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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Kalafrana 1920s532 viewsPrefect
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Land of Romance558 viewsAs drawn on a postcard depicting Strada Stretta before the war.
McEwans had a bottling plant in Malta.
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The Navy Returns - Part 2413 viewsArk Royal in St Paul's Bay, June 1988, where along with the rest of her group Edinburgh, Fort Grange & Olwen (Outback 88), she received a warm welcome having been illegally prevented from entering Grand Harbour by a certain political faction. Prefect
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The Navy Returns 1986438 viewsPrefect
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234 Signals Squadron Parade at Lintorn Barracks 702 views234 Signals Squadron, the last British Army Unit in Malta who moved to Mtarfa in July 1971 as Lintorn was handed over to the Government. (Photo is earlier).Prefect
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RAF Luqa613 viewsPrefect
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HMS Alderney431 viewsPrefect
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HMS Corbrae 1946427 views Purchased in 1940 as a Mine Destructor Vessel (MDV) . She was used as a stop-gap measure for combating magnetic mines, along with 9 other ships of the type (plus 2 non-engined), fitted with a 300-ton electro-magnet in her bow to set off any magnetic mines near to the ship. Structural damage became a frequent happening. In 1944 she was re-designated 'Repair Ship' and was sent for disposal in November 1946.Prefect
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HMS Wolfe 1945 - 1947 706 viewsPrefect
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HMS Narvik & charges555 views1960 - 62.1 commentsPrefect
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39 Squadron, RAF LUQA733 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 1945-6619 viewsOhio in the background.1 commentsPrefect
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Sliema Creek 563 viewsEarly 50s.Prefect
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Airmen's Mess RAF Luqa2461 views2 commentsPrefect
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Supermarine Attacker TS409642 viewsOne of the FAA's first jet fighters, at Luqa.Prefect
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HMS Eagle RM Band424 viewsPrefect
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The Mountbattens c 1950442 viewsPrefect
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Monty at Luqa414 viewsPrefect
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Avro Ashton551 viewsExperimental Jet Airliner/Bomber c1950.Prefect
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Lancaster GR Mk 3 over Filfla c1952796 views37 Squadron.
Crashed on Luqa village 30 Dec 1952- See ToM.
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Villa Rosa 677 views& St George's Bay 19455 commentsPrefect
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Command Pay Office436 viewsSt George's Barracks 1945Prefect
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HMS Woolwich 19471067 viewsPrefect
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HMS Ark Royal 1960s463 viewsPrefect
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RFA Dingledale334 viewsCourtesy of MaltaPost.
Probably taken from this photo.
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RFA Brown Ranger334 viewsCourtesy of MaltaPost
Full set here.
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A gathering of RFAs ©398 viewsBayleaf, Sir Bedivere, & Sir Percivale on the way home from the Gulf 2003.
Barry Thompson.
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To All our Readers386 views(Stirring the Pud. RFA Tarbatness 1972. Photo GGM.)Prefect
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5th Destroyer Squadron Malta 1960-1962652 views1 commentsscrumpyrat
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HMS Ark Royal477 viewsPaying off for the last time 16 November 1978.2 commentsPrefect
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HMS Ark Royal432 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 © 454 viewsWith HRH The Earl of Wessex & Captain David Buck.Prefect
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