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36 NAVY NEWS, MAY 2009
Hope for
Field Gun
Explosion!
returns
Ask Jack
A LIFELINE could be thrown at Royal
to a struggling naval museum in
Gosport which is on the verge of
Coastal Forces Heritage Trust: I am a from today’s badge in that it has MW through
closure. Tattoo
Trustee of the above. A current project is to the middle. If you can help, contact Marjory
produce a historical documentary DVD of Moran at marjory.moran@btinternet.com or
Explosion! – the museum of Coastal Forces history from WW1 through tel: 01467 672448.
naval firepower – was due to
THE military and musical to their operational demise in 1957. We are HMS Birmingham, cruiser, last
shut on April 1 after Gosport
spectacular that is the Royal
trying to trace an advertising fi lm made in commission 1959: Whilst returning from
1954 featuring Senior Service cigarettes visits to the Eastern Mediterranean, the
Council decided it could no
Tattoo takes place on May 13-
and depicting a mock Coastal Forces battle. ship was involved in a ‘side swipe’ with the
longer foot the £10,000 monthly
16 and this year features a tribute All our searches of the relevant archives Crossbow. Two engine room ratings were
bill for running the Priddy’s Hard
with a near copy of the Brickwoods
have drawn a blank so far. If you have sent to check for damage of the hull via
any information could you contact Hugh the double bottom. These were overcome
attraction.
Field Gun Race.
Campbell at fi ncastle2000@tiscali.co.uk by fumes and were found to be dead on
But the execution has been
Organisers claim the last time HMS Endurance: I am building a model retrieval. They were buried at sea prior to
stayed as bosses of Portsmouth
that a Field Gun Race took place
of the old HMS Endurance around 1982. the ship arriving in Malta. I am unable to fi x
I am looking for photographs of her taken a date for this incident, nor the names of the
Historic Dockyard are in final
at a Tattoo was during the Inter-
ideally on board showing deck detail, and victims. Can anyone help? Contact John E
talks with the council to take over
Command Field Gun Race at the any other shots that are clear and can be C Mead, The Moorings, 3 Ladymead, Janes
the site – once the RN’s ordnance
last Royal Tournament.
used to help interpret the drawings I have. I Lane, Burgess Hill. RH15 0QW.
am happy to pay for making copies. Contact Telegraphist Air Gunner: Seeking anyone
depot.
This year two 18-man teams
David Calderwood at djac@calderwoodhan. who remembers Lt Cdr C B Kennedy, my
Explosion! opened in the
from HMS Nelson in Portsmouth com or write to 43c Alma Road, Windsor, father. He served in Hood 1938-39 and later
spring of 2001 but has been Bringing down
will compete head-to-head on an
SL4 3HN. trained as an Air Gunner at Kestrel, Worthy
RN Veteran Fencing: Anyone interested Down. He served in Ark Royal (803 NAS),
dogged by funding problems
85yd track with a 190 Pattern
in RN Veteran fencing over 40 with the Furious (801), Indomitable (800), Heron
and has struggled to attract the
Field Gun. purpose of competing against other teams (794) and 795 NAS off Madagascar. He
anticipated visitors – although it
Of course the traditions of the
and navies is asked to contact H De Silva became an AGI and spent time at Excellent,
at gd4ptv@manx.net or write to 6 Little Siskin and also served in Starling, Redpole,
has won a string of museum and
the wall of China
Field Gun Race have been kept
Meddows, Andreas, Isle of Man, IM7 4HY. Striker, Ulster, Bastion, President, Pembroke
tourism awards.
alive with the annual Field Gun Minewarfare Badge 2*: Trying to locate and Lochinvar. If you can help contact C J
The museum was intended to LINKS between the Royal Navy and China continue to fl ourish after a
Day at HMS Collingwood.
a Minewarfare Badge 2* from when the Kennedy, 28 Weavers Walk, Bell Green,
operations branch came into being. It differs Coventry, CV6 7LH or tel: 02476 267245.
be at the hub of a development team of four doctors and scientists from the Institute of Naval Medicine
And the Royal Tattoo at
which would see shops, bars and in Alverstoke visited the country in December.
Windsor Castle will see the teams
restaurants, plus homes built At the invitation of the People’s Liberation Army (Naval) Medical
compete over four nights to
Where are you now?
around the historic site. The Research Institute, Surg Capt David Brown led his party over to the Far
abridged Brickwoods rules with
housing materialised, but not the East for an extensive programme of scientific exchanges with presenta-
the overall winner awarded the
amenities. tions from both sides on a variety of maritime subjects.
Royal Tattoo Trophy, which is
Another key factor in The group spent three days in Shanghai where they were hosted
presented in perpetuity by Land
‘R’ Independent Commando Coy; RM The best of NTV: A double DVD is now
Explosion!’s struggle for survival by the Institute’s director Senior Captain Tao Yongua and Political
Rover. Poole, 1973-75: Does anyone know the available from the creators of Newcastle
whereabouts of (then Lt) I D McGowan RM Television, the Geordie Gunboat’s fi nest
has been its location – a good Commissar Senior Captain Huang Xiaohu.
Event director Simon Brooks-
He was ‘The Boss’ of 1st Schools Visiting media outlet during 1992-95. Both DVDs
20-minute walk from Gosport Up to 200 Chinese doctors and scientists attended the presentations
Ward said: “The Field Gun Race
Team, and later the ‘Big Red & Blue’. I was feature the programmes involved, recent
ferry and at the end of a two-mile by the UK medics who were asked about all aspects of their work.
is a truly iconic competition. one of his ‘Kelpers’, there were fi ve of us who footage of D87’s sad departure on her way to
had served in the Falklands, either on NP the breaker’s yard, karaoke evenings on the
road from the A32. It became clear that the two Institutes have similar programmes of
“We are proud to be the first
8901 or the Red Plum. There was Jim Affrin, fl ightdeck, the Christmas Pantomime in MPA
To that end, Portsmouth Naval work and capabilities, and in consultation with the Naval attaché Beijing,
Tattoo to showcase the tremendous
‘Lou’ Lewington, George Macbride, ‘Taff’ and countless unseen bits of footage which
Base Property Trust is looking to Capt Andrew Tate, areas for future collaboration were identified.
skill and sportsmanship of the Green and myself, ‘Swamper’ Campbell. appeared on television at the time. Cost of
Contact me at iancampbell191@hotmail. this is £11:99 inc P&P. Please contact Vic
save the site – and pump visitors In between the briefings, meetings and presentations, the British team
competitors – the crowd will not
co.uk or tel: 023 9236 9842. Woods at aerodynamik2004@yahoo.co.uk
into it. had a chance to explore the city of Shanghai (described as “amazing”)
be disappointed.”
Bulwark, Albion & Centaur Association: or tel: 023 9235 8055 to reserve your copy
It plans to introduce a and enjoy some Chinese cuisine (“extraordinary”).
This is only the second year of Did you ever serve in Bulwark, Albion of nostalgic bliss.
or Centaur? The association is open to HMS Yarmouth 1970-72: Seeking
waterbus service this summer The highlights were visits to a freezing Forbidden City where the
the Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo,
anyone who served at any time on these Dennis ‘Scarlett’ O’Hara – Cook who came
linking the historic dockyard Royal Naval uniforms attracted as much attention as the sights (pictured
a not-for-profit event supported
ships. Magazine three times per year plus from the Portobello area of Edinburgh and
with both Explosion! and the RN above) and to a snow-covered Great Wall.
by the Royal British Legion, that events including AGM/Social, sea-days and also ‘George’ Barry Parnaby – L/Cook who
anniversary commemorations. Whilst our came from the Sunderland area. Please
Submarine Museum; tickets for The visit was concluded by a trip to Beijing where the INM team met
exists to serve and celebrate the
‘Home Port’ is Pompey, next year’s AGM and contact Stewart Ramsey on 01241 854318
both attractions will be on sale in with the heads of the Navy Logistics and Medical Departments, Rear
endeavours of our Forces’ soldiers,
social will be at Sand Bay Holiday Village, or 07703 528121.
the dockyard and at Gunwharf Admirals Xu Lili and Ling Yongquing.
sailors and airmen. Weston Super Mare, Somerset. We also HMS Cardiff: Barrie is seeking former
sponsor sea cadets from our affi liated SCCs shipmates of his father, Glyn ‘Taffy’
Quays. on the training ship Royalist. Membership is Willacott. Taffy joined the Navy in 1966 and
Trust chief executive Peter
just £8 per annum. Enquiries to Leigh Easton served in HMS Cardiff 1982-85, based in
Goodship said given the extent
at ngsfo@tiscali.co.uk or website: http:// Portsmouth. Taffy was from and still lives
www.bulwarkassoc.plus.com or write to in Cardiff. He is 60 in October and Barrie is
of development which had Glenmoray, Hayford Place, Cambusbarron, organising a surprise party for him. Contact
already taken place at Priddy’s
Stirling, FK7 9JX. Barrie at barriejohn158@yahoo.co.uk or tel:
Hard there was “little room
HMS Caledonia 1965-67: Can anyone 07766 802596.
help me locate fi ve ex RN buddies who HMS Sultan: Seeking Stuart Murray
for manoeuvre”, but he hoped trained with me at HMS Fisgard 1964 (MEM), a submariner, married to Donna and
to bring about a “successful
and HMS Caledonia 1965-67. They are has three children. As far as I am aware he
transformation which the site
Shipwright Artifi cer Pete Emery, originally is at Sultan on a three-year training course.
from Bedworth and now possibly residing Simon lost touch with him a couple of years
richly deserves”. in France. The other four are Engine Room ago. If you know of Stuart could you contact
The key to success, he believes,
Artifi cers, Kenny Bell, Ian Carter, Pete Simon Buck at simon.buck@sky.com or tel:
is encouraging visitors to the
1969
THE TIME OF
Coney and Barry Rose. I have very little info 01775 761674.
on these four except Ian was also known HMS Ganges Upperyardmen: Were you
area’s many nautical attractions as George or Judd and was last heard of in at Ganges living in sick quarters in 1967-68?
to sample both sides of the
Bodmin in 1986. Apart from knowing Barry I’m sure it will be interesting to see what we
harbour.
YOUR LIVES
9 19891
was also a nuclear submariner I have very all did after those two great years. This also
little other information. Not much to go on includes the Tiffs. Get in touch with Phill
“We hope that by saving but maybe someone out there may have part Hadfi eld at philliprhadfi eld@talktalk.net or
Explosion! from closure, we can
We flick back through the pages of Navy News to see which stories of the jigsaw which might help locate them. tel: 01425 654736.
realise our ambition of uniting
were drawing attention in past decades...
Classmates during their training years will be Wrens: Seeking an old friend
holding a reunion in Jan 2010. Contact Don William ‘Bill’ Spencer, of the 1960s. I was
the two sides of the harbour Fawcett at donald.fawcett1@ntlworld.com in the Wrens from 1961 to 1970 and was
– we need to forget artificial
or tel: 023 9269 2964. at Whale Island around 1964-65. Bill came
local boundaries and create
The Survey Ship Association: Any past from Newcastle, I came from Prudhoe on
or present member of ships’ company of Tyne. We travelled up there once on my
Portsmouth Harbour as the any RN Survey ship is eligible to join as a Vespa scooter. We also had a weekend
visitor destination,” Mr Goodship
full member. For further information send in Chatham at the Royal Marine pub
added.
a stamped addressed envelope to: The where I worked. Bill rang my father in the
Secretary SSA, 8 Grosvenor Court, 74 East 1980s while I was in the USA. I am now
Concorde
Lodge Park, Farlington, Portsmouth, PO6 Vito but was then Eileen Ward. Contact me
1BY or e-mail: secretary@surveyships.org. at vitoeileenward@ukgateway.net or tel:
uk or telephone 023 9279 1258. 020 8677 0937.
applaud Talking Navy News goes digital
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IN CELEBRATION of another Portsmouth Area Talking News for those with difficulty reading normal type. Contact
40th anniversary this year, the
023 9269 0851 and leave a message with a contact number, or email patn-rec@hotmail.
Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS
com. A speaker that will take a USB plug is required but this can be obtained from the
Talking News, or the file can be played back through a computer.
Yeovilton planned a special day of
talks and fi lms under the birthday
girl’s unusual delta wings.
Concorde 002 first took off Contact sheet
from Filton on April 9 1969,
and seven years later she arrived
at the Fleet Air Arm Museum
where she is housed in a purpose-
Ministry of Defence: 0870 607 4455, Seafarers UK: 020 7932 0000, www.
built hangar.
www.mod.uk seafarers-uk.org
Royal Navy recruitment: 0845 607 5555, SSAFA Forces Help: 0845 1300 975,
Speakers at the event included www.royalnavy.mod.uk www.ssafa.org.uk
Concorde captains David
Veterans Agency: 0800 169 2277, www. RN Community: www.rncom.mod.uk
Rowland and Ian McNeilly, first
veteransagency.mod.uk Royal Naval Museum: 023 9272 7562,
Medals enquiries: 0800 085 3600 www.royalnavalmuseum.org
officer Peter Benn and senior RN and RM Service records: 023 9262 Fleet Air Arm Museum: 01935 840565,
flight crew Jo Bramley.
8779 or 023 9262 8667 www.fl eetairarm.com
Royal Naval Association: 023 9272 3823, Royal Marines Museum: 023 9281 9385,
There will be an unusual way
www.royal-naval-association.co.uk www.royalmmarinesmuseum.co.uk
to cap this anniversary year, a RNBT: 023 9269 0112 (general), 023 9266 RN Submarine Museum: 023 9252 9217,
Christmas concert with mulled
0296 (grants), www.rnbt.org.uk www.rnsubmus.co.uk
British Legion: 08457 725725, www. National Maritime Museum: 020 8312
wine and mince pies held under
britishlegion.org.uk 6565, www.nmm.ac.uk
Concorde herself on December Naval Families Federation: 023 9265 Imperial War Museum: 020 7416 5320,
10.
4374, www.nff.org.uk www.iwm.org.uk
The HMS Heron and ● Just months after the fi rst ‘touch and go’ exercises on board HMS Eagle, a RN Phantom (F4K)
Northwood HQ Volunteer Bands completes its fi rst arrested deck landing on June 2 1969; in the background is HMS Diana
will perform their Christmas
NOTICEBOARD ENTRIES
Concert under Concorde.
May 1969
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