. a period of bewildersuckling pigs were cooked 'I'ahitian ment set in, and the islanders have style in tlte grottiid. Other foods and suffered considerable dilliculty in redrink were unlimited. EtIIt.‘IIttlltI'ttt:l‘|I adjusting themselves to the peace-time the British conditions of a remote island in the was no less lavish in Solomon Islands. I have Chosen to Pacific. This phase appeared to us to write more ftilly about this particular have passed. leaving behind it only a visit because here was the only healthy desire for progress. Honiara entirely Ilritish Colony that \\'e visited. itself is now served by roads built by Due to thc war. its remoteness. and ‘the .-‘\nierican forces. and a lot of the to its lack of richesboth agricultural‘ buildings themselves were obviously l and mineral. it was also the most built during the war. It is not sur- I undeveloped area visited. This is prising therefore that at the end of probably wh_v it seemed to me to be the war with these recent developments in evidence that the capital the most intciestirig. The ship arrived in Gi'/.o. otir first was moved front Tulagi to I-loniara. island in the group. on August 25. There are now only two sights other Entering this harbour one sees one than the War Memorial to remind one of the finest sights imaginable. Apart of the Guadalcanal campaigns—one from the waving coconut palms and is a crashed aircraft. and the other is the green beauty of the island. the the wreck of the Yamazuki Maru. a (tI.tIl'L‘ blue channel is clearly marked Japanese freighter. (Ironically enough by the light green coral reefs on it is the .IllD1|I1cSc scrap merchants either side, It w;is blowing quite hard who have cleaned up the beaches and outside the harbour. and the picture islands of the Pacific.) On this and on our subsequent visit was enhanced by the rollers bursting on to the reefs, and perfected by the to Honiara. we were asked to lunches warship proudly lying at anchor. and dinners. and a dance was given Shortly after this His Excellency the for us at the Guadalcanal club. Most Acting High Commissioner of the of us were taken sightseeing in private Western Pacific came on board. to a cars. There was a bus tour. and the rolling I7-gun salute. which brought ship played soccer. cricket and rugger even more of the Melancsian natives against European and native teams. Tennis and golf were also played. and down to the shore to stare. The following morning a large some of the sailors privately arranged swimming party went ashore (with their own snooker and darts matches.

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Mission school girls at Tulagi delight the audience with their singing went ashore to watch native dancing and to play soccer. Some of the .sailors. led by native policemen. sseiit pigeon shooting. and sortie to a

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swim. Lilte all the islands in the Solomons San Cristobal had some‘of. thing of special interest. It is said " “gyc; .9 I5 5 1 that the last eannihals of the Solomons were Iroiii here. \\Itt't’t: there were prol'e.ssionaI murderers to provide a corpse for a feast. for a small fee. It had not occurred to the villagers that there was anytliing wrong in this. and they were just mildly surprised when missionaries‘ objected to the custom. At the same time one missionary wrote that the islanders were very nice people. and that after all some vegetarians were very nice too—it was all a matter of taste. The ship sailed from Kira Kira on the evening of September I. and after skirting the northern coast of San Cristobal. set course for the new Hebrides Islands. Many of us. of course. wondered if we would ever Mission girls give at native dance at Tulagi to the bamboo band visit the Solomons again. or ever come across any of the people we had feet. and genuinely bclicve themselves were front the mission school on the met. All of us took away impressions to be immune from sharks, which island. We were also joined here by and pleasant memories of a most the area. Some of these the district officer of San Cristobal. hospitable protectorate. of all the abound inclaim that sharks are their With him on board we sailed for Kira people that live there. and of all that villagers friends. and that they can call their Kira. At Kira Kira a party once again we saw and did. tame sharks to them. This has been

SHELL MONEY The houses were made from timber and bamboo. and thatched with leaves from the ivory nut palm. The women were. of course. around the village, and some of them were engaged in making “shell money." This is their only currency, and is made out of discs cut from very hard sea shells. I polished. pierced in the middle. and l threaded on bush twine. The finished article is only about the size 1 of a small button. and the scrapers. polishers and above all the drill are most primitive. One woman. however skilled, could not hope to make more than a few in one day. We were shown strings of up to about jive hundred httttotts. beautifullycoloured. and these were only considered to be worth three or four pounds. The ship anchored ofl Tulagi. in the Nggcla Group of islands at mid.\Iounts Ilay iuen having to pull hard against their competitors at Talagi night. The following morning‘ the non-duty watch were early ashore to :irmed guards in case of sharks), while BINA. AUKI AND TULAGI witness native dancing. and the playthe ship's football team landed to pl:ty At 0|-$5 on .-\ugust 2‘), the ship ing of the famous bamboo band. The the natives. ()nt of the four matches sailed from Honiara and. by tlttutl. instrttntents are simply bamboos of played against the natives of the had picked tip the District Commis- varying thicknesses strung together to Solomon Islands the ship only won sioner of Malaita. who had come oiil form it strtictiirc that looks rather like one, The .\Ielaricsi:tns and the odd to us by boat from the (iovernmentl the organ pipes of a church. These ‘I'ahiiiaii enter into their game of station of Auki. The harbour at /ttiki :irc laycd flat on the ground. and are football with tremendous vitality. and was not honsidered large enough to beaten at their ends with the rubber the spirit of the spectators. who hold I-l..\I.S. .\lotints Bay. and we slippers of the performers. emitting eoiitintially whoop and cat-call is a were therefore to anchor at llina. a resonant "Tliiinip.“ Other single pleasure to Wlltli.‘s's. some miles down the coast. From lengths of bamboo are banged on to here a party of about fifty travelled the ground and produce the higher C li.-\I).~\I.Ci\N A I. I'()I):\Y by Government launch to .-suki. notes. This band together with the The ship .sailcd at midday for passing through the lagoons inside the singing and dancing of the mission I-loniara. the capital of the Solomons, cuntittttotts‘ coral reef. The ship came school girls was :i wonderful etlcct. on (iuadalcanal lslaml. arriving on around to .-\uki in tile evening. especially as it followed :i tug-of-war the morning of .-‘\ugttst 27. His passing. of course. outside the reefs. coiupctitioii between the natives and lixccllcitcy was embarked throughout where the sightsecrs rejoined by boat. ourselves. During the afternoon the the Solomon Islands our stay in The people of .\lalaita which was ship was open to visitors. The bamboo when in the ship was alongside except the island that we were now visiting. hantl played on the quarterdcck for Honiara. We went alongside the stub are not placid in their outlook. Be- those of the ship's company who had jetty. thus’ making history. We were forc the coming of Europeans the missed them in the morning. and just the first warship ever to do so. (The island was :i patcliwork of small as the last boats were leaving and the ictty is only about (it) feet long.) villages. ea-sh patch isolated from the ship was about to sail for Honiara. lloniara is in the area of the other by forests, preeipitious hills or the mission girls‘ sang. "Far across American war-time bases. and it is fast flowing rivers. mistrust of the sea" for us. because of the war that I-Ioniara exists strangers, fear of ghosts and magic. We sailed from Tulagi on the afteriiisuch The and the lack of to an extent. Japanese by any common noon of August 30. and giving a lift vasion and the Ainerican campaign language. Even now the ‘speech of to several Iiuropeans. arrived at that followed had brought the s:t\'ag- one area may not be understood by I-loniara the same evening. This saved cry of war into the almost completely the people of another area only our passengers a very long trip in pacific lives of the Solomon Islanders. I twenty miles away. Local chiefs ruled a not very l:irge vessel. The ship '

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Fleet amenities improved .

lllR.-\l.'l'.-\R is nut. of course. quite the place it was before the Second World War, llut then that ll|ll_V he sztirl of all natal bases in this era of smaller and smaller llccts. and fen er and fewer inert. (lone are the tlays ohcn the Home and .\lctlitcrraut.-an I-‘lo.-cls used to pack both the large harbour and a Inf!-tc part of the bay at the enrl of the combined cruise. Then thousands of sailors used to stream ashore every night: and even when the “hole fleet was not in “am Street bars used to throb with life almost conIinuou.sl_v. not just

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fish or just sun-bathe. When the atmosphere becomes too

oppressive Spain can always be visited.

La l.inca is the easiest town to visit.

raltar. it has. nevertheless. been well to the fore in many of the sporting cortipetitions held here this summer. Fielding a strong eleven throughout the season. l-l..\l.S. Rooke were able to win the Division I Cricket Champion-

ship. although they were always keenly challenged by the other Service and civilian teams, Their captain-—R. I3. A. llunt-—reprcscntcd ('omhined Services,

Gibraltar. on several occasions. On the last two occasions the InterScrvice team swimming championships developed into a close struggle between R.lE.M.lE. and H..\I.S. Rooke. with Rookc losing by two points in l958 and only one point in i959. At both meetings. however. the Navy produced the Victor Lndorum—l..S. Weneclcy (then serving in H.M.S. Barrosa) in I958 and E.R.A. Antclitlc in 1959. A.B. Williams won the high diving championship in I958. but could not repeat his success this year. taking second place to Cpl. A. Cox. the local

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H.M.S. PEMBROKE RELAXES Christmas variety show and light music provided by .\taric A GRAND with her accordion. A section theatre of held in the Hrydc the Royal Marine Band, under the the Royal Naval Barracks. Chatham.

was The Royal Navy (Local) Whalers‘ but it's not much to look at. and not canteen was crews did extremely well against the very different front (jibraltar. Still the 0 Army and R.A.F.' in the three regattas drinks are cheaper a round of six held inside the harbour. "A" crew won on December 9. with an all star cast baton of the Stall’ Band “aster. brandics. pltis an assortment of seathe Fastest Whaler Trophy and the headed by Peter Ricardo and his Latin 2;‘Lieut. T. C. Merrctt. l..R.A..\l.. food. costs little more than 2s.—-and it interval. July and August Oars‘. "B" crew won American Trio. Sandy Sandford. R.M.. played during the is a change to get away from the Rock. The show was one of the monthly the Aggregate Cup and the September popular star of radio and television. Algeciras is more "typically Oar. compercd the show and Felix Bowncss "Stars in Variety" performances preSpanish.“ but as it lies across the bay Army champion. was a most successful comedian. The scaled by the Barracks Welfare Coinit is more dillicult to visit. unless a car dancing act by Ascott and Roberta mittce and produced by Mrs. Evelyn is available. and then the visitor can. was received with much enthusiasm Norris. who has been providing criterif he so wishes. enter the real Spain tainment for the barracks for many outside the Campo area. years. lluscs leave Algcciras for all parts of A party of old gentlemen from‘ Spain~Cadi7,. Jcrez. Seville. Malaga. Pembroke House. the home for aged Torremolinos are within a day's jourex-Naval men which is run by the neying. and all are ideal leave centres. Royal Naval Benevolent Trust. Punctual. but comparatively slow were the guests of the Welfare trains also leave Algcciras for Madrid Committee. who invite them to all and Granada. The best way to see their Variety Shows. Spain. lttmcvcr. is by car. and the best Air ViceThe Otlicer (Home). Flag The Royal Naval Barracks Cadet time to go is during the spring when Admiral E. Holland-Martin. D. an- Corps were also present. many of the Andalusian towns hold nouneed on January 30 that the Boyd H.M.S. Roolte from Queemwny An amusing incident occurred when their fiestas and religious festivals. for 1959 had been awarded Trophy Peter Ricardo asked for the stttallcsl Tangier——thc international city in 78! to Squadron based at H.M.S. boy to come tip on to the stage.‘ North .»\frica—fantcd for its Casbah. Ariel. Le_c-on-Solcnt. for the outstand- Cadet A. Bayliss needed very little casino and fascinating night-life is also it had carried out its exacting prompting and was soon enjoying the within easy reach. either by public George Maran was a eharac_ter—'a tas '. limelight! well loved and trusted charactcr—who transport. or a Rookc-based M.F.V. The is the CommunicaPeter Ricardo then asked tor the which makes several neck-end trips in meeting the requirements tions squadron and delighted the Squadron during year oldest man in the audience to ioin NE of the few remaining ward- of those he served. Nothing was too across the Straits during the summer hours flew 4.200 by day and 50 hours him. and Mr. William Burton of Pemroom messnien of the old school much trouble for him. He will be months. by night. There are six Sea Devon air- broke House was soon on the slilgc. missed by all those who ever craft sadly Gibraltar's own night-spots will died on January ll. and one helicopter in the Mr. Barton. who is in his ‘ltllb vcar (icorge llaverstock Maran. well served with him. soon receive some much-needed adAYCHARBEE squadron. obviously enjoyed the proceedings. known and respected ‘throughout the ditions. The Colonial Government service was a wardroom messman for are building a casino (the first in the under conBritish Commonwealth) which will many years. His job was, provide the wardroom have special rooms set aside for Ser- tract. to with a required standard of vice men to-indulge in crap and tom- ofliccrs which he received the bola. There are also plans to im- food and for Admiralty victualling allowance for the prove the Fleet canteen and the "0fiiccrs~concerned together -with an N.A.A.F.l. club. agreed sum from each oflicer per day. So the next few years should see a George's job however did not end in facilities for steady improvement with the food the oflicers ate. He was Service men. especially for personnel a friend to all. George would fix anyfrom the many visiting warships. Of course I try to. But my pay’s not enough to thing, Did an oflicer forget his wife's birthday—(_icorgc would see that a save anything. dot" arrived the “on bunch of flowers .\‘l.-\RRll-II) QUARTERS 'l'l1at’swhat I thought when I was" your age even if the ship was miles away. A For the information of the lucky few new suit._prcssing and tidying up one until someone showed me the Progressive who may already be wandering round that had seen better days—George Savings-Scheme. Ionly had-to put aside £3 depots with their l)raft Notes marked would fix. A "liver" until the end of a month by Naval allotment but when I leave "(iibraltzir for Rooke." Their Lord- the month —(icorge would supply. A the Service next year I can collect £855. ships have recently completed a mag- dinner party—-George would personnificent block of ultra-modern flats. for ally supervise. suggest and arrange. Sounds too good to be true. \Vltcrc's the catch? chief petty otiicers' and petty officers‘ and onc's guests would agree that you and ratings‘ families. but the waiting list were the perfect host. No catch. And if I had died at any time my for them is long. A limited amount of Who could forget George‘s Sunday alternative accommodation ism be night suppers’? Tables groaning under wife would have received the whole £855 Which will you take? found in the town but it is dillicult and the splendid l'ood—turkey. chicken. immediately. You see, it’s 2: Savings Pm going for the pension becausethere’s expensive. Of 01' ‘fiddle '="“brolled into Insurance bt~'¢lPics one. ¢Vs‘|'Y Scheme and Life another valuable right with it—I can get a It is the exception out here rather description. salads. in fact everything Supposing you hadn't signed on for 22 years’ cash advance for the full price of a new than the rule for ratings not to own a a hungry man or (if in harbour) his service ? car. New cars may be purchased free wife. could wish for, house. Pm all lined up for a job already, of purchase tax and consequently the When I had done my nine years, as I had and with an extra pension to look foward price of second-hand cars is comparafor 7 years, I could have to and the wife and family safe in our own tively low. l‘hree of the crew of l—l..\l.S. Jutland paid premiums home—well, it’s the kind of security we all Altltough the Royal Navy detach- had to “swim for it" when their boat drawn £234 to help set me “P in Civvy Street. Now, after 22 years’ service, I shall want. ment is the smallest stationed in (iib- sank at St. Peter Port. (iuernsey. ‘

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CLUB FULL AT CHRISTMAS hundred and ninety-one 5hl|JmHl¢S. their families and friends of the T W0 Purtsinniith Branch of the Royal .\'av:iI Association attended the annual

engineering manager of the ‘yard. Miss

Smith and Miss Kinsey. two sisters from the Royal Naval Hospital. H_asl_ar.

and representatives of the association from llavant. Farehain. Qosport. Alton. Portchester Fellowship and others. Responding‘. Admiral Unwin in an amusing speech referred to his serv_icc in the Royal Navy since I92-t. saying that althotigh there had been plenty of hard work yet visits to such places as Nice. Oslo. Penang. etc.. had enabled the sailor to play as hard as he worked. The toast of the association was presented by ('ouiicillor J. Fairliall. president of the Royal Engineers Association. (iosport. who in serious vein spoke of the uorlt done by shipmatcs and their wives in preserving the fortii of life we desire. Councillor Fairhall referred to the present as being a critical time for exServicc associations. The reductions in the armed forces and with the likelihood of war being remote. it was hard to iiiaintain the interest of members. In his opinion it had been a retrograde step to redtice the Royal Navy by some 23.000 since I956. Had we more ships and more men it was. he thought. pos-

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HE past year has been one of continticd good progress in the Midlands District. Recruiting has continued apacc and numbers have increased by 30 per

account of a year of social and club activity. the two high-lights being the

outing and the annual dance. He congratulated several members on their endeavours for the good of cent. despite ti continued policy of the branch. Shipmate Claspcr had run “weeding out the deadwood." Actual a very sucmssful Christmas Draw and numbers have increased from 98 in Shipmate Robinson, by his capable January to 130 in December; the 32 are made tip of volunEWTON Abbot branch of the running of the football sweep had new members the outing to be run at a teers froni "Civvy Street" and ex-R.N. Royal Naval Association cele- enabled personnel. including part-time National brated the end of 1959 and the reasonable cost. tiien \\ ho have opted to return beginning of I960 with a most success- The treasurer. Shipmate Denton. in- Service the fold after their service in the ful dance at which approximately 100 formed those present that the branch to attended, some of whom went from the had £169 “in the kitty“: the branch R.N. Continuous training in R.N. ships dance to the Clock To_wer at Newton was in the best financial position he Abbot to join with other townsfolk in had ever knowrr-and he is a founder and establi.shiiients has been as popular member. The tombola had more than as ever. and 83 members carried out “welcoming in" the New Year. The President of the branch, Capt. paid its way and the treasurer paid courses and cruises during the year. E. C. l-'cnton. R.N. (Rctd.) was present tribute to Shipmate Coe for his run- including service in .\l.ll.Q.'.s at home. at the dance btit owing to indisposition ning of the game. and he also praised Gibraltar and .\l:ilt.-t and ships both Hrs. Fenton was unable to be present. all members of the branch who had small and large from Coastal Minesweepers to H.M.S. Tiger. Among others present were Ship- helped to swell the funds. During the year one rating has been The members present voted to purmate W. G. Langridge. chairman of the branch. S_hiprriate C. D. Lewis. the chase tt branch standard and already confirmed Radio Supervisor. one as Radio Electrician. and secretary. Shipmate J. H. Brock. the plans are being made to arrange a Petty OllicerRadio Electricians‘ Mate. one Leading treasurer and the M.C. for the occa- dedication. sion was Shipmate R. Dolbear. the Due to business commitments Ship- Four ratings were rated up to Acting mate Bugg resigned his seat on the Leading Hands. standard-bearer. enjoyable week-ends were Shipmate Dolbear was also Father Committee. His resignation was ac- Three Christmas at the branch’s Children's cepted with regrcl—he had been a spent at Gamecock Barracks. by kind permission of the Commanding Ollicer. Party held on January 2. Mrs. M. committee man for eight years. Ship- Junior Leaders Regiment. Royal ArtilMills. Chairman of the Ladies‘ Com- mate Turtle was elected in his place. .\lany readers will remember mittee welcomed thc parents of the Shipmate Thlrlwell. the secretary. lery. l-l.M.S. Ganiecock as the home of the attending and receiving was made a Life Member of the R.N.A.S. training establislinicnt and gt ts. Association amid great applause.

Ladies do not like National Service

their loyal greetings. ln proposing the toast of the visitors Lieut.-Cdr. S. S. Noble welcomed the visitors. who included Rear-Admiral J. H. Unwin. D.S.C.. Admiral Supcriiiteiident or H.M. Dockyard. Portsmouth. Mr. Lennox. the electrical

No. 3 District R.N.R. reviews 1959

Gatcshead EWCASTLE and branch of the Royal Naval Amociation held its Annual General Meeting on January I5 and the secretary.

Patron: I-t.N. The Queen

dinner on January 8. After a most excellent dinner. the president of the branch. Capt. G. C. Colville. C.B.E., proposed the Loyal Toast and read a telegram from H.M. The Queen thanking the members for

The annual dinner took place on Jatitiary 30. and it is hoped that space will be available in the next issue to report on it. Another big item of news -—it is hoped to “borrow" ll..\l.S. Calliope for a dance on March I8.

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sible that there would not have been such a drift from the Commonwealth idea. for more visits by Naval ships would have strengthened the tics which undoubtedly used to exist. He also thought it had been a retrograde step. from the point of view of education, that National Service was to be stopped. It win apparent that the ladies, at any rate. did not agree with the speaker on this point. In a brief response the chairman of the Portsmouth branch. Shipmate L. llray. stated lie did not feel that there was iuucli wrong with a branch which packed the club over Christmas and the New Year and which. on Boxing Day. organised a football match which produced £l-3 for an ex-chief petty ollicer who was not even a member of the association. The toastmastcr for the occasion was Shipmate W. Law and the splendid evening was rounded ofl' b a dance. which continued until one o clock.

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The Small-lltire Ritle Shooting During the evening a telegram was :Scction of the branch is very poptilar T the annual general meeting of read conveying the th:iiiks and good .and recently a competition was held The Gosport branch of the Royal wishes of l-ler t\lajest_v The Queen. in ;b_v Branclics located in Herts for a tltc Gosport branch of the Royal Naval Friendly Union Of Sailors‘ reply to a loyal niessage from Branch ‘trophy presented by the Chairman of Naval /\.\’~'ttClullull. the ch:iirniaii. Wives held a dance on Jantiary l6 at members. Hcrls Branch. which was won by Shipmate T. W. Bates. stated that £755 which the president. Mrs. He/.Ict. wife The toast of Hcrts Branch was pro- Welwyn Garden City Shipniates. had been paid otl headquarters and of the Flag Ofliccr. Stibmariiics. wel- posed by the Chairman, Licut.-Cdr. Plaqties for the winning team were private loans dtiriiig the past year. comed the guests. If the branch was able to maintaiit J. K. Jones, D.S.C.. R.N.R.. and the presented at a Messdcck Supper held responder was Cdr. H. l’. Madden. a at Herts liranch H.Q. during January. its present tale of repayments. the soon have its headVicc-President of the Branch. Shipmate Regarding Purley Branch oldest branch would C. Knight. National Council shipniate at the age of 85 years. qtiarters free of debt. Member. and Branch Secretary pro- lmcntioned in Jantiary issue of NAVY Mcntbcrship of the branch remained posed the toast of "Our Guests." anti Ni-.w. Herts Branch has a candidate at about 300. i\cw members were cri,thc Mayor of Hertford (Alderman who attained the age of 88 years last rolled at lltttsl iucetiiigs. btit. by itot .rene\viiig their zinnual subscriptions. lll-IRI-'. was a good iiiustcr of members of the Welling branch of the Royal l C Vi|“t‘t‘ l'iI¢'i~‘"'|5|"l Fi~‘*‘l"'t‘"tlL'tl- Tht‘ August. toast of "Absent Sliipniatcs” was given He is Shipmate F.rne.st Alfred ‘sonic lllL'll'Il3L'l\had been lost. .\'av:il Association at the annual Board meeting on January l7. Sliipiiiatc Bates was re-elected cliairThe ticasurer referred that in spite The secretary referred to the sad by Shipmate J. l’. W. Charles. \’icc- llarding an ex-Chief Armoiircr. who entered the Royal Navy on l-‘ebrtiary man. Siiipimtes C. H. James. A. Lang of extra expenses the Welfare Funds loss of its President. the late Chairman. Several fotiudcr menibcrs were pre- l. 1893. Sliinniatc llardiiig is an active .autl (i. Ricli:irdson——:tll voltintccrs—~ lnstnictor Rear-Atliiiirnl Sir Arthur were evenly balanced. tribute Wits paid to them for ,uicniber and travels from lludtlcsdun |\vei'e elected Zh vice~cliairm:iii. secre‘I he (hairnian. Sliipmate l‘. Frencli. Hall. His advice to the branch in sent and layiii the fotiiidation of a verv active I to llcriford a t istancc o ivc miles t C ) 7 “"3" “ml ”““‘"“"' ""l’“"l"°l3'- “ill” said he had been gratified throughout many matters had been invaluable. ; Branch. ollicers elected w-.-re Shipniziles 15. It. attend Iiraneh nicetings regti|ai'l_v. The Secretary also referred to the i the year at the numbers attending the Troll. li. J. Ptgtiott. T. W. llltintlcll. A. lltccllngs and social functions. good work done by Vice-Presidents iFiIl'lC_\'. C. Rytlcr. \\’. Tltoitisoit amt The Secretary Shipmate C. W. King of the branch and mentioned the W. C. J. Kiln. in his report referred to the average appointment of Lieut.-Cdr. Day. age of the members of the branch The ladies provided a grand supper made reference to the Shipmate King pointing out that Welling had not paid occasions at which the Branch Standard which they served in their usual elli‘ many visits during the past year had been provided. including the occa. cient manner. HE Pembroke Doclr branch oi‘ the because a number of the members are sion of the animal reunion at the Mrs, Hayes, wife of the president. Naval Association coniRoyal the He beyond getting travelling age. won the aniusing balloon race and Royal l-'e.~.tival Hall. of the old with a pleted couple year for need the increase an enipli:i.sised Referring to dinner: and socials. “home matches.“ the first being the {considerable fun was catised by Ship- I ll!-I Arliuiralt_v has announced the in young members into the branch ! mates Driscoll and Best willt llicirl nieniioned that in I960 Shipmate King Christmas Draw and the second a "ballet." Their and into the Association pointing otit the branch following protiiotioiis and retiredauling costunies and will celebrate its Silver Christnias Party. that We||ing‘s iiicmbership remains would have catisetl quite ii ;iiicnts—:ill dated Jaiiuary 7. These "ilanciug" The Jiihilee. socials had been last year static at about 34. lle asked whether well attcndctl btit he The first occasion wat the draw on stil :it Sadler's Wells! ;|)l'tl|ll(lll(lI1\ and retirements. together he would said the .'\\\'tlL‘l;llltlll had lost its attiactiont like December 23. when the l\illC\ ucre 1 Mr. (‘laude Toler and Mr. Gwyn with rclireinenls previously annnunccrl. to see more outsiders brought for i\_':iv.'il personnel anti pointing otit many :iiid varied and the lticlvy itin- ululltl. favouritcc of the brancli. criter- result in ii reduction of one in the that "so how along can see we they that Ill .lilllll;ll’)', l‘)-l7, Welling had I47 old salts tiers were well satisfied. the nicnibcrs with tnoitulogttcs. total lllllllllt.'l' of oflicers on the Flag ‘laiued can still keep young. We tttetttbcrs. The second occasion, the annual siiigiug. wliistling. ctt.'., togctlier with. List coiiiparetl uitli the nuiiilicr a tlt.'\llL' to iiiake friciids not profits." Christiiias Party. took place on De- i.\Ir. Trevor .\loi'g;tit. the b:aitclt'~. year ago. The Secretary went on to refer to the lccinbcr 28 at the White Hart and t'otit:titlic tenor. i Prouiutiotis. To Rear-Adniir-.iI: Capt. ctioits that have been tuade to allevi- lCapt. and Mrs. Wooliiough. -tlic The accoiiinaiiist and pl.ttllsl for the (Coiiuiiot|oiei A. A. I’. Talbot. l).S.().‘ ate distrcse and mentioned the good licensees, went otit of their way to .;\-,_.,,;,,g M“. sh”-,m;.i.| M.~._ 5_ jun);-,,C:I[)l. lg ll. Ii. llopkiiis. l).S.().. work done by Shipmate A. Elms in make the club room worthy of the and she was accoiitpaiiicd on tliciD-5-(‘«‘1'3||‘l-("-l- -‘L l‘li|lr\‘l"- D-5-(7 visiting the sick and at times making occasion. There was a large gatlicriiig drums by a inenibcr of the l’cntbrol.c: Capt. A. II. C. (iordoii-I.cttIio.v. Although the Children's (‘hiistinas ‘N15’ 0" bcllillf 0‘ lllc 5t‘¢ft'l-1fY- Ht‘ of members. Band. Mr. Dewhurst. i D.S.(). ('apt. I-'. R. 'l'wiss_ l).S.C. Capt. Party organised by the llasiiigsttikctfclcm-‘<1 to Sliipinate Cox wh o Among those who attended were Borough ;.w. W ll. Adi. Capt. (Cominodorc) braucli of the Royal Naval Association collected for the Lit'e-boat litstitution. the president of the branch, Mr. R. S. in The children had their celebration ‘G. I). A. (iregory. l).S.O.‘. Capt. which included a visit to January and the l.adies' Guild was held on the Finally Secretary spoke of the Hayes. and his wife. and another wel- Haverfurdwest for the pantomime Rear‘-Adiiiiral) A. ll. Cole. January 2. I960. it was a very success- good work that the ladies had done by come visitor was Shipmate lidwards l "Jack and the Beanstalk." l).§.C. Capt. l). J. lltiarc. ful conclusion of a very active and providing and serving refreshments :it of the Blackpool branch. Retirements: Vice-Admiral Sir Harry entertaining I959. and also to the new host at the The entertainment side of the s_oci : i l _ ~; li..\l.S. Jutland took the Portsniouth .l’. l\'oclle_ K.C.ll. Rear-Adniiral The children ofshipmate; thoroughly l-_alcont_vood Social Club. Shipmate ti. was in the capable hands of' Command Bomb and Mine Disposal v.(i. A. .\l. ,evening Wilson, (.'.li. Rear-Admiral enjoyed the p:irly which can only be Tompkinson. who had done his utmost -Shipmate Driscoll and Best. ably team to Alderncy to dispose of bombs E l’. I). ll. R. Pelly. (‘.ll.. I).S.(). Reardescribed as tiuigniticcnt. liii making everyone feel at home. Hissiatcd by Shipmate Furlong. discovered there. l.’\(ll'|lll£|l ll. \\'. Ia_\lor. C.ll.. l).S.(1_

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NAVY

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SPORT IN VERNON

Relegation Fears

SHIPMATE’S ENTHUSIASM FOR H.M.S. HERMES First of the Hundreds visit

Brighton and Hove branch of the Royal‘Nayal Association had the T HE December 18. of hearing privilege of the shipmatu. C. P. 0. one

NFORMATION has been received that the first Chief Electrical Mfchflflidflfl (Alf) ‘'19 IdV9fl¢'-'3 ‘O that rating to date December II, 1959. The "first of the speeies_" is Chief Electrical Mcchanician (Air) Dennis Broadley now serving at R.N. Air Station Lee-on-Solent. Chief Petty Oflicer Broadley was born March 2, 1928. at New Ollcrton. Notts. and was educated at the Mansfield County Technical College. Before joining the Service on Jamiary. l9-$6, as an Air Mechanic Electrician he had been apprenticcd to Rolls-Royce Limited. at the Aircraft Establishment at Hucknal In November, I946. he qualified as an Air Mechanic (L) 2nd class and transferred to the Electrical Branch on its formation. Chief Petty Officer Broadley was qualifying between I948-.49 and be was also a member of the first Electridan (Air) qualifying course being rated Electrician (Air) in l95l. After worltin for three years at the Royal Aircraft on Auto stabilisers and helicopter auto pilots development. Chief Electrical Mechanieian (A) Broadlcy passed for Chief Electrical Mechanteian provisionally finally in July and December.

new

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disappointtttcnls.

After suffering heavy defeats at the boots of Sultan and Vanguard, the team must have a Ycovil complex when thinking of its coming cup match. An unusual

Species

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soccer

Superintendent Training visits H.M.S. Ganges

Scott. R.\l.R.. expound upon life in the Royal Navy todtlt‘. Shipmate Scott had just returned from a short cruise in H.M.S. Hermes and was full of enthusiasm for all that he had found aboard this most modern ship. N Tuesday. January 19. Capt. Shipmatc Scott's talk was of parti- their Commodore, Shipmate Fr6estl-'. L. George. R.A.N.. the Comcular interest to those of the shipmates Carr. entertained the shipmatcs with modore designate Superintendent of who remembered their own days a short play based on three episodes Training paid a visit to H.M.S. in afloat. comparing tlte conditions of in the life of Nelson which culminated Ganges [Commanding Oflicer. Capt. tire lower deck of many years past with the scene on the qttartcrdeck of H. S. Mackenzie. D.S.O.‘. D.S.C.. with those that prevail today. It was the Victory when the Admiral was R.N.l. evident that not only is the modern shot. This was admirably staged and In a lightning tottr of the EstablishRoyal Navy concerned to see that its received an excellent write-up in the ment ltc saw Juniors under instruction in the Signal and Seamanship Schools pcrsotttlcl has a line career in all the local press. material things but that all concerned. The Brighton branch has had a sucand at noon watched some L800 from their Lurdships of the Adntiralty cessful and busy year. Members front Juniors at dinner in tltc modern Cendownwards are intent upon making many other branches have visited the tral Mess Dining Hall. tn the afternoon life supremely comfortable and happy newly decorated and shiplilte headhe watched the Juniors at games on the for every lower deck rating. To use quarters. which is right on the beach playing fields. in the swimming batlt another ultra modern phrase "they with an uninterrupted view of the sea. and others sailing on the River Stout. have never had it so good." Any man literally in their hundreds. Mrs. Gurl. Before leaving the Establishment after who regrets having joined up now- wife of the chairman. has performed a very exhausting day. he dropped adays has only himself to blame and yeoman service with her willing lady into a Juniors Mess to see for himself is probably no use to the community helpers in catering for visitors. who the living quarters of Juniors Under or himself either. if he takes that- view. turned up in their hundreds throughTraining. from his for the life Apart praise out the season and had nothing but and living conditions of the rnatelot for all they saw at the Brighton today. Shipmate Scott was full of ranch. The vice-chairman. Shipmate admiration for the magnificent Riley. has worked hard in making the equipment aboard this line ship. To bar very attractive indeed and has resum up his own words. others may ceived praise for his efforts from many build them biggest. but we in Britain quarters. The many attractions of Brighton l certainly build them best. This talk was only one of the have indeed been enhanced this year Asked about his career Chief Petty attractions that ltavc been avail- by all that has been done to make Oflicer Broadley ascribed advancemany able to Brighton shipmates in the past the Brighton branch shine with :1 new vment to Divisional Officers who had ' few months. Two months ago. at a brightness by all the_ hard work of persisted with him and a lot of g Mess Dcck Supper in celebration of everyone from the chatrman.Shipmatc fortune. but it is thought that he is Trafalgar Day. Nautical Training D. Gurl. throughout the whole being unduly modest. for he must Corps Cadets. under the direction of membership. .have put in rt lot of hard work. ’

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praise

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the of in tlte possibility relegation l.cague and looking forward to beating Ariel in the scnti-tinal of the Challenge Cup. Although Ariel have been the victor: twice in League encounters. the Vernon team is keen and quietly confident. Hockey and basket-ball continue from strength to strength. By beating Collingwood in a close tussle by the only gtxtl scored in the match. the hockey team registered their fourteenth game without a loss. Let us hope that the basket-ball team can administer similar treatment to Collingwood in their semi-tinal cup match. Convincing victories against Haslar and the have made them very confi-

s.T.T.C. cnt.

‘lite rugby team can be thought to he on the mend with a generally improved performance against R.A.O.C. However. tltcy suffered the blow of 32 points against without scoring themselves. A new captain P.O. M. Sentple has been elected. A diflicult season lies ahead for the new leader. who has shown his worth as a player. by recently attaining a U.S. first team

place.

The performance of the s uash teant inspires optimism for the after half of the season. After losing seven consecutive matches. R.N.B. and Mercury have been beaten.

First Lord ?°“5'.!l.9“‘h.. ...-,

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‘Our’ book ‘strengthened and comforted dying Chief Petty Oflicer --—-~

A MAN AND A BOOK

H.M.S. TALLY-HO RETURNS HOME

that way. don't the_v'.‘-—once upon time—aIl good fairy stories ONCE found book. When he bought it be little realised the The submarine upon time tl-icut. S. S. R. start

The First Lord of the ‘Admiralty. Lord Carrington. paid his first oflicial H.M.S. Tally-Ho a a titan at to Portsmouth during January. Ile visited Excellent, Vernon, Conway. R.N.). rc- visit pleasure. the strength and the comfort that it would give hlm—tmd his wife- turncd to Portsmouth ‘Sultan and Dolphin. and spent one afternoon in H.M. on Friday. Colllngwood. ovcr the years. Dockyard during his two-day visit. He is seen here accompanied The book became a part of his and ; wife was to sustain and she wrote these January l5, after nearly five years in Lieut.-Cdr. J. Dickinson. head of the Vernon Diving Section. talking by to his wife's life. particularly so when. wonderful letters to assist these two the Mediterranean. G. Lieut.-Cdr. D. A5. Shemird Cale R. N. and R. and members Steel T‘ally~Ho, built in I943. had a disduring an illness of his wife the ntan who had become very dear to her. of a team which demonstrated diving equipment. The book? Kalcidoscope—a collec- tinguished war record in the Far read the stories front the book each East. Sixteen years ago she sank the evening to his wife. It became ‘‘our'‘ tion of some of the loveliest stories Japanese cruiser Rum: and survived book. You know. in the way that a which. unlike ourselves. never grow attack by 18 depth charges song shared with one's loved one be- old—written by Eleanor Farjeon. The a counter to go on and sink a large Japanese comes "our" song. Tltc way a favourite man and his wife? Chief Petty Oflicer walk with pleasant associations be- George Baverstock Maran and Mrs. merchant ship four days later. Other in 1944 included the sinking comes "our" walk. The way :1 treasured Martin. George Baverstock Maran died successes on January ll after -ll years‘ service of Daigcn Maru (a merchant vessel). scene becomes “our" scene. Time passed and the man. who was a with tlte Royal Navy. and although his the Japanese submarine UIT 23, a scafarcr. lost the hook. During one of death naturally created a void. Mrs. 300-ton coaster. l2 junks. a Japanese his voy;u_.:e.s ltc lent the book to some- .\laran is pleased to think that ltis last special subntarine chaser and a mitteonc—-hc was opeu~ltandcd and big- few weeks on this earth were made ilayer. In one of these attacks Tallyltcarted—and the book was not re- more bearable through the stories itt a Ho was herself rammed by a torpedo turncd to him. He was. perhaps deso- book. written so many years ago. and boat which scraped along her side lated is too strong a word, but he was by the kindlirtcss and love of sontcone and broke open the sul1marinc'_s p_ort most disturbed at the loss and he tried she and ltcr ltttsbantl ltad never met bttt main ballast tanks. She then had to for years to obtain another copy. He whose work they so greatly appre- Istruggle l.1t)0 miles to her base at 'l'rineont:tlcc. and his wife spent hours browsing ciated. a

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all to no avail. HIllllIlllllllllIllllIllIIlllIIIIllllllIllllIIlllIllIlllIIIIlllllllllllllllllIlllllllllllllIIlllllllllllllllllIIIlllllllllllllllllllllllllll And it came to pass that the man became seriously ill. He knew he was going to die and from his bed one day he said to his wife: '‘I do wish l had a copy of ‘our’ hook—l would love to read those stories again.‘‘ and his wife in :1 last despairing effort wrote to the pltltlishcr of the book only to be informed that the book was out of print and they could ttot produce zt copy for ltcr. llowevcr. with that kindness which is so oftctt met. the pnblislters wrote to the writer of the book —a frail lady of 78. elderly. yes. but young in heart -—and she. struck with tltc story of the searclt. and urtdoulttctlly feeling a trifle proud that her book. after 30 years. still brought happy memories. sent a copy to the ntan and his wife. Now if this was a real fairy story this gesture by the writer would have ended with the miraculous recovery of the man and he and his wife would have lived happily ever after. but this is a trttc story and real life is not always as kind as in tlte fairy-tale books. The ntan became progressively more seriously ill. but the book. and the most tender and touching wonderfully letters II has ever been my privilege to 3‘. read. ltelped that man and his wife. strettgtlteucd them and comforted Turkeys ready for carving: for the Christnnts Day dinner on board H.M.S. them. Centaur at Sydney. Cook IS.) B. Pawsey of Moordown. Bournemouth. The writer of the book had lost loved and i’.(). (‘oolt (SJ [-2. G. Collins. of St. Budcuux. Plymouth. may well ones itt a ntanner similar to the loss the I look happy and satisfied nithythe work.

A SIGHT TO GLADDEN

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NAVY NEWS

Volunteering for local foreign

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HE C onimodore. Naval Drafting, receives a nuiuher of requests from ratings «if all categories volunteering to serve in Local Foreign Service billets. for which only certain categories are allowed by Scheme of Compleiiicnt. and the following list is promulgated in order that ratings iiiay know which categories are from time to tiitie required on various stations overseas and in North Europe. Volunteers can only be considered if they are of one of the categories spccilied against the location. 'I'.i.‘tic:Il Communication. Radio Come Ratings should ask to see Admiralty (\')._ rid Writer branehcv. Fleet Order 2‘:/o0 which is relevant iiiiiiiieatioii, .\‘omay.- —I iniiied to I L.R.I3..'-I. and Steward. regarding iuarried accoiiuiiodation in Tactical ('oiiiinum.'.iiion. Radio (.‘ommuiu:.ition and Writer br.iii;tie». Bahreiii and Hong Kutli-" shitty-'l]3t)rt.'. .\tIeu.——l.iriiited to seamen, Engine Room Aden. It should also he noted that .~\rtiliecr, Enititiceiiiie. shiporiiiht Aitiliecr. married accoinniodation is greatl_v re- lIttIl1.tfi\.‘ tilxeci. I-.!e.tii..il 4\lliII..'Cf. l.tc.'tii.'.il_ Radio Ieetiie.il Radio tilceirieal. .v\l'tIl|.'Cf. stricted in Ceylon :ind shore accotnnioStores t\ 7. Static: .8). l.i;ti.‘.il t'oxnimini.:iIio:i. datioii in South Africa tincltidiiig hotel Radio ('oiiimiiiiie.i:i ‘I and \\'titct hr.iii.'lica. accoiiiiiiodutioit) is ditlicull to obtain Bahtclu.—l.imited to I C.l'.t). (I'.T.l.l. 2 during the .\llIlllllCl' months (November I'() 5 A ll Out (I to be ttiulitictl to mix: .

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THE BRAVE BORDERER HAS DONE 50 KNOTS 42 Commando THE Accepted from Builders

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An hydrauengine is that with the primary reduc- lic operated tlap titled on the transom tion gear-box it will give one horse ntaintaiits the craft's running trim, writer and 2 lcadinit \\'ltICtV. New 'l.caland.—l.imi'Icd to I I‘.(). \\’ritcr and During her trials, speeds in excess power for every 0.83 lbs’. of its weight. I lcatlinic Writer. and including the reverse reduction of 50 Kts. have been continually .N’aptcs.—I.imitei.I to I (‘.l'.(). Writer. I I".0. Writer and J Lcadinit \\'riIct). gear-box. one horse power for every reached by this boat; a most important left Britannia Yacht .M. ‘German tKIcIi.—I.imiied to I C.P.O. Por_ts_~ l.(i lbs. of its weight. achievement since it is designed for Writer. I P.O. Writer. I Leadinr Stciuaril. I for mouth on January I5 a VlS_ll In addition to the Proteus engines. olfensivc operations against enemy ('.Y. and I R.tl. 'P:rls.—~I.imited to 2 C,I'.(). Writer. 3 PD. to the Caribbean. The royal yacht is Rover gas turbines driving Metro warships and merchant ships in coastal Writers. I Leading Writer and_I P.tI. Steward. taking the Princess Royal to the West Vickcrs 40 K.W. generators are fitted and inshore waters. include: I P.U. Writer tor Military Representa- Indies. and placcswvhicb will be visited .to provide electric power. The elecThe armament when functioning as tivcs'Siarl. British Janiaica. Trinidad, Guiana. are rical installation incorporates new a M.G.B. will consist of two 40 mm. 'I'ontnInctoI¢an.—I.imiied to C.P.0.. I Leading Seaman. I ('.(T.'l’.. I C.Y., I l..T.().. I British Honduras and lht‘ C¢l}'m-"I lightweight equipment and methods of single Bofors guns in power operated T.(), In or 2nd (‘I1\\. I I..R.(),. I R_(t. l\I or ISlimdScharacter an experimental designed moiiiitiugs and two 21 inch torpedo 2nd ('l.t\\, I (‘.l’.t). Writer and 3 I_cai.linit Writers. Britannia will call :it the Azores on | by Vosper l.td.. to make overall contri- lllI\i.'\‘. 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Vospcr as a joint The craft is powered by three beating R.M.A. Sandht.Irst°s “\'ic- ellort with Admiralty departments and Proteus Gas Turbine engines as used tory" XV proved the playing c_o-ordinated by the_l)irector-General. in the Britannia aircraft but adapted Ships. Thc_ Admiralty's_ extensive for the Royal Navy by Bristol Siddeley strength of the side. The Bflrmcks huckcy mam has research facilities were available at all Engines I.td.. I-'ilIon. in association with W. H. Allen Ltd., Bedford. who been strengthened this year by a few Sill!‘-t“ In d¢5|t:Ulhits 7| l<=flElh _0I supplied the primary redtiction gear players from the port area and has 98 3“|V¢_B°|'d¢|'¢|' It. I0 In. and 1| bi-‘Hm Of 3-5 71- 51 In- and the reverse reduction gear boxes. played under the title of Royal Navy ‘at Cliatliani. This team has won ll III-I Royal .\'aviiI llariacks. ‘out of II games and the outstanding Chathaiii. football team is at pre- record has been l.ieut.-Cdr. Davistally of 25 goals so far this sent placed third in the local United Services League. but it has one game season. l..R.O. Cleineiits and S.C.l’.O.(V) in hand over the Army Unit lltb S.M.[<Z. and is in a very favourable }Knowling are to be congraliilaled on -" I. position to challenge league leaders. ‘playing in the Navy side. g 7!. 1

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ROM Iceland to the Falklandsfrom Lexington to Singapore and wherever there has been Japan Marines have been ; trouble. the Royal liiiiioiig those sent to quell it. lll his A Sitar! Ilixlrrry of the Royal’ iI .\!:irr'ni-.i(.\lcsv'.rS. Gale & Poldcn Ltd.. ‘SQ. first published in l948 and now 3 hrouglit up to date. Colonel G. W. M. l|..\l.S. l.:igris. with Sydney Bridge In the background. The ship. in company (irover. O.B.l3.. R..\l.. tells all too uith (fentziur and l.lnndatl'. hail spent Christmas amid the sun in the port. briefly for those of us who admire the work of the men Kipling referred to as "Soldier and Sailor too." of the comworld ll.i\l.S. speedi set coastal it niincsweeper. Douglas Rogers tip __'l'he .iiig iitto being of the Corps and the l'lSlU:l'lOl'l_360 tons. rescued 22 of the record of 1.520.‘) miles an hour. The various exploits which have made it 37 crew of the American freighter ‘plane used was an I-‘I06 Delta D:iit renowned as a smart. cflicient fighting Valley Fore which was wrecked on ti lighter. force. rock south-east of Singapore on New Well illustrated—some in colourYc:ir‘s Day. and containing 12 appendices and a it is planned to start the first unclear pull-out map showing the ntain points The United States Air Force claims training course in H.M.S. Sultan in: at which tltc "Royals" have made their tli:it on December lti Major Joseph. Febrtitiry. felt. this new edition will be iinipaet i\\‘l.'lCUl“l.'tl by all Royal Marines and all those. too. who admire them,

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The East—and a snowstorm—beat Combined Services BALL A CHUNK OF SNOW .\'(l\\' squalls driven in half a gale across the Note Command Ground. is played havoc with the English Intcmalional Hockey Trial between the ('nmliined Services and the East on Janiiary 9. 'I‘I'Ie use of a red hall and the great lioekcy rskil. of the star-studded sides made hockey just a possibility. but the i-Zntzlaml selectors could draw few. if any. conclusions. The East scored the single -.:n.il of the match in the lirst IO minutes. l-in both sides it was a triumph to Prescott unfortunately is due to join lia\'e kept the game going at a rela- and sail in H.M.S. Albion in early tively L'rc:it pace and in such good February and therefore cannot play si_\!e when the hall at times looked in the second Combined Services like ms: another cltank of snow, and Match (v. the North at Stockport on feet .llltI Il.illtls‘ had to deal with half February 6). He is also unavailablefor the R.N. XI this year. as is Ditrdcn ;i do/cu ha/:iitIs. (Till) tun R.N. players were in the Smith. This is a great blow to Navy (’oiiibin.-tl Services side: I.c.’tding Air- Hockey hopes. Durden Smith is still m.m I'iest-on. R.N..-\.S. ((‘uldro.se) and available for the North match and is l IL".II l)u:.t-.-n Smith tH.M.S. Apollo). the only Navy player selected. Presto: I'7;s.'iIlI the match must have eott‘s place being taken by the lV'.‘.'!l .. '.!.‘t.'.II tliszippointinent. In the :ip;u!.'i::-- cumlilions Prescott was abso- ABLETOON No. 3 lui I-. H:ll\l:tlltlill§.' and there is little ii.v?iIVI ,rl:.i5 a similar performance ix:..£:: ll‘. 1': realistic L‘t|ll\IIIIi\l'l\’ would I:: .->':iv.I hitu a tvlacc in at least :lie l-'ii_-_-Iaml Hnal Trials. i~::: oi

R.A.F.'s former Oxford Blue (Taylor). Prior to the Chatharn match. the England and Eastern Counties Selectors and Senior Oflicials were entertained to lunch in the Ward Room. R.N. Barracks. Chatham. by the Combined Services Hockey Association under its president (Rear-Admiral Sir Edward Rebbcck. K.B.E.. C.B. (Retd.l. who is also president of the R.N.H..»\.). ,The Commander-in-Chief. The Nore (Admiral Sir Robin Durnford Slater) and the Commodore. RN. Barracks (Commodore L. W. Arglcsl were also among the guests on what is probably the last occasion that the R.N.II.A. will act as hosts for the Combined Services at a major hockey match in Chatham. A pity that the weather could not have been kinder for what was a good but could have been a brilliant match between two very good and very evenly matched sides which included seven Internationals. '

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