** Please do not copy photos to other websites, including Facebook - post a link instead **

Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


arkfinal161178.jpg
HMS Ark Royal436 viewsPaying off for the last time 16 November 1978.

HMS Ark Royal was an Audacious class aircraft carrier launched on 3 May 1950 by Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother. She was commissioned on 25 February 1955. She was the sister ship to HMS Eagle and was originally to be called Irresistible, but was renamed Ark Royal prior to launch.

Initially on entry into service, she had a complement of up to 50 aircraft comprising Sea Hawks, Sea Venoms, Gannets, Skyraiders and various helicopters. As later aircraft types grew in size and complexity, her air group fell to below 40 when she left service in 1978.

She entered Devonport for the last time on 4 December 1978 and decommissioned on 14 February 1979.
Prefect
20121122-MNTS_Malta_TRH_5-U.JPG
RFA Association Malta © 460 viewsWith HRH The Earl of Wessex & Captain David Buck.Prefect
20121122-MNTS_Malta_TRH_3-U.JPG
Royal Visit to RFA Mounts Bay © 390 viewsReportPrefect
1119_RFA_Mounts_Bay_-_L_3008.jpg
RFA Mounts Bay1468 viewsAs part of Royal Navy's Cougar-12 deployment, together with HMS Illustrious, HMS Bulwark, HMS Northumberland, HMS Montrose and MV Hartland Point. Prefect
lusty.jpg
HMS Illustrious today425 viewsPicture - Noel Psaila mynews@timesofmalta.comPrefect
Blake1961.JPG
HMS Blake 1961451 viewsPrefect
stills_AutoCollage_7_Images.jpg
Hell Boats1801 views2 commentsPrefect
Hellboats.jpg
Hell Boats 1970765 viewsThe Movie

Watch HERE
Prefect
HSL107IWM_28CM_431029.jpg
HSL 107675 views © IWM (CM 4310). Returning to base at Ta' Veccia, St Paul's Bay.Prefect
HSL0171.jpg
RAF Seaplane Tender 1943519 viewsEscort for VIPs (including Monty) visiting new US Airfield in Gozo.
From this book.
Prefect
HSL1072.jpg
RAF HSL 107 1941-2670 viewsat full speed in St Paul's Bay at nearly 40 knots.
From this book.
Prefect
Empire_Nordic.jpg
LST Empire Nordic419 viewsL3026. Built by Blyth Dry Dock & SB Co Ltd 1944. HMS Charger in 1946. Commercial charter to Ministry of Transport. In 1955 it was chartered by the Atlantic Steam Navigation Company for the Transport Ferry Service and named Empire Nordic. Recalled for Suez 1956. In operation until 1966 on a regular service between Tilbury and Antwerp. Broken up in the Far East.Prefect
Empire_Baltic.jpg
LST Empire Baltic404 viewsLST 3519. Built by Canadian Vickers Ltd, Montreal. 1945. Commercial charter to Ministry of Transport. Named Empire Baltic. In 1946 chartered by the Atlantic Steam Navigation Company for the Transport Ferry Service. Recalled for Suez 1956. Sold Italy 1962 and scrapped La Spezia.Prefect
Empire_Shearwater.jpg
LST Empire Shearwater385 viewsLST 3033. Built by Williams Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 1945. AA firing ship in 1950/51. Empire Shearwater in 1956. Scrapped Terneuzan 1962.Prefect
KHF2w.jpg
Kalafrana & Hal Far 1958512 viewsPrefect
cougars.jpg
USN Cougars over Marsaxlokk 1958421 viewsWikipediaPrefect
12Suffolk.jpg
12th. Suffolk318 viewsMalta Garrison
The Old Dozen
Prefect
11devons2.jpg
11th. Devonshire308 viewsMalta Garrison
The Bloody Eleventh
Prefect
10Lincs2.jpg
10th. Lincolnshire286 viewsMalta Garrison
The Poachers. The Yellow Bellies
Prefect
9Norfolk.jpg
9th. Norfolk293 viewsMalta Garrison
The Fighting Ninth. The Holy Boys.
Prefect
Cassandra63.jpg
HMS Cassandra 1963461 views1 commentsPrefect
Sea_Giant.jpg
Sea Giant365 viewsAt Malta 1955 - 1965.Prefect
arkroyal77.jpg
HMS Ark Royal 1977589 viewsPrefect
1366.jpg
RAF 60ft General Service Pinnace Mk.II 1366 725 views © Edgar Vella. Marsamxett about 1968.
More about them here.
Prefect
smallboat.jpg
My Little Boat475 viewsPieta Creek with RASC Launches beyond.Prefect
Bermuda.jpg
HMS Bermuda466 views1 commentsPrefect
Royalistw.jpg
HMNZS Royalist661 viewsPrefect
Cheviot1953.jpg
HMS Cheviot 1953466 viewsPassing White Star Line Britannic which seems to be off her beaten track.Prefect
Charity1949.jpg
HMS Charity 1949573 viewsPrefect
Carron59.jpg
HMS Carron 1959656 viewsPrefect
Caprice59.jpg
HMS Caprice 1959594 viewsPrefect
Bridport_1955.jpg
HMAFV Bridport 1955690 viewsIn 1946 the RAF took over two Bangor class Minesweepers, HMS Bridport and Bridlington, they became H.M.A.F.V's,[Her Majesty's Airforce Vessel's]. These vessels were operated,home and overseas on long range weapons and sonar bouy recovery amongst other duties, until 1958 when both were scrapped. Prefect
876 files on 28 page(s) 10