** 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.


CORBRAE1946_.jpg
HMS Corbrae 1946389 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
Wolfe.jpg
HMS Wolfe 1945 - 1947 674 viewsPrefect
Narvik.jpg
HMS Narvik & charges516 views1960 - 62.1 commentsPrefect
39_sqdn_RAF2C_1966_216kb.jpg
39 Squadron, RAF LUQA693 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
COWDRAY.jpg
HMS Cowdray 1945-6581 viewsOhio in the background.Prefect
al8A.jpg
Sliema Creek 527 viewsEarly 50s.Prefect
Airmens_Mess_RAF_Luqa_Maltaw.jpg
Airmen's Mess RAF Luqa2386 views2 commentsPrefect
Supermarine_Attacker_TS409w.jpg
Supermarine Attacker TS409608 viewsOne of the FAA's first jet fighters, at Luqa.Prefect
EagleBand.jpg
HMS Eagle RM Band393 viewsPrefect
al2A.jpg
The Mountbattens c 1950407 viewsPrefect
al3A.jpg
Monty at Luqa382 viewsPrefect
Avro_Ashton_WB491w.jpg
Avro Ashton497 viewsExperimental Jet Airliner/Bomber c1950.Prefect
Lancaster_SW_344w.jpg
Lancaster GR Mk 3 over Filfla c1952750 views37 Squadron.
Crashed on Luqa village 30 Dec 1952- See ToM.
4 commentsPrefect
VR.jpg
Villa Rosa 641 views& St George's Bay 19455 commentsPrefect
StGB.jpg
Command Pay Office406 viewsSt George's Barracks 1945Prefect
woolwich47.jpg
HMS Woolwich 19471039 viewsPrefect
Ark60s.jpg
HMS Ark Royal 1960s436 viewsPrefect
MT036-12w800.jpg
RFA Dingledale308 viewsCourtesy of MaltaPost.
Probably taken from this photo.
Prefect
MT029-12w.jpg
RFA Brown Ranger310 viewsCourtesy of MaltaPost
Full set here.
Prefect
baybedipercy.jpg
A gathering of RFAs ©370 viewsBayleaf, Sir Bedivere, & Sir Percivale on the way home from the Gulf 2003.
Barry Thompson.
Prefect
tbtnessw.jpg
To All our Readers362 views(Stirring the Pud. RFA Tarbatness 1972. Photo GGM.)Prefect
5th_Destroyer_Squadron_Malta_1960-1962.jpg
5th Destroyer Squadron Malta 1960-1962600 views1 commentsscrumpyrat
ark_final2.jpg
HMS Ark Royal452 viewsPaying off for the last time 16 November 1978.2 commentsPrefect
arkfinal161178.jpg
HMS Ark Royal400 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 © 425 viewsWith HRH The Earl of Wessex & Captain David Buck.Prefect
20121122-MNTS_Malta_TRH_3-U.JPG
Royal Visit to RFA Mounts Bay © 358 viewsReportPrefect
1119_RFA_Mounts_Bay_-_L_3008.jpg
RFA Mounts Bay1433 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 today392 viewsPicture - Noel Psaila mynews@timesofmalta.comPrefect
Blake1961.JPG
HMS Blake 1961417 viewsPrefect
stills_AutoCollage_7_Images.jpg
Hell Boats1725 views2 commentsPrefect
Hellboats.jpg
Hell Boats 1970727 viewsThe MoviePrefect
HSL107IWM_28CM_431029.jpg
HSL 107587 views © IWM (CM 4310). Returning to base at Ta' Veccia, St Paul's Bay.Prefect
873 files on 28 page(s) 9