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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.


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On this day 1965 - Hal-Far52 views1st Sept 1965 RNAS Hal Far was formally handed over to the RAF.

Picture taken 31 August the last day of HMS Falcon.

By kind permission of Mark Woolley whose father Bob took it. See Woolley Family
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Sliema Creek 196743 viewsThe gentleman in the foreground is an
Italian Naval Officer.
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Traditional farewell to C-in-C114 viewsAdmiral Sir Alexander Bingley, Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean Fleet and NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean, being rowed to HMS Surprise by his senior Captains and Flag staff on his departure from Malta, 1961.

Photo : Matthew Ellul
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Making Tracks82 viewsIn September 1956 families enjoying the sun at Military Bay (now Golden Bay) are seemingly unconcerned by the landing craft sharing the beach. The vehicles are LVT-3s, known to their British users as the Buffalo, and their crews are training for the invasion of Suez.

Photo : The Tank Museum
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Ark in GH72 viewsHMS Ark Royal with Fairey Gannet taking off and SS Freshpring or Freshspray alongside delivering water, November 1960.admin
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The Parting Shot115 viewsFinal Farewell - the then President of Malta Anton Buttigieg giving the last goodbye as HMS London departs the Grand Harbour on 1st April 1979, the last British naval vessel to leave Malta on the ultimate withdrawal from Malta. She wears the flag of the last Commander of the British forces in Malta, Rear Admiral O N A Cecil CB.

The end of an era - nearly 180 years of the Royal Navy at Malta.
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Farewell to BFBS Malta, 40 years ago.79 viewsFarewell to BFBS Malta, 31st March 1979 - open the LINK HERE and click on the small black panel to listen.admin
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On the beach53 viewsA Royal Navy hovercraft glides onto the sand at Mellieha Bay in 1970.

Photo : Miguel Bonello
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Relic of St Angelo48 viewsNow on display in the re-opened fort. Well worth a visit.admin
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Crab Air afloat - almost78 viewsRAF pinnace off Gozo taken when it ran into a rock and gouged a large hole in its side. Photo thanks to Caroline Roberts whose Dad was a passenger on it that day, circa 1962.admin
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Fairey Fireflies over Ghar-id-Dud during the Battle of Britain flypast in September 195275 viewsPhoto: Paul Demajo Albanese Collection Times of Malta. (Negs lost in fire at the Times of Malta offices).admin
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Canberras & Shackleton 196985 viewsTeam formation of an Avro Shackleton MR Mk.3, XF705 ‘C’ of 203 Squadron with a pair of English Electric Canberra PR Mk.9s of 13 Squadron pictured off the coast of Malta in July 1969.

Photo : Aviation Classics Editor’s collection
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Canberras 197065 viewsEnglish Electric Canberras over Grand Harbour in 1970 during exercise Lime Jug.

Photo unattributed
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Trooper R Martin d. 191887 viewsWhat does Trooper Martin have to do with Malta's part in World War One? Malta, 'Nurse of the Mediterranean' cared for casualties from the Gallipoli and Salonika campaigns. Martin died like thousands of others - but only after surviving one of the world's first open heart surgeries AND being operated upon by one of the first woman surgeons. He has become famous 100 years later.

Read MORE

...and HERE

...and HERE

We will remember them.
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Painting by OldBat110 viewsFresh water - but can you spot the difference from the photo?

Copyright © Liz Mardel
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Freshspring (L) & Carbine (R) 1960 ©105 viewsFreshspring is currently being restored. Google it.

Copyright © Liz Mardel (OldBat)
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Caption competition188 viewsOutside Astra cinema Luqa.

Answers on a postcard. No prizes, just the kudos.
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Feeling chuffed194 views"Train" rides round St Andrew's, Airborne Forces Day 1969.admin
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Not waving but drowning131 viewsHRH transfers between HMS Eastbourne and HMS Walkerton off Malta, April 1960.admin
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Whaler (L) & gig (R)195 viewsHMS Sultan's crew jolly 1889admin
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RFA Blue Ranger 1952172 viewsSmall Replenishment Tanker
Copyright © Phill Rose
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SGTS MESS CHRISTMAS PARTY. ROYAL SIGNALS357 viewsProbably taken at Sgts mess in Floriana. Anybody you recognise ?!tedhebden
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Mtarfa water427 viewsThe photo shows my sister helping with a water delivery to our married families' quarters in St Patrick's.

Copyright © Bruce Williams
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On This Day - Vulcan crash 14 Oct 1975535 viewsTimes of Malta headline.

Full story here (from 2010)
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On This Day 505 viewsLt George Carroll - Hero of Mosta - died 23 May 2012

Lt Carroll (pictured left) is believed to have been responsible for tackling more unexploded bombs than any other Royal Engineers bomb disposal officer in World War II, across all theatres of war.

Remarkably, he was the only bomb disposal officer from the Army, Navy and Air Force active during the siege of Malta not to be decorated, though this did not bother him.

See TIMES OF MALTA

And UXB MALTA
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Another mess 'do' - HMS Falcon, Hal Far 1950s419 viewsWith my parents Olive and Len Reed.

Sue Lewis
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Birzebuggia Xmas party c1952366 viewsMe in plaits. 'Waiters' in uniform.

Sue Lewis (nee Reed)
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Bridesmaid328 viewsAs bridesmaid at a family friend Wren's wedding Kalafrana 1950s.

Sue Lewis (nee Reed)
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Leonard Reed287 viewsMy father Len Reed in the garden at St George, Pretty Bay c1951.

Sue Lewis
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Hal Far - HMS Falcon309 viewsMy father Leonard Reed second from right c1951.

Sue Lewis
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Mess Ball - Hal Far?334 viewsMy parents and pals.

Sue Lewis
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Hal Far - HMS Falcon324 viewsMy father Len Reed was in the Royal Navy when he became in charge of a small unit of the Fleet Air Arm at Hal Far in 1950-53. I think he went up in planes fixing electrical faults connected with the radios and communications. (He didn't care much for that part !)

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