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NAVY NEWS, JULY 2003 17 At Your Service Calling Old Shipmates

HMS Alacrity 1988-92: 2 Delta Mess: Daisy Adams seeks anyone who knew him. espe- cially PT Polly Pollard, believed still serving, and any HOs. Contact David Adams, 29 Vallantine Crescent, Uddingston, Glasgow 671 6TR, tel: 01698 812731. email: david@hadams8. fsnet. co. uk HMS Antrim 1981-83: Seeking Mickey Whitehead; should have completed his 22 around 2000-1, possibly as CPOMEM(M). If anyone knows of Mick, contact Mark (Monster) MacDonald. College Information Systems, PO Box 1000, Highlands College, St Saviours, Jersey JE4 9QA, email: Martin Bates (ex-CPO Std) 1966-8 visits

the UK from Adelaide August - September and wishes to catch up with old shipmates. Contact Martin at 48 Castle St. Reynella, Adelaide, South Australia 5161. or email: HMS Battleaxe 1959: Seeking friends

Columbia, Canada, V3G 1J2 or email: HMS Grenville: Shipmates interested in a get-together or joining the association con- tact Mick Martin on 023 9225 6268. HMS Hermes 1962-65: Looking for

'Pincher' Martin, aged about 55, who served with John Field as Junior Seamen, Ordinary and then ABs. He was a TAS rating. Contact John at 'Wolery', 22 Blackdown Crescent, Havant PO9 5AZ, tel: 023 9249 2687. RNAH 'Idsworth House', Horndean:

from 1943 whilst on Russian Convoy duty. A.SO HMS Maidstone 1945-6 when they re- tcok Hong Kong. Contact S.F. Tiffin. 2 Falconry Court. 7 Fairtield South. Kingston- cn-Thames KT1 2UR. tel: 020 8549 0326. HMS Bulwark, Albion and Centaur Association welcomes all previous ships' companies and attached personnel from these three ships. Social events in the Portsmouth area, RO8 Magazine is issued three times per year. Associate Membership available. Details from Leigh Easton, Glenmoray, Hayford Place, Stirling FK7 9JX or email: Website: HMS Ceres, Wetherby: Jock (Mac)

from her time in Malta Base Mediterranean. Contact Maurice Cox, PO Box 175. Mt Nebo, Queensland 4520, Australia, or email: HMS Berwick: Sid Tiffin seeks shipmates

with most of his ex-shipmates and wants to regain contact, in particular with SAs Paul Couch, Sean Mackenzie and (Artie) Fraser- Shaw or anyone else who was in Lusty or Cumberland. Contact Jon at 90 Whitemere Rd, Shrewsbury SY1 3DO, tel: 07792 010137, email: Donald Lewcock, born May 1923,

Monica Grover (nee Best) was a Wren there and also at Fraser Battery, Eastney, and seeks anyone who remembers her. Contact her at 12 Fieldway, Grays, Essex RM16 2AT WTR Jon Lace 1990-8 has lost contact

Phil Taylor seeks anyone who joined the Navy on July 10, 1973, especially besl mate Colin Stapleton who he never heard of again after basic training. If you recall Phil or know where Colin is contact Phi! at 23 Church Lane, Stallingborough, Grimsby DN41 8AA, tel: 01472 885245. Roger Cntchley: Roger Dann seeks

Roger Critchley, with whom he joined up in 1964 at HMS Raleigh. They were at HMS Sultan on MQC 128 in 1972-3. Contact Roger (Desperate) Dann, 79 South St, Whitstable CT5 3EJ. tel: 01227 272669 or email: Americans in the RNVR 1939-45: In

Hampton Hill, Middlesex, served in RM and became colour sergeant. Ex-RN Armaments Artificer. S. Hay of 'Pippins', Addis Lane, Cutnal Green. Droitwich Spa, WR9 ONB. tel: 01299 851587. wants to hear from him. HMS Loch Fada Assn 1944-67: If you

serveo in her. contact Bob Harris. 023 8039 1848, email: Over 300 have so far. HMS Lord Austin, Anti-submarine

researching into the Americans who volun- teered for the RNVR, R.E. White wants to hear from you if you served in HM Ships Burnham, Broadwater, Nasturtium, Tyler, Byard, Sennen, Braithwaite, Richmond and LSTs 198 and 301. Contact him at The Eridge, 53 Coleridge Crescent, Goring-by- Sea BN12 6LU, tel: 01903 501634 or email: Russian Convoy Club: Any member in

the Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire areas not attached to a branch are invited to ring P.O. Baker on 01278 741647. evenings. Glynn (Sam) Seagrave. last known of in

pa//nac/939e//bero./f Chatham Field Gun Crew, staff and

McCaffrey wishes to contact Ken (Darby) Allen, originally from Hull but may be living in Gosport. They served in HMS Ceres in 1955- 6 and Ken was last seen in Plymouth, 1957. Contact Jock at Via Monte Cencio 3, Lago, Cosenza,

Italy 87035, email:

supporters 1953 should contact your ex-No 1 re possible reunion, 50 years on. Contact Ray Suddick, 7 St Johns Court, St Johns Close, Stratford-on-Avon CV37 9AD, tel: 01789 261772 between 8 to 10pm. HMS Cossack 1938-41: Seeking CPO

G. Allpress, OS Armstrong, PO T. Atkins, MID R. Baldry, CERA A. Bennet, SBA BtomfiekJ, Lt Paymaster E. Burkitt and CH Stoker C. Ingram, or any others that served on the ship. Contact George Toomey on 01754 872116. Relatives also welcomed. HMS Cygnet Robert (Jock) Park seeks

seeks other wardroom staff from Mercury between 1977-9, especially Ann Tabb, Ann Williams, Diane Lovelock and Sue Carter. Contact Debbie on 01243 553328 or email: Lo velyballet@aol. com HM MTB 781, a 'D' boat Charlie Mercer

was the twin-Oerlikon gunner on board and seeks shipmates who served in her. Contact Charlie at 35 Leasway, Grays, Essex RM16 2HH, tel: 01375 400301. HMS Newcastle 1980-1: Terry Carlton

Trawler 1941-5: Seeking shipmates of Robert 'Bob' Rean Whyte, who served in the Lord Austin until transferring to HMS Goodall in 1945 before getting killed in April 1945. Anyone with info on him or the ship contact Robert Austin, 25 The Green, Hurworth-on- Tees, Darlington DL2 2AA, tel: 01325 721296, email: HMS Mercury: Debbie Joy (nee Elliott)

Milton Keynes or Sheffield. Served in the 1970s with George (Mac) Mackay. George's wife, Sharon wants to invite Glynn to George's 50th birthday. Contact Sharon. 07866 859018. email: Billy (Smudge or One Lung) Smith

wants to hear from anyone who served with him in Crispin 1949-50. Daedalus 1951-52, Ceylon 1952-55. Newfoundland 1956-58. St Brides Bay 1959-60. Us Sails course 1961. Cockrane 1961-62. RMB Chatham 1963-64, Bulwark 1964-66, Ganges 1965-66 and Terror 1967-68. Contact Billy at 42 Russel Square. Arbroath DD11 SDH, tel: 01241 430563, email: HMS Tracker 1942-45: Stewart John

(Jack) Till seeks old shipmates. Contact his daughter Julie Wheatley. 43 Caroline Close, Alvaston, Derby DE24 OQX, tel (mob): 07989 170765. HMS Unicorn 1942-46: K.E. (Shiner)

(formerly Radford) seeks Joe Riley, Tommy Handley, Knocker White, Dennis Spicer, Nobb Hall, J.A. Brookes (Elkie), Bob Chapman, Paul (Flapper) Harmer and any- one else with a view to a reunion. Contact Terry at 162 Victoria Rd, Saltney, Cheshire CH4 8SZ, email: HMS Nuthatch 1951-3: Cliff Wardell was

one who served in the Enchantress, espe- cially LS BA Ernie Shipman. Contact N. Stamp, 258 Milton Rd, Cowplain POS 8TX. HMS Fearless 1981-2: Seeking all of

Ginger Scott and Topsy Turner, who were all in Cygnet in the West Indies in 1954. Contact Robert at 56 Cortachy Crescent, Kirriemuir. Angus DD8 4TP. tel: 01575 572650. email: HMS Eland, Freetown 1944-5: LS BA 'Gerry'Jacques (Dental Branch) would like to hear from anyone who knows him. Contact him at 9 Pacefield Crescent, Clitheroe BB7 1LH, tel: 01200 426857. HMS Enchantress 1940s: Seeking any-

JP's Greenies who fancy a get-together. Contact John Price on 01784 433911 or email: HMS Fisgard. Jan 11 1954, Series 20

John Mullen and Ken Grafton seek former shipmates including Warner, Douglas, Sinkinson, Newbold,

Boy Arts: 50th Anniversary Jan 2004. Any recruits interested in a reunion should con- tact Lester Piggott on 023 9255 3308 or email: HMS Ganges, Blake 8, 71 Recruitment

Sharland, Stone, Westaway, Hystop, Crabb, Fenton, Cleasby, Burton, Long, Durrani, Mclntosh, Latham and Gambol. Instructors were PO Glutton and PO Smith. The DO was Lt Caldicott. Contact John Mullen at 35342 Sandyhill Road, Abbotsford,

Harfield, Selby,

at Nuthatch with Bill Maddocks. for whom Cliff was best man at his wedding. Cliff wants to hear from Bill or anyone else who remem- bers Cliff, at 91 Dayton Road, Kingston- upon-Hull HU5 5TE, tel: 01482 509222, email: HMS Palomares, AMC 1942: Seeking

info about Londoner Jim Sheene, best man at shipmate Dennis Rigley's marriage to Amy in Belfast in 1942, and/or Billy Lupton, Officers' Cook who served with Dennis, or any other shipmates who remember him. Contact his brother Ron on 01235 524055 or email: HMS Pheasant Association: Still seek-

Wright seeks shipmates from his time in the RN: Tommy Boutflower (Salford), James Jamieson (Ayr) and Taffy


(Aberdare). Contact Shiner at 8 Hebrides Close. Maybury Rd, Hull HU9 3LF, tel 01482 786907. HMS Victorious: Steve Calvert seeks

atives of crewmen of this V&W destroyer - there is an active association to join. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Dick Wade or Big Mick Haggerty should contact Ed (Lofty) Whittaker, 67 Spring Cross, New Ash Green, Kent DAS 8OQ. tel: 01474 874045. email: Joe. HMS Wakeful 1956-59: John Reilly,

Mick (Stodds) Stoddard - both were in Victorious from build. If anyone knows Mick's whereabouts contact Steve c/o 67 Front Rd. Sunderland SR4 ODB, tel: 07786 742994 or email: HMS Vktette: Seeking survivors and rel-

Reunions August

Submariners Association (Nl Branch): Magennis Memorial Dinner on August 2. £20 per person for four-course meal and wine. Discounted accommodation arranged at the Ramada Hotel. Contact Dougie Erskine, 26 Sandhill Park, Belfast BT5 6DR, tel: 028 9065 7591 or email:y.d.ersfahe@//neone.nef TS Vindicatrix reunion on August 9-10 at

the Dockers Club, Sharpness, Gloucester. A memorial statue will be unveiled and dedicat- ed to all Vindi Boys on the 9th. Details: Roy (01329 280982) or Gordon (01454 880010).


ships of the British Pacific & East Indies Fleet reunion September 5-8 at Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island. Contact organisers IOW Tours, 01983 405116. HMS Gambia Association reunion and

AGM at the RNA Club, Leamington Spa, September 5-7. All former crew members welcome. Details from Les Newman. 3 Coppice Road, Whitnash, Leamington Spa CV31 2JE, tel: 01926 831599. HMS Vesper Association reunion at

HMS Whimbrel U29 Association with all HMS Liverpool 1982-85 reunion on

Ocfober 4 at the HMS Liverpool pub, St James St. Liverpool, at 2000. Further details from Sean Say on 01329 665298. The River Plate Veterans and Families Association reunion at Royal Fleet Club. Devonport, October 9-13. Details from J Smifh, Lyntondale, Kirton Lane, Stainforth, Doncaster DN7 5BP, tel: 01302 841806 or email: HMS Victorious Association 1956-68

reunion at the Britannia Hotel, Fairfax St, Coventry CV1 5RP, October 10-12. AGM, gala dinner and full programme arranged. Contact Doug Mitchell, 162 Lower Fairmead Rd, Yeovil BA21 5ST, tel: 01935 477462. HMS Uandaff reunion in Cardiff. October

11. Contact Slinger Wood on 020 8581 5693 or email: Royal Oak Survivors Association memorial service. RN Memorial, Southsea

Over to You

those who have served on the staff of RN School of Educational and Training Technology - a reunion to mark the migration to the Defence Centre of Training Support will take place w/c September 15. Contact Lt Sian Bailey on 023 9272 7940 or email: 17th Destroyer Flotilla Association

Home Club, September 20. For details, con- tact Bill Bartlett on 01202 480767, or email: or see web- site Naval Intelligence Division (NID)

AGM and reunion dinner dance. Home Ctub, Portsmouth on September 17. Details: Mrs Mary Smith, 5 Ockment Court, Okehampton EX20 1SR, tel: 01837 54758. HMS Protector Association reunion.

Skipton, September 12-14. Details: Mrs Shirley Haigh on 01535 636343 or N.J. Sussex on 01733 243944. RNSETT Staff 1971-2003: Calling all

Seaman's blue cap: Amateur historian seeks seaman's blue cap for fami'y research project. Age and condition not important. WWI ideal. Cap tally not required. Fair price. Contact Peter Down on 0161 338 4264 or email: Commissioning Books: R.D. Burley

entry for November 30, 1942. If anyone can help with the whereabouts of this entry, could they contact Mr F.N. Jenkins, 'Finesse' 40 Heol Carnau, Caerau. Ely, Cardiff CF5 5NE, tel: 029 2031 2364. Thames magnetic coil: Colin Taylor remembers reading about a converted

at the Trecarne Hotel, Babbacombe, Torquay, September 27-30. Contact E.A. Warren on 01534724255

October HMS Superb (Cruiser) Association

ing shipmates from 1943-47; 30 in touch. Monthly newsletter printed by John Gillis, always news of our days aboard Pheasant. Contact John at 194 Canterbury Rd, Herne Bay CT6 SUB, tel: 01227 361733. HMS Prowess 1945: Seeking info about

AS Donald Macleod who served in Prowess and was mentioned in despatches. Any info, memories and photos to Rank Anderson. 68 Colston Ave, Carshalton SMS 2NU, tel: 020 8669 1196, email: HMS Raleigh 1942-6. Joan Beckett (nee


Marshall) seeks friends from her days at Raleigh, especially Thelma Stokes, Emmy Casey, Mavis Saunders and Peggy Covertey. Contact Joan at 108 Craigie Drive, Craigie, Western Australia 6025, or email: HMS Raleigh, basic training July 1973:

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ship's diver, would tike to hear from old ship- mates and learn more of the ships in which he served, including HMS Whirlwind and Wizard. Contact John at 74 Drayton Rd. Kingsheath, Birmingham B14 7LR. tel: 0121 444 0217 or email: MAA (formerly RPO) Tom Wilkinson.

ran the football team at Whale Island in 1962-63: Andy (Jock) Knox would like to get in touch, or with other members of the team. Andy also seeks a report about the zone final published in the Portsmouth Evening News. Contact Andy at 48 Kingsland Ave, Selkirk, TD7 4AT, email:

Hotel St Nicholas, Scarborough, October 3- 6. Contact Barry Simons on 01825 872539 or email: HMS St Vincent Association AGM at St

reunion at the King Charles Hotel, Gillingham, Kent, October 3-5. Contact Fred Kinsey, 94 Queens Close, Harston, Cambridge CB2 5QN, tel: 01223 871505. Fleet Air Arm Association reunion at

all serving and past members at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth, October 4-5. Details from Barry Radford on 07976 800827 or email:

At your Service entries

Notices for this page should be brief, clearly written or typed and addressed to - The Editor, Navy News, HMS Nelson. Portsmouth. P01 3HH or email: ed/ If you are sending your notice in via email, please include your full address and telephone number. • Reunions appear in date order, and requests to place an entry in a par- ticular edition cannot be guaranteed. • Please send in Reunions at least three months (preferably four) before the month of the event. • There may be a delay before items appear, due to the volume of requests. • Entries are free to non-commercial organisations. Items pertaining to commercial work, books and publications for profit can only appear as paid-for advertising. • The Editor reserves the right to edit or refuse publication of submitted notices. • Space does not allow us to accept more than one free insert. Any sub- sequent notice will have to be paid for at advertising rates.

Vincent's College, Forton Road, Gosport, October 4, with reunion dinner at Thorngate Halls in the evening. Contact Mr Malcolm Smith on 023 9258 4498. Royal Marine Band Service reunion for

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RM, Army, RAF and Merchant Navy. First annual reunion, September 26-28 at Blackpool. Contact Bernie Corrie on 01483 575081 or email:/ 6th Destroyer Flotilla (1944-46) reunion

reunion in London, September 25. If you served in Naval Intelligence and would like to attend, contact The Secretary, NID Reunion, Room 156, Old War Office Building, Whitehall, London SW1A 2EU, including details ol your time in the division. Suez Canal Zoners Association: RN,

seeks copies of the commissioning books for HMS Albion ending Nov/Dec 1960 (4th Commission, last as fixed-wing carrier), HMS Eagle 5th Commission. Capt John Roxburgh, HMS Superb - Sept 1948 to Jan 1949 and HMS Swiftsure - Jan to Aug 1951. Contact R.D. Burley. 4 Ludlow Place. Grays. Essex RM17 SAS. tel: 01375 401263. HMS Finesse: Seeking the Log Book

trawler which had a huge magnetic coil fitted in response to the sinking of ships by mag- netic mines in the Thames Estuary in WWII. Its coil was so strong that it exploded many mines and stopped clocks when near the shore. Does anyone remember the ship? If so, could you contact Colin at 68 Ingleby Road. Ilford, IG1 4RY. tel: 020 8554 7858.

DAVE AVERY Surprise 60th Birthday, beginning August, Fleetwood, Lanes, from HMS Eagle, Fulmar, Triumph, Diomede, Pembroke, Bulwark, R.N. Cookery School.

For details contact Brian Avery 07973 167169

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Get reunited with your lost shipmates, even if you can't remember their names!

Common, October 11 at 1100. Rev Ron Paterson will conduct the service. Details from Kenneth H. Toop, 5 Downsland Rd, Basingstoke RG21 8TU. HMS Trafalgar Association reunion,

October 17-19 in Portsmouth. Ship's compa- nies of all commissions and anyone associ- ated with the ship is welcome, along with guests. Details: Taff Pugh, 13 Ffordd Pedrog, Wrexham LL12 7PL. tel: 01978 262956 or mobile: 07971 812820. HMS Indomitable Association reunion,

Imperial Hotel, Eastbourne, October 17-20. Details from Neville Slattery, 6 Dorclyn Ave, Urmston M41 9BF, tel: 0161 748 3056. HMS Illustrious Association reunion

and AGM at the Grand Burstin Hotel. Folkestone, October 17-20. Booking to be made through the Secretary to secure a group booking. Contact Colin Pickford on 01298814472.

THE country's newest shipyard has started

90-metre steel barge which will he used to trans- port sections of the Type 45 destroyer from the South Coast to BAE Systems' Scottish yards for final assembly. A £50 million project will see VT Shipbuilding's facilities at the cramped Woolston site in Southampton moved to Portsmouth to fulfil the Type 45 contract, for which it will build the forward section, funnel and masts for the six D-class destroyers ordered so far. Two new large assembly halls now tower over

production in Portsmouth Naval Base. VT Group's new facility has started to build a


the old Dry Dock 13, now filled in, with the Ship Assembly Hall standing 42 metres high and 130 metres long. The Unit Construction Hall is ten metres

from Woolston to the 33-acre Portsmouth site, with the final figure being around 1,000 work- ers.

lower than the Ship Assembly Hall, and has 120 tonne crane capacity, compared to 400 tonnes in the bigger building. More than 400 people have already switched

As part of the project, the former Fleet Support Ltd (FSL) Combined Workshop has

Royal Navy Officers Tk& Association/ of Group pic

been transformed into the K).(KM) square metre Steel Production Hall, with a production line which will cut 13m x 3m steel plates and 13m iron bars, mainly using highly-automated and computer-controlled processes - though a steel plate rolling machine more than 100 years old has still earned its place on the production line, alongside the plasma cutters and robotic welders.

spring, allowing all VT's production to be carried out on level surfaces instead of the traditional angled slipways, and the company estimates that productivi- ty could be increased by as much as 20 per cent at Portsmouth.

Woolston should be empty by next

heads and decks, will be assembled in the small- er shed at Portsmouth, then moved next door for final assembly. In the case of future Royal Navy and overseas

Units for the Type 45, including panels, bulk-

orders, such as offshore patrol vessels and corvettes, entire ships can also be assembled here under cover. Work on the Type 45s and these smaller ves-

sels can therefore be carried out side by side in adjacnet sheds. A second phase of the development would

allow the Ship Assembly Hall to be extended by a further 70 metres, while a third phase could be implemented if VT get a share of building the Navy's two new aircraft carriers, which will involve filling in Dry Dock 12 and building a third shipbuilding bay 190 metres in length. Other aspects of the site help make it one of

the most advanced naval shipbuilding yards in the world. Workshops are linked by fibre optic cable to

VT's Computer Aided Design areas, allowing data to be sent electronically throughout the site, and much of the equipment in the Steel Production Hall is either new or has been refur- bished since being moved from Woolston. Production work on the actual Type 45 destroyers themselves is due to start later this year.

VT's small boat division, Halmatic. is also based on Portsmouth Harbour, at Portchester..

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