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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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HMS Contest 1955405 viewsCo Class fitted as minelayer.Prefect
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HMS Concord 1947607 views2 commentsPrefect
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Verdala Barracks North Gate ©446 viewsPrefect
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HMS Challenger 1948340 viewsSurvey ShipPrefect
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HMS Apollo 1952413 viewsPrefect
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RFA Wave Prince 1965402 viewsPrefect
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HMS Exmouth ©638 viewsType 14 converted to carry out trials for gas turbine propulsion.
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HMS Lofoten 1956714 viewsAt Suez she landed the transport for 45 Cdo. In 1964 she was converted into a dedicated helicopter training ship. In 1967, she was replaced in this role by the purpose built RFA Engadine.2 commentsPrefect
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The Reserve Fleet633 viewsLazaretto Creek c19542 commentsPrefect
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LST Empire Tern 1960408 viewsBuilt Montreal as HMS LST-3504,1945. 1947 HMS PURSUER. 1956 EMPIRE TERN. Scrapped 1969.Prefect
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Close Up on Ferry 1954488 viewsAnd the neoclassical Police Station at the foot of Tower Road
Designed by E L Galizia
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5th Frigate Squadron 1954637 viewsPrefect
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Close Up 1954519 views3 commentsPrefect
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The Creeks 1954471 viewsPrefect
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Amerigo Vespucci441 viewsItalian Naval training ship.Prefect
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HMS Intrepid438 views©Chris Howell CollectionPrefect
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HMS Fearless389 views©Chris Howell CollectionPrefect
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USS Sabine 1963350 viewsWith tug Airedale.Prefect
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RHS Sotir 1951433 viewsKing Salvor Class salvage vessel, formerly RFA Salventure.Prefect
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HMS Cumberland 1957488 viewsAt the start of WWII, Cumberland was assigned to Force G of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron. In early December 1939 she was forced to carry out a self maintenance period in the Falklands. Without her, HMS's Exeter, Ajax and Achilles engaged the German raider Admiral Graf Spee in the Battle of the River Plate on 13 December. Cumberland moved north to reinforce. Graf Spee had put into neutral Montevideo and was trapped there, as Cumberland along with Ajax and Achilles (Exeter having been heavily damaged) patrolled the estuary resulting in Admiral Graf Spee being scuttled by her crew on 7 December

In the 1956 film Battle of the RIver Plate, Cumberland played herself arriving at speed from the Falklands to replace the damaged Exeter.
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RFA Dewdale 1952451 viewsPrefect
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HMS Wilkeston450 viewsPrefect
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RFA Nasprite 1947341 viewsPrefect
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HMS Nubian & RMAS Director533 views©Chris Howell CollectionPrefect
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HMS Glamorgan385 views©Chris Howell CollectionPrefect
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HMS London Departs469 views1 April 1979
Waved off by President & Mrs Buttiġieġ.
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HMS Turpin Departs492 viewsThe last station submarine left on 9 November 1964 to the strains of Auld Lang Syne.Prefect
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The Torpedo Depot, Msida Creek833 viewsOriginally built in 1855 as the P&O Coal Stores, the Depot closed in 1964 having looked after the sweepers in its final years.Prefect
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LST Empire Skua 1964425 viewsBuilt Yarrows, Esquimalt as LST 3517,1945. Renamed HMS St. Nazaire 1947. Brought out of mothballs for Suez 1956 under War Office as Empire Skua managed by Atlantic Steam and later BI. Scrapped La Spezia 1968.Prefect
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LST Evan Gibb 1957397 viewsBuilt Fairfield as LST 3037 1945. To War Office 1946 renamed Evan Gibb. Managed by Atlantic Steam and later BI. Scrapped La Spezia 1963.Prefect
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HMS Ranpura555 viewsPaid off in November 1958 after five years on station, mostly in Lazaretto Creek, though on this occasion she was in Grand Harbour.Prefect
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A well stocked Sliema Creek543 viewsphillrose
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