Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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39 Squadron, RAF LUQA675 viewsThis may be optimistic at a file size of 216kb, but if you can zoom in enough there may be one or two fathers that can be recognised.1 commentsIvan
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HMS Cowdray 1945-6569 viewsOhio in the background.Prefect
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Sliema Creek 508 viewsEarly 50s.Prefect
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Airmen's Mess RAF Luqa2364 views2 commentsPrefect
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Supermarine Attacker TS409591 viewsOne of the FAA's first jet fighters, at Luqa.Prefect
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HMS Eagle RM Band381 viewsPrefect
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The Mountbattens c 1950392 viewsPrefect
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Monty at Luqa372 viewsPrefect
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Avro Ashton478 viewsExperimental Jet Airliner/Bomber c1950.Prefect
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Lancaster GR Mk 3 over Filfla c1952732 views37 Squadron.
Crashed on Luqa village 30 Dec 1952- See ToM.
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Villa Rosa 619 views& St George's Bay 19455 commentsPrefect
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Command Pay Office388 viewsSt George's Barracks 1945Prefect
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HMS Woolwich 19471024 viewsPrefect
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HMS Ark Royal 1960s421 viewsPrefect
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RFA Dingledale300 viewsCourtesy of MaltaPost.
Probably taken from this photo.
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RFA Brown Ranger301 viewsCourtesy of MaltaPost
Full set here.
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A gathering of RFAs ©354 viewsBayleaf, Sir Bedivere, & Sir Percivale on the way home from the Gulf 2003.
Barry Thompson.
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To All our Readers350 views(Stirring the Pud. RFA Tarbatness 1972. Photo GGM.)Prefect
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5th Destroyer Squadron Malta 1960-1962584 views1 commentsscrumpyrat
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HMS Ark Royal435 viewsPaying off for the last time 16 November 1978.2 commentsPrefect
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HMS Ark Royal386 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.
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RFA Association Malta © 413 viewsWith HRH The Earl of Wessex & Captain David Buck.Prefect
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Royal Visit to RFA Mounts Bay © 347 viewsReportPrefect
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RFA Mounts Bay1418 viewsAs part of Royal Navy's Cougar-12 deployment, together with HMS Illustrious, HMS Bulwark, HMS Northumberland, HMS Montrose and MV Hartland Point. Prefect
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HMS Illustrious today366 viewsPicture - Noel Psaila mynews@timesofmalta.comPrefect
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HMS Blake 1961405 viewsPrefect
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Hell Boats1709 views2 commentsPrefect
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Hell Boats 1970716 viewsThe MoviePrefect
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HSL 107574 views © IWM (CM 4310). Returning to base at Ta' Veccia, St Paul's Bay.Prefect
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RAF Seaplane Tender 1943459 viewsEscort for VIPs (including Monty) visiting new US Airfield in Gozo.
From this book.
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RAF HSL 107 1941-2620 viewsat full speed in St Paul's Bay at nearly 40 knots.
From this book.
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LST Empire Nordic372 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
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