Command News (Contd.) BMAGLORY
GLORY ARRIVED in Portsmouth on March 1 after four months which were spent mainly in the Mediter- ranean. The very afternoon of our
arrival brought a heavy fall of snow, and the flight deck was looking as we had sometimes seen it off Korea-a
minder that we had really arrived home.
great contrast to the sunny conditions we had so recently left, and a re-
Twenty-eight days leave to each watch (combined Christmas and
Easter leave) took us almost to the end of April, and by then the sad
we are determined to follow our daily broadcast slogan, "Keep Glory on
news of our reduction in complement had come through. This setback, how- ever, has been taken in our stride, and
top, both at work and play." To this end we have entered for the Brick- wood Trophy and, after two trial
PORTSMOUTH NAVY NEWS
H.M.S. HORNET Amedatlo. football
on second thoughts, we should be
represented from a point of view of quality rather than quantity. The principle of flexibility is upheld
in the Training Squadron, so we are
prepared at all times for almost any- thing, from staging the Combined Fleet concert in Gib, to revisiting our friends in Aarhus in a few weeks' time.
viving the foreign Portland air, our sole
fer from the "Fleets" to the "Light Fleets" in the near future, which may even result in some of us arriving in Theseus, a true Pompey ship. As for the future of this fleet vessel, your
guess is as good as mine; but she is still the fastest big 'Un in commission, as proved at the Fleet exercises.
games, have played our first inter-ship cricket match versus H.M.S. Thescus.
The scores were H.M.S. Glory, 135 for 8 declared. H.M.S. Theseus, 136 for 7. A most successful ship's dance was
many old shipmates returning for this occasion, 801 and 826 Squadrons both
coming over from Lee-on-Solent in large numbers.
held at Kimbell's Ballroom, Southsea, on April 29. and it was grand to see so
Although our future appears un- certain, we are determined, despite the fact that we now number only about 400, to remain a force to be reckoned with.
THE ROYAL Naval Supply and Secretariat School commissioned in
and became Ceres in September, 1946. Ceres was the Goddess of Harvest in
Wetherby in July, 1944, having trans- ferred from Highgate School, London. The ship was then named Demetrius,
Greek mythology, and whilst this has
given rise to many "corny" jokes, the harvest, we hope, has not been merely chaff.
training of New Entry writers, cooks, stewards, stores and W.R.N.S, writers and stores. In addition, officers' and
The school's main function is the
senior ratings' refresher courses are undertaken. Whilst Ceres is a Chatham-manned ship, the instructional staff is drawn
from all depots, Portsmouth providing six writer, four cookery, two steward and six stores instructors.
of Great Britain. excluding, of course, Northern Ireland, and this tends to
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make a draft here rather an tin-
Wethcrby is said to be situated mid- way north and south, east and west
where we shall recover from the
regatta, then Portland, where not all 'Flat tops" tops are flat. Ours has a
penthouse on it, and some good cricket nets, too I I hope in the next issue to regale you
Hits, DRYAD &h~Quarters
RECENT COMPLETION of the mar- ried quarters approved for H.M.S. Dryad brings the total occupied by
ratings up to 62. Officers' married quar' ters, five of which have now been
occupied, will be completed by the end of July, making a total of 16. LondIa Se
The rating of plotting and radar in- structor was until recently held only by chief petty officers and petty officers.
By his successful completion of the course L.S. A. A. Gilchrist has attained
the honour of being the first leading seaman P.R.l. in the Service. Ro'aI *em~
the Royal baby sitters which appeared in the Press recently have aroused great interest in the Engine Room branch. The photographs of Her Majesty
The activities and photographs of
Queen Elizabeth landing at Westmin- ster Pier reflected some honour on the
R.P. branch by the presence of Alt Lomas, R.P.3. of the Royal Barges crew, whois pictured holding the barge with great determination to ensure the safe landing of Her Majesty.
Sport and enterbinment
Issacs ran for the Navy against the Oxford University Centipedes. The mile was won by P.O. Sharp, the Navy
On May 19 P.O. Sharp and P.O. A
champion, and in winning the half-mile P.O. lsaacs created a new Navy record of I mm. 56.2 sec. P.O. Issacs attri- buted his success to the fact that he was running on a first-class track, and commented that his cross-country
training seemed to have given him an extra advantage. Both petty officers are serving on the Sports Committee and so will not be able to compete in
become permanent in Wethcrby, great strides have been taken in the pro- vision of married quarters, both for
pleasant thought for the natives of Portsmouth. However, since Ceres has
officers and ratings. Originally the number of married quarters for
officers was three, and for ratings 15, these being supplemented by Ad-
miralty-leased flats, many people thus enjoying residence in the floral resort of England, Harrogate. Harrogate is some nine miles from Wetherby and
being remedied by the conversion of existing accommodation blocks into
naturally entails a certain incon- venience in travelling. This is now
a further 16 bungalows and the con- struction of 22 new permanent houses for ratings. Similarly, it is planned to build 15 houses for officers on what
is at present one of Ccrcs sports fields. Ceres is ideally suited for the sporting enthusiast. Dog - wa t c h sporting activities in the summer consist of
part. Thus a draft to Cercs is not as unattractive as its situation implies.
SINCE WE carry such a small num- ber of the offspring of Pompe. one would think that we hardly qualify for
space in the Command newspaper. However, our complement of 35 in-
structors carry so much of the burden of the ship's work on their backs that,
cricket, basket - ball, athletics and soft-ball, and the instructional staff are encouraged and expected to take
The men of the Royal Navy have supported and administered The
Royal Naval Benevolent Trust since it was established in 1922. During the past year the following amounts
have been expended in carrying out its primary beneficial oblects: over £138,690 in individual grants to serv-
the Dryad sports day events on June 3, which will be followed by a ship's
company dance at the Empress Ball- room, North End.
The Dryad water-polo team, which competes in Division II of the league. has so far lost only one game and. under the captaincy of P.O. Ellis. stands a good chance of being top of the league and gaining promotion to Division I.
Command rifle meeting
Lieut. d'Authreau successfully carried off the Willis Trophy. This is awarded for the highest team average in the Rifle United Services' practices, and has never been won by Dryad before. P.O. Bartlett was placed first in Class "B" iunder 25) for the Rifle Deliberate
Practices. Dryad blackaheep A revue, entitled "Blackshccp's
reappearance of Wrens at Dryad, referred to elsewhere, has helped to in- crease the appeal of this presentation.
W.R.N.S. (R.P.) With the arrival of one petty officer,
one leading and eight Wrens radar and plot ratings, the W.R.N.S. once
more take their place in H.M.S. Dryad after an absence of seven years. They will be employed on model-ship exercises and control-room taining.
and will take the place of seaman R.P ratings.
Wool," will he presented by the ship's company at Dryad on July 5-9. The
The Dryad rifle team, led by Inch OPERATION "LOYALTY" Her Majesty The Queen.et
H.M. Royal Yacht Brit."-, escorted by one of the "Gays," while on ~"cc through tlic Solent
We had read in the papers a few days before of preparations that were
being made for the Queen's reception both afloat and ashore, but probably
choppy Thames along the Royal route. Soaked but happy, they waved
none was more heart-warming than the armada of boats and yachts off Southend Pier, headed by the Mayor in his robes. Every vessel that could float had put to sea to meet their Queen, and buffeted enthusiastically on the
any brightly coloured garment that was close at hand, be it their own or
their neighbour's. This was our first
taste of the welcome that was awaiting Hr Majesty all the way to West- minster. It was the entric of a great
glided under the bridge the Queen entered the City, to be greeted by the Lord Mayor in his barge, manned by seamen boys from the Arethusa. This moment was not only moving from the
taking moment of all. As the Britannia
spectators' point of view, but also it must have been unforgettable for Her Majesty as she caught sight of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret waiting to greet her on Tower Bridge
jetty. Family reunions are experiences felt deeply by every individual, and one instinctively sensed that the mass of cheering people understood that the climax of a triumphant return had arrived. The Queen had returned to the mother country, and the tour of
ing and ex-serving Naval men, their families, widows, orphans and de-
pendants, who were in necdsity or distress; and £29,310 in grants to Kindred Organisations and Children's Homes; and £15,710 for training and
finding employment. .
It administers and maintains its own
Children's Home in Edinburgh; a Home for Aged ex-Naval Men in Gillingham; and the Naval School of
Motoring, Portsmouth, where Naval men are taught to drive and service motor vehicles.
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with our adventures and escapades, both ashore and afloat.
"Pash" trips on the coaches provided. Our finale will doubtless be the trans-
We live from week to week, sur- relief being the dangerous
HORNET SOCCER team reached the
final of the Junior Challenge Cup, but was beaten by R.A.F. Tangmere. The Hornet team also finished
runner-up in the League, again losing to R.A.F. Tangmere.
final of the inter-Zone Tournament, in which is was beaten by H.M.S. Siskin.
Cross-country running Hornet entered a team for the Com-
mand Championships on February 23, at H.M.S. Dryad, for the first time for some years, finishing in sixth place.
A Hornet team defeated teams from
H.M.S. Dolphin, H.M.S. St. Vincent, and R.N.H. Haslar in a four-cornered match on March 10. Sub-Lieut. J.
The cruise, starting next month, embraces Scotland, where the Squad- ron regatta will be held, Denmark,
Wright, R.N.V.R. (Hornet) was the individual winner.
We are not unhappy about our per- formance in sport, for we have had to
face constantly the problems raised by
the. temporary loss of officers and ratngs from all sports teams when required for an duty in the F.P.B. squadrons.
OPERATION 'LOYALTY" SHORTLY AFTER nine o'clock on
May 15 the Britannia, bearing Her Majesty The Queen, rounded the West Oaze Buoy, The 2nd Fast Patrol Boat
Squadron, under the command of Lieut.-Cdr. Dickinson, closed the
Royal Yacht from ahead at high speed. and, wheeling round, took up station on the quarters and bows as Her
Majesty's personal escort as far as Westminster Pier. H.M.S. Duchess,
which had been the ocean escort since
leaving Gibraltar. passed up Britannia's port side and cheered ship on being relieved of her duties. The four boats, Gay Bombardier. Gay Charger, Gay Charioteer and Gay Fencer, formed a square about the
Royal Yacht at one cable distance, and from our positions there we caught many a glimpse of the Royal Family.
A Hornet rugby team reached the
feast of affection that London was going to set before the Queen.
To set down any individual example of outstanding enthusiasm by any
single part of London's Thames-side would be nearly impossible. One does not measure affection by volume of sound or even by weight of numbers:
Queen outside Buckingham Palace sound identical with those heard inside
Wembley at a cup final. However, one found that the size of the lump in one's throat was directly proportional to the sincerity of the welcome. One found it
appeared when we passed cheering children, some of whom are ignorant of who or what she is, or of what she
artery through which London pumps the wealth of the country to enrich its neighbours, and sailing into the great
TheThames is, indeed, an enormous
city one sees the mighty factories and docks that produce and transport this
energy throughout the world. Stately liners, throwing decorum to the winds and garbed in their gaudy best, hooted like excited children at a party. The cock-a-doodle-doos of 30 or 40 ships' sirens all going under maximum pres- sure became nearly unbearable at Tilbury and London docks, and one
prayed for a moment's silence. Being afloat, one never got rid of the hoots and toots of the ships, but there were moments when the cheering of the
College, Greenwich, three mighty roars burst forth and rolled over the waters to the Britannia and simul-
people at the water's edge was definitely winning. At the Royal Naval
taneously a forest of white caps circled in the air. Woolwich, Silver-
town, Greenwich, Wapping, in fact all parts of London, had their special
greeting for the Queen as she sailed past them. At half past one we reached the
looks like, or even of why she was sail-
ing up their Thames in her yacht, but all knowing that she is a splendid per- son whom everybody loves.
its quantity is very rarely visible and its quality never. The shouts for the
the Commonwealth and Empire was over. It now only remained to see her
embarked into the Royal Barge. One noticed the familiar personal touch of the Queen when the Royal Family said
theThe Royal Family was reunited in lunchRoyal Yacht, where they had
good-bye to the four sailors who had looked after Prince Charles and
Britannia. At five past three the pro- cession to Westminster left Battle
Princess Anne during their stay in
Bridge Tier, headed by the Port of London Authority barge Nore, Gay Bombardier and Gay Charioteer, with
Gay Charger and Gay Fencer astern, and accompanied by police launches. The F.P.Bs
. and the Royal Barges
ings, and all the pleasure boats, were alive with thousands upon thousands of cheering citizens, H.M.S. President and H.M.S. Chrysanthemum cheered
ship as the Royal procession passed, and both ships had assumed a heavy list towards the centre of the river.
At twenty past three Her Majesty disembarked at Westminster Pier and
our part in the ceremonies was at an
end. We had brought the Queen from the Nore to Westminster and it was with intense pride and a certain amount of relief that we watched her
take her first step on to English soil. The whole passage was an experience that none of us will ever forget, and all the hard work we had put into
spontaneous and a supreme example of our love and faith in her as our
Sovereign. The pageantry of her return, from guards and bands to
gateway to the City of London, the Tower Bridge. This was, without doubt, the most impressive and breath-
dipping crane jibs and hooting ships,
was without parallel in the history of the River Thames; it was almost too incredible to be fact and made one
believe that should governments fall and our foundations shake, here was something that was steadfast. Our monarchy was indestructible and bind-
ing, the Crown encompassed the British Commonwealth and Empire and made it one nation.
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passed under the centre spans of all the bridges, while the police launches took the wing arches. From the Thames it appeared that the whole of the United Kingdom had emptied it- self into London to greet the Queen, for the Embankment, the large build-
Royal Family reunited . At three o'clock they dis-
safely to her home at Buckin~ Palace
the appearance of our boats was very well worth while. Her Majesty's recep- tion throughout had been sincere and
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