PORTSMOUTH NAVY Command News
H.M.S. PERSEUS e voyage to Siagapore
THE FERRY carrier H.M.S. Perseus
is on her way to Singapore with a truly amazing variety of cargo. Green Line buses for Kurc from the W.V.S..
tons of comforts" for the troops in
Malaya. aircraft, a fire engine. Royal Navy transport, caravans, even a con- crete mixer.
About 2(K) Service personnel are
being brought to various ships and shore establishments in the Far East.
At Malta the helicopter squadron
disembarked and made a fine picture as they took off from the flight deck to fly to Hal Far.
brief stop at Gibraltar to go ashore for some exercise.
Sports parties took advantage of a
shipmen and boy telegraphists, visited places of interest in Malta. such as St. Anton Gardens, Rabat, and the dome
at Mosta. Much to the glee of the rest of the party some of those who delayed coming down from the dome found
themselves locked in some hundreds of feet up. However the guide was found
eventually and all returned safely to the ship after a really good meal at the Under-Twenty Club.
was the day sshcn we passed within 100 yards of the Royal Yacht between Malta and Tobruk. A royal salute was fired and three cheers given for Her
Splice the mainbracc. 1R." Rehearsals for the ship's concert,
The high-light of the voyage so far A party consisting mostly of mid' (contd.) HÆ GLASGOW
MILLIONS OF English listeners were given a last vivid picture of H.M.S.
Glasgow during the broadcast com-
mentary of the Queen's return home from the Commonwealth Tour. The
shin was steaming past H.M.Y Brit- annia at 25 knots, making her farewell salutations to Her Majesty, prior to proceeding to Portsmouth for recom-
missioning. The ship had, by that time, escorted the Queen and the Royal Family for over 2.000 miles, first
meeting the Royal Yacht on its way from Tobruk. about 200 miles to the cast of Malta. In brilliant Mediter-
ranean weather, the picture of the line of cruisers. Glasgow Gambia and Bermuda, and two Daring class ships on one side and a line of destroyers on the other side of Britannia, was a sight that will live long in the minds of those who were privileged to see it. Each
ship fired the royal salute as the Britannia was closed, and then, the
lines wheeling inwards, passed close to the yacht for the ships' companies to cheer tier Majesty and welcome her back
consenting to be photographed with the ship's company.
H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh paid the ship the great honour of graciously
As flagship to Admiral the Earl Mounibatten of Burma, Commander- in-Chief Mediterranean, H.MS
Majesty, who graciously replied with the signal "You did that very well.
which has just taken place, occupied a good deal of recreational time and revealed much talent.
ward to a trip to Sigeriya, the ancient capital of Ceylon.
VICTORIA BARRACKS, V.I.P.
YES, V.B. is a Very Important Place when we remember that a very high
percentage of us first became
acquainted with Navy ways within its red brick walls, those products )t the Victorian - Thuringian - Scottish. Gothic style of architecture. Most o
At the moment we are looking for-
gow has carried out many important missions in and around the Mediter-
ranean area during the past two and a half years, but ships of the same name
have been making history for the past two and a half centuries.
A search into the records shows that
the first Glasgow was a sixth-rate ship, commissioned in the Scots Navy in
1696 as the Royal Mary. At the Union of Scotland and England in 1707 this
ship became a unit of the British Navy and uas renamed Glasgow. Since those days there have been six other ships of
the same name and all have played distinguished parts in shaping the
destiny of the British people. One ship, a turbine cruiser, took a leading part in the Battle of Coronet in the Falkland
isles in the first World War. The present ship was commissioned
us carried out Joining Routine there- in and "kitted up,' an operation
copter. There we learned the ancient craft of dressing as a seaman and lashed our first hammock, how to march and salute, to bath and wash clothes, to present arms and fire a
originally designed to ensure the re- tention of our nether garments when being landed from a hovering heli-
in 1937 at Greenock and during her 17 years has served in many parts of the world, especially in the Mediter- ranean and the East Indies, Her total
mileage covered is now about the half million mark, or about twenty times the distance round the world. In the
second World War together with H.M.S. Enterprise, she took part in an action which sank three German
rifle. There patiently we were ex- amined - our bodies, eyes, teeth. brains: and although to those who instructed and trained us we were
separate beings, each with many varied peculiarities, we grew aware of our places in the vast organisation of the Service and of how we should
fit in as the small moving parts of a mighty fighting machine.
" Our ideas of how we should behave
change, for already we were becoming old salts. We could say, with a cer-
tain air, to our pals still in 'Civvy Street," "Roll on my flipping 12.'
knowing full well that it sounded im- pressive to the ears of the uninitiated.
Some of us perhaps would like those days over again so that some
things could be altered. We should like to show that instructor that after all we are not such clodhoppers, that we can move the left arm with the
right leg, and that changing step is a gift. We remember the day when we
approached that kindly looking man and said, "Wotcher, chum, got a good
job here?" and realised later that he was called the "Buffer." Some of us
enquired innocently of a man ssho looked a knowing sort, "Where can I flog these, cock?" and found out afterwards the duties of the "Crusher.'
Perhaps we were one of those sentries who halted a civilian and then, having identified him as Lieut.-Cdr. Dash,
said carelessly, "O.K., chum, You're late, aren't you?"
some the hard way; but however we learned, we contributed our share to the life-stream that passes ever on- wards through Victoria Barracks. Whatever we did in our naval cradle,
we owe something in return for the firm yet understanding discipline of
in the Service, by living a mans life- - a sailor's. It's up to us.
"Disce at ins-
the nursery. How can we repay? The answer is quite simple. It is by our behaviour back in the home town, by fair reports and sound advice to our townees. by a helping hand to a 'nozzer," by personal pride and pride
We have learned-some of us easily,
and what we should do as soon as we went back home on leave began to
destroyers and damaged tow' more by devastang gunnery. This was on December 28. 1943, and has been
known as the Holy Innocents' Day
action. She also took port in the evacuation of Norway and was several times damaged during the war, the scars of which she carries to this day.
Alively contact has been maintained with the city of Glasgow and two years
ago a beautiful silver galleon, a model of a former Glasgow. was presented to the ship.
spell at Portsmouth for recommission- ing, and again making history as the first ship to commission under the General Service Commission scheme,
The ship, having had a very short
again flagship to the Commander-in- Chief Mediterranean, and no doubt the
is sailing very shortly to become once
new commission will achieve and main- tain the high standards attained in the past.
A. P. DAVIS EMI, H.M.S. Excellent, died Mayo. 954
F. D. ~DING, C.P.O. Tel.. iI.%tS. Meressy died May 13,
While at Malta, the Queen and
may suddenly be startled to see the While Ensign. You have arrived at H.M.S. Royal Arthur.
As you drive through the gate you will be struck with the contrast to its
em. There is a friendly feeling of cheerfulness and enthusiasm that i infectious.
surroundings. The lawns and flower- beds are neat and beautifully kept, the roads are clean, the quartermaster and his staff on the gate are smart; even the atmosphere of the place is differ-
Originally, the camp was one of the
many built during the war to acconi- modalc industrial workers. Three of the
camps were later taken over by the
Admiralty to form H.M.S. Royal Aithur, the New Entry establishment. On January 2, 1947, although remain- ing part of Royal Arthur. Kingsmoor
Camp began its life as the Pett
Officers' School, including on its stall H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, then a lieutenant. When the New Entr establishment closed down in 1950.
Kingsmoor remained and also retained the ship's name. As the essential link between officers
and men, the petty officer must be of the highest standard if the Service is to be an efficient one. It is the school's job, not only to help the petty officers attain the standard, but to see that the stand-
ard itself is not allowed to deteriorate. The main object of the school is there- fore to explain to petty officers the meaning of leadership and the qualities required in a leader.
ent, and so half the syllabus is designed to give the petty officers the chance of putting into practice what they are
designed to give petty officers a general knowledge of the Service, much on the lines of a staff course.
one and demands a high degree of concentration, but it is by no means dull work. There are periods of relaxa- tion and even entertainment such as the
The syllabus is naturally a very full
demonstrations, while on the practical side there are general drills, an escap-
defaulters, court-martial and other
ing prisoner exercise in the country and an obstacle course. Most popular per- haps are the dog-watch games which,
although not compulsory, are played and attended with keen enthusiasm. The feelings of the petty officers on joining vary from interest to boredom
Theory alone, however, is not suffici-
taught and of developing their qualities. The remainder of the instruction is
(>11 fire in HM-5. Charity oft the coast of Korea H.M.S. CHARITY VERY LITTLE has been said about
the achievement, during the Korean War, of the Portsmouth-manned de- stroyer Charity.
Class to participate in the Korean War. sailed from the Mediterranean to join the Eighth Destroyer Squadron in the Far East in 1950, where, until the
signing of the Armistice, many events were proudly achieved.
steamed 126,000 miles, this being the Fleet record.
During the Korean War, Charity
stroying a whole train, automatically became a member of the "Train
members of this club than American. In the early part of the war Charity
was commanded by Lieut. -Cdr. P. Worth, D.S.C., R.N., who was super'
H.M.S. Charity, succeeding in de-
Busters' Club," a club proudly insti- tuted by the Americans-although at is a fact that there were more British
The Charity, being the only "CH"
seded by Cdr. J. A. C. Henley, DS.C., R.N., in the autumn of 1951.
1952, up to early summer, 1953, the greatest disappointment throughout Charity's commission came when the
then Captain, Cdr. R. Gatehouse, D.S.C. and Two Bars. R.N., announced
to the ship's company that he was, on medical grounds. returning to the United Kingdom.
This indeed was sad, but not so sad
as it was gratifying when, in contrast, we heard after our Captain's return that he was quite fit and was becoming the new Commanding Officer of H.M.S. Tenacious.
Until the end of this great ship's commission. Charity was commanded
by Lieut.-Cdr. C. M. Harwood. R.N., late First Lieutenant,
There is not the least doubt about
the motto given this small ship. "The Greatest of These."
Leading Writer James Keith On the latter's supcrsession in June.
and even apprehension. They are, how- ever, unanimous in their general
opinion at the end of the course-it was well worth doing! Perhaps the most
heartening aspect is the remarkable team spirit the courses develop in the short time that they are at the school, a spirit which it's hoped they will
keep when they, return to their ships and establishments.
WITH DRAFT chits falling like leaves in autumn, due to the revised schemes
of sea-going commissions. Phanix nevertheless has managed to keep well
occupied with sport and entertainment. We have finished with inter-port
soecer for the season, and the inter-
port cricket ii well under way. Due to the drafting situation, we have not entered for any league this season, but are prepared to meet anyone in a
LONDON THE INTERNATIONAL convention
oil may be dumped from ships into the sea. This agreement, however, will not come into force for 12 months. Many
altogether. This would mean providing expensive facilities at all ports.
friendly. The tennis court is being well used and we hope to make a name in the inter-port knock-out competition.
The term opened well, for the second day saw the S B.C., with the "Miles
Ahead" programme, perform in front of a packed house in the cinema. All ears will be alert on Friday. June 25, at 7.30 p.m., when the Phonix pro-
gramme goes out on the Light wave- length. One thing is certain that P.O. Wood's answer to the quiz master's
question. "From what plant do we get linseed oil." will cause a laugh. The
programme was very well done, and we are looking forward to the next, which our tame spy says "will be in the near future."
"chucker-uppers" leaves for Earl's Court to cheer the Portsmouth field-
H.M.S. ROYAL ARThUR Dow. in dae C0~7
IF YOU turn oft the Great West Road at Pickwick and drive for half a mile
you will come to a broad now road that seems strangely out of place, and is bounded on either side of its half-
mile length by a high wire fence. Even more out of place is the large modern
post office on the corner. Both road and gat
aove been the town of Hawthorn. After the beauty of the Wiltshire countryside, the sight of Hawthorn is distinctly depressing.
The displaced persons' hutment camp at the lower end of the road does
side road that leads round the back of the camp, you
nothing to improve the view. If, how- ever, you follow the
office were built for what was to
gun crew on to victory against last year's winners. Devonport. when tie. meet in the evening run. Let's all
hope that Pompey will really pull it off this year and return with all three
playing fields being prepared, anyone who knew Phirnix last year, or earlier. will have a pleasant shock.
forgotten. All messes are being repanellcd. painted, roofed
Accommodation, too, has not been and in
some cases rebuilt. A very certain example of our own name Phcnix arising from the dust.
P.S.-Any takers for a friendly
water-polo match? All good wishcs for a rising circula-
tion from H.M.S. Phtrnix. More C, ':'m,nJ !ew. on p. /2
What with millions of flower seeds, flowering shrubs, tennis courts
and On Wednesday. June 16, a bunch of
raged recently in the columns of a northern newspaper. Bakers, confec- tioners and ordinary citizens have
A fierce correspondence war has
argued about the correct names which should be used to describe various
All pies have tops. All tarts have bottoms.
products of the kitchen oven. One
correspondent laid down the following principles:
Things like pudding-basins a r e bowls
Things like washing-up bowls are basins.
new bungalow while blackbird fledg- SAHARA
SHELTHORPE, LINCOLNSIURE Builders stopped work on part of a
lings learnt to fly. The parents built the nest in a ventilator before the roof was put on.
needs is a little water and some good people."
Oldest inhabitant: "All this country too."
Explorer: "That's' all hell needs. CANADA
During the past seven years. Canada's production of oil has increased more
than 10-fold, and she has become one
of the world's leading producers. In 1947 she produced only 9 per cent. of i*he
955 she will he entirely self-sufficaient The oil boom has been due to the dis-
oil she used. It is expected th t by
coveries of oil in Alberta. As yet, only a fraction of all the possible oil-bearing land in Canada has been covered.
British officials approach hopefully the next move in the 1 rieste dispute.
on oil pollution, adopted unanimously in London by delegates from 40 coun- tries, provides for coastal zones throughout the world within which no
experts believe that the only real solu- tion is to stop dumping at an
They have found recently a much better spirit of good will between the Italians and the Yugoslavs, and a get.
= to her to di%cuss partition may now
place. TAIPEUP FORMOSA
been installed as President of Nationalist China for a further six
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Sbek has years, ROT1'ERDAM
Rotterdain, blitzed in May, 1940, has now been rebuilt. THULE, GREENLAND
About half the devastated area of
, and an American civilian scientist have returned to Thule after
The five have been studying pack-ice conditions and the strange sluggish currents in which the island drifts.
Canada in the first quarter of 1954. 7,882 were from Britain and 6,156 from
Of 28233 immigrants who landed in Italy. BENEVENTO, ITALY
case of a 42-year-old man who said he went to bed with a severe headache and woke up to find hair on the pillow and none on his head.
Doctors here are investigating the
Punjab. is an artificial city which will cost about 12 million pounds for a
CHANDIGARU, PUNJAB, INDIA Chandigarh, the new capital of the
population of 150.000. In 1947 the Sikhs and Hindus of the Punjab lost Lahore, their beloved capital, to
Pakistan. Chandigarh was planned by an American architect. A Frenchman
and his team, including two British architects, are responsible for the building of the city.
rubber tube from a cask is handed to the customer, who drinks as much as he can in the time.
Wine is sold here by the minute. A
living for four months on T-3. T-3 is an island of ice which has for year'. been drifting round the North Pole.
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