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HMS Woodbridge Haven 19594258 viewsIn Sliema Creek with the Minesweeping Squadron.
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HMS Bulawayo2432 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 Luqa2340 views2 commentsPrefect
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Water Boats2211 viewsPainting by OldBat
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Alongside HMS Forth 19562154 viewsSentinel. Sea Devil, Tudor, Trenchant.
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HMY Britannia 19612133 views©Liz MardelOldBat
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HMS Euryalus2124 viewsPrefect
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Hell Boats1688 views2 commentsPrefect
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75 Sqn RAAF Ta Kali 19541478 viewsPrefect
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Paradise Bay 1956 ©1476 viewsRelaunching their boat at Paradise Bay in choppy weather.
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RFA Mounts Bay1406 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 Ausonia & Manoel Is. 1959/601178 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!
Mac

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HMS Ausonia ©1136 viewsIn the summer of 1960 HMS Ausonia went for her summer cruise and is seen here exchanging salutes passing HMS Phoenicia.
Mac
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Former RN Camerata Barracks, Valletta.1132 views3 commentsPrefect
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Lazaretto Creek 1959-601091 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.
Mac


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The end of the day, Grand Harbour 1959 ©1041 views10 commentsOldBat
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Hermes Squadrons at Hal Far 1966 ©1031 viewsBuccaneers of 809, and Sea Vixens of 892 Squadrons, disembarked from HMS Hermes, ashore at RNAS Hal Far dispersal.Kalabrat
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HMS St Angelo1015 viewsFort St Angelo18 commentsPrefect
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HMS Woolwich 19471009 viewsPrefect
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Raising a submarine in Msida Creek ca 1958 ©986 viewsPhoto by (Miss) Barbara Kernahan6 commentsOldBat
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Destroyers in Sliema Creek966 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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RFA Maine 1946964 views©Dickinson CollectionPrefect
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Manoel Island Lido 1960 ©954 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.
Mac
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Postcard - Gzira Creek 950 viewsLooks like HMS Forth in foreground, can anybody name any more?6 commentsdeco.rise
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HMS Tiger & Lion in Grand Harbour -24 August 1961927 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
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HMS Troutbridge909 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 St Angelo896 views©Liz Mardel
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Last White Ensign at Hal Far 891 views31 May 1967 on the disbandment of 728 Naval Air Squadron.

The Kalafrana - Hal Far Story
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HMS Blake 1961-1963890 views©Lesley ColePrefect
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HMS Forth in her usual place 889 views©Liz MardelOldBat
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USS John F Kennedy878 views20041 commentsPrefect
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