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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Command Pay Office393 viewsSt George's Barracks 1945Prefect
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RFA Wave Master392 viewsDoing a Mediterranean Moor with a dghajsa running the stern lines.Prefect
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St George's Barracks392 viewsPrefect
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Malta Story 1953391 viewsPrefect
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HMS Fearless391 views©Chris Howell CollectionPrefect
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HMS Ark Royal391 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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HMS Alderney391 viewsPrefect
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HMS Coniston 1956390 viewsPassing RFA Brown Ranger.Prefect
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RFA Wave Sovereign 1947390 viewsPrefect
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Nostalgia for Boys387 viewsPrefect
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HMS Glamorgan387 views©Chris Howell CollectionPrefect
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HMS Edderton 1956386 viewsAnd Ranpura.Prefect
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HMS Hexton 1956386 viewsPrefect
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HMS Tudor 1956386 viewsHere endeth the T Class.
RFA War Hindoo right.
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Eagle & Victorious c1958386 viewsPrefect
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Salerno Company 41 CDO RM385 viewsLeaving St Angelo to embark in Sir Lancelot.Prefect
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HMS Illustrious today385 viewsPicture - Noel Psaila mynews@timesofmalta.comPrefect
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HMS Eagle RM Band385 viewsPrefect
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Wrens in Marsamxett c1945385 viewsPrefect
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RFA Tiderace384 views1956
Renamed Tideflow in 1958.
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HMS Woodbridge Haven 1955383 viewsLoch Class frigate converted to Support Ship for Coastal Minesweepers.Prefect
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Naval Parade c1958382 viewsAt Corradino?
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Crab Air382 viewsMartin Powell
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RFA Olna382 views©Chris Howell Collection4 commentsPrefect
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Valiant380 viewsTa Kali Air Display c1958.
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Recruiting 1955380 viewsPrefect
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HMS Corbrae 1946380 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 Dufton 1957378 viewsPrefect
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LST Empire Nordic378 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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Manxman 1952378 viewsDuring the filming of Single Handed at Dwejra Bay.
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Birzebuggia Xmas party c1952378 viewsMe in plaits. 'Waiters' in uniform.

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