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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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HMS Woodbridge Haven 19594585 viewsIn Sliema Creek with the Minesweeping Squadron.

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HMS Bulawayo2470 viewsNordmark (later Northmark) was a former German Navy fast fleet oiler which was allocated to the Royal Navy by the Inter-Allied Repatriations Commission when British forces entered Copenhagen on 9 May 1945. Cost of conversion to RFA standards was considered prohibitive, so she remained RN. Carried out trials of the abeam method. The Bulawayo Cup was presented to ships on the Mediterranean Station which displayed the most conspicuous efficiency in Replenishment at Sea.
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Airmen's Mess RAF Luqa2431 views2 commentsPrefect
Water Boats2264 viewsPainting by OldBat
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Alongside HMS Forth 19562228 viewsSentinel. Sea Devil, Tudor, Trenchant.
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HMY Britannia 19612190 views©Liz MardelOldBat
HMS Euryalus2160 viewsPrefect
Canberras2078 viewsPrefect
Hell Boats1767 views2 commentsPrefect
Paradise Bay 1956 ©1516 viewsRelaunching their boat at Paradise Bay in choppy weather.
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75 Sqn RAAF Ta Kali 19541509 viewsPrefect
RFA Mounts Bay1444 viewsAs part of Royal Navy's Cougar-12 deployment, together with HMS Illustrious, HMS Bulwark, HMS Northumberland, HMS Montrose and MV Hartland Point. Prefect
HMS Ausonia & Manoel Is. 1959/601232 viewsOther ships are HMS Dainty, parts of HMS Anzio & LST Charles McLeod and a lonely HMS Eastbourne in Sliema Creek. On the island is part of the Leper Hospital, beyond that the Base Supply Office, Fort Manoel, the Diving Centre and Comms Training Centre. To the left of the football pitches is the Canteen (Cinema), in front of which are the tennis courts/roller skating rink of blessed memory.
What a lot of nostalgia!

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Former RN Camerata Barracks, Valletta.1201 views3 commentsPrefect
HMS Ausonia ©1181 viewsIn the summer of 1960 HMS Ausonia went for her summer cruise and is seen here exchanging salutes passing HMS Phoenicia.
Lazaretto Creek 1959-601144 viewsWinter of 1959/1960. HMS Ausonia with alongside to right, HMS Lofoten (LST3027), a 108MSS Ton minesweeper (I think Leverton), HM Tug Brigand (A383) and Ford class launch. To the left the destroyer HMS Dainty (D108) and forward a Weapon Destroyer, probably HMS Crossbow (D96). Forward of these are three LCTs incl HMS Redoubt. To the left the two LSTs are Charles Macleod (ex LST3021) managed by British India Steam Navigation on behalf of the Army and behind it HMS Anzio (LST3003). The remainder of the large number of vessels formed part of the reserve fleet. Notice particularly open fields behind Gzira and Ta’ Xbiex.

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The end of the day, Grand Harbour 1959 ©1110 views10 commentsOldBat
Hermes Squadrons at Hal Far 1966 ©1083 viewsBuccaneers of 809, and Sea Vixens of 892 Squadrons, disembarked from HMS Hermes, ashore at RNAS Hal Far dispersal.Kalabrat
HMS St Angelo1073 viewsFort St Angelo18 commentsPrefect
HMS Woolwich 19471047 viewsPrefect
Raising a submarine in Msida Creek ca 1958 ©1039 viewsPhoto by (Miss) Barbara Kernahan6 commentsOldBat
Destroyers in Sliema Creek1014 viewsRMA Mess on Tigne Street, foreground. LSTs far right.
7th Destroyer Sqn. Probably 1962. HMS Trafalgar, Dunkirk, Jutland, Aisne or Corunna?, Broadsword and Scorpion.
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Manoel Island Lido 1960 ©1004 viewsThis was taken during the summer of 1960 at the Lido (Manoel Island) and shows crew members from the destroyers and frigates berthed in Sliema Creek relaxing. I recall the great fun we had on the diving board and raft both visible in this photograph. There was also a counter on the beach (in reality rocks) that sold cold drinks. For returning an empty bottle you received 1d. Empties were usually thrown into the sea. We only got paid every 14 days so on the blank week, we’d dive for these empty bottles for the 1d return! Happy days.
RFA Maine 1946998 views©Dickinson CollectionPrefect
Postcard - Gzira Creek 989 viewsLooks like HMS Forth in foreground, can anybody name any more?6 commentsdeco.rise
HMS Tiger & Lion in Grand Harbour -24 August 1961971 viewsTiger steaming past her sister ship. According to my records this is the first occasion since the "Tiger" class Cruisers were launched that the two of them are seen together in the Med. Date please??4 commentsdeco.rise
HMS Troutbridge947 viewsThe Navy Lark 1959 - 1977.
Back Row: A.B.Johnson (Ronnie Barker), C.P.O. Pertwee (Jon Pertwee). Lt Bates (Michael Bates), LS Goldstein (Tenniel Evans). Centre: Lieut, Murray (Stephen Murray), Capt. Povey (Richard Caldicot), Sub. Lieut. Phillips (Leslie Phillips). Front: Wren Chasen (Heather Chasen) and Wren Cornwell (Judy Cornwell).
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HMS Forth in her usual place 942 views©Liz MardelOldBat
HMS St Angelo939 views©Liz Mardel
Fort St Angelo
Last White Ensign at Hal Far 931 views31 May 1967 on the disbandment of 728 Naval Air Squadron.

HMS Falcon had already ceased to be on 31 August 1965. RAF Hal-Far was instituted 1st Sept 1965.

The Kalafrana - Hal Far Story
HMS Blake 1961-1963929 views©Lesley ColePrefect
USS John F Kennedy923 views20041 commentsPrefect
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