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1I,M,S. FLEE1WOOD Ho
ON JUNE I H.M.S. Fleetwood, like Illany other ships in the Navy, comes
under the category of Home Port Service, where time spent on board is rated equivalent to that spent in any
,; f:pot ashore.
, Ivery interesting topics of thought and For instance on June I
rhis should and could produce some
" Fleetwood will be somewhere in the North Scottish waters, and the odds
"pitching slightly, or more probably What then happens to the elements
are that she will be either rolling or "
"unruffled appearance akin to the parade in Royal Navy Barracks and
direction? the change to be felt in the other
fr I * ,
in this memorable day? 1)0 the seas at once assume that calm, placid and
someunsuspecting shore establishment to be rudely shattered by a series of
lsthcoeace and Guiet of* "bestir
.20-foot waves thundering through the A new production of the main gates? Are we to be treated to seventh longest run in
H.M.S. Siskln team, 1953-54 United Services League (Division 1) cham- pIons, Home Air Command Cup wInner,, US, Challenge Cup winners and Navy Cup winner,
roundthe bollards and volunteered to take oarS in a
Scrgt, Reed. Front row: CAR. Ridley, Capt. I, A. Sarel, A.A.2 Cutbush (captain), Cdr. (5) Page and Lieut.-Cdr. Mcllvecn
H.M,.S. STARLING OUR SUMMER term started literall)
smoothly. On a glassy sea, we lefi Portsmouth shortly after Easter on a
flying visit to Zcebrugge. We were to assist in the annual ceremony which commemorates the famous action of
Central panied us. as well as an immaculate
Admiral Keyes during the first World War. A distinguished guest, Major' General C. R. W. Lamplough. accom-
guard made up of boys from H.M.S. St. Vincent. The Belgians proved to be most hospitable and made our visit both memorableand pleasant.
that life on the Starling is boring to the extreme, displacing the same water
One would be inclined to imagine
more or less every day.On the contrary. In the past few weeks we have been
invaded on two occasions by hordes of Wolf Cubs, whose antics. I am
stern to stern, and departed tired. happy anddetermined to join the Royal
trouble, and spent a very full day on board. 1 hey were shown the ship from
when we were called up to escort L.C.T. 4039 (having lost her rudder) into Portsmouth.
A.B.a Milsom and Baker, took part in the Squadron rifle shooting activities. A.B. Milsom excelled himself, win-
Two membersof the ship's company,
giving ceremony he was rewarded with twoteam medals, and for his individual
Licut. Stark and A.B. Smellie were selected to play cricket for the United Services. AR. Smellie has since been chosen as twelfth man for the Royal
fling individual firsts for distances of 300, 500 and 600 yards. At the prize-
efforts he received a silver medal and
three bronze ones. Quite an achieve- ment.
at Gibraltar. On Tuesday, March 23, ships large and small, going to wood Studios as a mermaid in their normal routine was rudely inter. promise not to get into difficulties and the Technicolor comedy "Mad I rupted when they were invaded by a trouble? Thus we can wash out all
NINE SMALL ships of the Reserve Fleet lay alongside the Detached Mole
scrubbers, brushes, pots and paint. please all "sea-going" natives Operation "Glamour" had commenced.
of "Mrs. Mops," armed with
" the Reserve Fleet personnel were far state of affairs is to continue, we can mermaid on the screen " she Mediterranean work" in the near future.
the visit of H.M. the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to Gibraltar. A
a period of 62 days H.M.S. Fleetwood has steamed 9.155 miles and, if this
tails had to have Glynis's appro- val. "The last time I played a
too few to carry out this task, the foresee lots of defects in our "brick- save, "I looked like a sardine." Commander-in.Ch
(Admiral the Earl Mounthatten) had allocated the task as an evolution t
sure, would have provided that eminent cartoonist, (iilcs, with plenty of material. They were, however. no
the Home and Mediterranean Fleets be the greatest indignity of all. during the Combined fleet meeting.
join in with us on the Emergency Destroyer Duty List. or are all other
overall so that they would present a be introduced into the Service. That of log, the third for swimming and good appearance on the occasion of Bricklayer 1st. 2nd and 3rd class? In the last as a stand-by. All the
These nine ships were to be painted assume that a new rating will shortly for sitting in, another for loung-
E.M.D. duties. This. I am sure, will about Men"-'hut a super mci- In view of this change are we to all being worn at once. One is
maid this time. She hasn't only one tail, but four. These are not
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Jane Russell in two scent's from "Th. French Line"
but to be branded the man who was fessional fishermen to bring in live R.K.O. Radio release, which she will sea-sick in a shore establishment would sharks at £70 a head for scenes in their make this summer. The popular and
R.K.O. Radio hired a couple of pro- color production in SuperSeope for
parties from ships of both Fleets con- refreshing to come up against those Gilbert Roland, There was one pro' ranch holdings, including a herd of verged on these nine small ships and who appreciate help, however small. visiofl -the fish had to be over eight
Navy. A group of Sea Scouts spent a few days on board, and were with us
ships, was finished on the first day. The ciscs tiff Land's End on the morning lana." the Benedict Bogeaus Techni- 'shortly. assault as renewed on the nest day, of May 4 when a distress signal was and the second stage, "Paint Ship," was received stating that a yacht was drift-
set about the job of giving them a new The case I refer to is that of the yacht look. '[he first stage of Operation Alvena and H.M.S. Fleetwood. "Glamour," the washing down of the
completed by that evening,
Fleet ships, magnificent in their roll as she turned towards the yacht's fitting part of the scenic background the previous day and night had not
with complete success. The Reserve
before which was staged H.M. the Queen's visit,
The athletic sports meeting of the Reserve FI,'t t P,srt.n".,,.ik
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Reserve Fleet Division, Portsmouth, was held at H.M.S. Excellent on the
are training rigorously to compete in the Squadron regatta, which takes place later in the year. The enthusiasm is
about the handsome silver cups that are to he presented as prizes this year.
Navy Xl versus Hampshire match. The majority of the ship's company
very apparent, perhaps they have heard
By and large, the term so far has consisted of many interesting diver- sions, lending a much happier atmo- sphere to the daily round.
An able sailor, though resettled. Found himself completely nettled. For his proud, determined spouse So employed him in the house That never had he been so tired
Since his naval time expired. 1hen strong words he harshly muttered;
He knew where his bread was buttered.
And though his missus stormed and raged.
He hurried off and re-engaged
knowing that the domestic tension
Would ease before he took his pension.
H. (i. NI.
Photographs may be obtained from The Editor
In. s 6 in.-price is. 6d Post Fret Is, 9d.
prising tt;e' Flagship Group anj;he fishing boat and as the weather was '-',y,'-. i.," , .,,i,5 Ii"U Uy I.., "h, ii.,.., ,... A i,. UIViiSii afternoon of Thursday. May 10. Commanding Officer, Lieut.-Cdr. C. M.
rapidly clearing up there was nothing Fleetwood could do and so. after the
newly acquired splendour, formed a position. The slate of the sea during _
The evolution had been carried out weather at the time was not good and the warship developed rather a heavy
ing in an area south of Ireland. The tires
ship reached the yacht, some six hours after receiving the signal. Alvena was,
mariner writers, to pick up this wort' manlike account. The book falls easily
Arrangements for the meeting were Stocken. D.S.C., had assured himself The diagrams here are admirable. The the between three teams. The final placing meeting, lead see - sawing
race, the formidable Whale Island obstacle race.
Mrs. Eaton, wile of Rear-Admiral J. W. M, Eaton. CR., 1)5.0., 1) SC'.,
are devoted to introducing the sub' marine, her crew and her depot ship,,
ishness. T[1 fl1'\s 7'
been too gentle- the wind reaching gale force on several occasions, so that 11W BRITISH SUBMARINE: ('em. hooks so painful to read, and is the crew of Fleetwood, in the majority, were not feeling so bright when the
mmdcc F, W. 1,l1scomb, R,N. ultimately liberated in a somewhat (A. & C. Black. 25s.)
How very pleasant it is, after the histrionic modesty of some of Our sub' a vigour heightened by their amateur-
remarkable manner. His drawings, of which a number are reproduced, have
into two main sections. Four chapters THE COI.I)EN ADMIRAL: F. yam W;ck Mason. (JarTOIdS. ha. ed.)
made by the R.F. Division, H.M.S. that everyone in the yacht was safe, the remaining chapters lead the reader ceded in escaping from the conven- Relkrophon.Tw
o teams from the Flag' warship returned to her original posi- from the early days of the Holland tion. established by such best sellers as
Few American writers have sue-
ship Group and six from the Division. tion and carried on with her exercises. type, which is described with cryptic Gone With The Wind or Forever Interest was maintained throughout the
depended upon the result of the last and its crew for leaving in such himself a little conservative prophecy with just enough bias to provoke again
board had something uncomplimen- tary to say about the yacht, its owners
weather and causing so much trouble. Two
presented the shield to the winning team, the Group Seamen.
were withdrawn when a card was received by the Commanding Officer
days later, however, these remarks
Seamen; 2. Supply and Secretariat; 3, put it). and thanking him for the offer of help. Four days after that a letter
The final placing was: I, Group and men for the trouble they had been Events and winners: (Flag "B"). (H.Q.E.R.). E.R.).
from one of the owners on board Alvena. thanking him and his officers
100 Yards, Junior: S. N. Turner Portsmouth. This letter, from Cowes, I Boat Race: Group E.R.
reached the Captain, which was for- warded from the Commander-in-Chiet I
100 Yards, Senior: SM. Ki n g Sack Relay Race: Group Seamen,
tance, adding: "It must have been a heartening sight for those on hoard
Quite naturally most people on humour as "originally designed without Amber, that a novel based on a historical theme must be long. Mr.
a periscope," to the latest develop- ments, the writer finally permitting
the argument that has gone on for 54 drags; and it drags in a peculiar
the Spanish Armada to the approved four hooks. All too often the story
impression is of a thoroughly compe- tent and readable piece of work.
Mason moves with the throng, and draws out his tale of Drake and
years. Although now and again we can- not see the Fleet for the boats.th
e final dialect strewn with Elizabethan bad
language and New Elizabethan bad grammar. Where the author is really
THE. ADVENTURES OF JOHN engagements, murder, plunder and rape-he displays imaginative power
interested -in battles, sieges, bloody
WIi'IIERELL: ed C. S. Forester. (Slicharl Joseph, Its.)
came from the other owner and also " conjure with among lovers of a good to see the Navy standing by." The nautical has been well employed in
to join Mr. Forester in his workshop. His encyclopedic knowledge of things
Fhe name of (', S. Forester is one to valeseent,
and a gift of convincing characterisa- tion, This is a novel for the con-
thanked everyone for the offer of assis- yarn. With this book we are privileged WINGS OFF THE SEA: J. E, Mc- (Constable, us, öd')
Bicycle Race, One Mile: A.B. taken Fleetwood's arrival as a matter Napoleon. Wetherell himself appears epic. There are three major characters Gammon (Group Seamen).
440 Yards: ERA. Brown (Group tary. The yacht owners need not have Wetherell, a merchant seaman pressed realises that that arm of the Royal sent their thanks-they could have into the service of His Majesty to fight Navy has so far failed to produce its
100 Yards, Officers: Sub-Lieut. (S) Coates (Flag "B").
One Mile Medley: Supply and unselfish outlook on life. Good luck, his complaints regarding the whole- none of the saving charm of the earlier Secretariat.
Veterans' Relay: Elgas.
Commanders' Slow Bicycle R&": Cdr, (L) Brown (H.Q. Group),
and Secretariat. WhaleIsland Obstacle Race: Supply
Pubiished by Navy Mew.Co
inmitlee, Royal Naval Auvmsmasasr Maissoms;
'' C.P.O, Sa,'Ile
hart.oiir the other day. and a. the two ships WCfC saluitni caub othee, shouted "Why don't you eel cally and without the bitterness which whether it wasworth while.
"am ca time In pant, to not" this. I makes many modern prisoner of war
wscks. Poflau.oulh. and Priuad by Gale APolden, Ltd., at their weliinjton Press, AidonhoS, Han*s. OakAPoI,1e, LtdIdeni House, Argyll
Street.Lo~. Tel. Claimed 4i11
e y.un Lad Oft the Sainie, who poked a French camp, an Il'year'long expcr- cabin, leaving the central figure to hi, head out of a Port a. Fieeiwod pawd in ence which he describes philoeophi- wonder vaguely, like the reader,
" - R.I. C. Obstacle Medley: Flag "B."
of form, because after all, the Royal as a cheerful grumbler, a gossip who in the story, unless one includes the Navy is afloat for just such purposes. knows when to keep a still tongue, a young woman who repeats the device
The fact that they showed their apprec- thoroughly likeable fellow. His numer- used in The Cruel Sea of appearing as iation shows also that there are still ous adventures are worthy of the corn- a brief interlude to war, a task she
some people around who have an panions of the great Hornblower, and performs with all the eroticism and Alvena.
someness of the victuals lend a con- character. Of the men, the most like- vincing authenticity to his accounts, able and the most detestable die, the Wctherell becomes a prisoner of warin former in the air and the latter in his
remarks by nowwere quite complimen- editing this fascinating diary of John Air Arm in the Korean War, one Having read this novel of the Fleet
At 0805 on Tuesday. March 23, granted these days that it is quite Jane Russell, Richard Egan and death of her father, takes over his 10.000 cattle. The original screen-
So many people take things for drama "The Rig Rainbow," co-starring self-reliant woman who, upon the Technicolor and SuperSeope adventure versatile actress will portray a fiery, feet long, Fleetwood was carrying out exer- Stanwyck in "('attic Queen of Non- and a choice of director will be made It is an unusual role for Barbara in the late 1800's. Other top castings play, by Thomas Blackburn, is set laid on the forecastle. Op'sI1o "GIamom"Dothe shore establishments now coast of Scotland
Back row: A.A.2 Goodwin, E.A. Napier, N.! A. Atkins, P.10. Tedder, A.1C. Horton, N/A, Lavery and N./A. TiIIey.Centre row: P.10, Sly, A.A.3 Scott, S.A.C. Warren, A./P./O. Goodwin, A.A.4 Manser, P./0. Ck. Mann and
- screams and shrieks round and roundHugh Hastings, visits the kings
the stately buildings, scatterinsalt Theatre. Southsea, in June, with spume in an offensive manner at all Wallas Eaton in the leading role.
On the other hand maybe the ship's member of radio's "Take it from company of some ship will awake oneHere" team, will be seen as ex-
the spectacle of seeing gate staffs cling- history of the London theatre, ing to their
the life-lines whilst the wind "Seagulls over Sorrento." by Wallas Eaton, from 1948 a
morning and find the Bluejacket barrow boy AU.Ba
dger, one of guard and band marching and counter-a group of nine sailors whohave marching
T Tailor and Outfitter
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Film Glynia Johns is back at Pine- Ii. I ' w)14 '
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