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WE HAVE a treat for fast jet fans this month, courtesy of
AirForces Monthly, the world’s number one military aviation
It’s produced a 32-page tribute to the work of Joint Force
Harrier – including the Naval Strike Wing – in Afghan skies.
Their five-year mission – one of the longest in the history of UK
BILLOWING fi ercely in a very stiff February wind,
Other ties have also sadly ended, including links with local Sea
fast jet operations – came to an end on July 1 last year.
the White Ensign is lowered for the fi nal time aboard
Cadet and Combined Cadet Forces, the RNR unit HMS Sherwood,
The Herrick Harriers supplement, written by the magazine’s
editor, Alan Warnes, is free with the March issue of AirForces
HMS Nottingham as the veteran destroyer bows out
the city’s RNA and Royal British Legion branches, three schools
and a children’s ward at Nottingham City Hospital.
Monthly. This in-depth account of Harrier operations features
of service. “There’s been a huge affi nity with Nottingham throughout the
exclusive interviews and photos from Kandahar.
Nearly 30 years to the day since she was launched, the ship’s life,” said the Type 42’s last Commanding Offi cer Cdr
The magazine and supplement are on sale now from all good
Type 42 was formally decommissioned on a bright, but bitter, Andy Price.
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day in Portsmouth Naval Base. “We felt especially privileged to be able to seal our
copies. Just tell us the name of the engineering fi rm which
In the shadow of the Daring-class destroyers which are relationships with the opportunity to parade through this
produces the Harrier’s Pegasus engine.
Nottingham’s successors, former commanding offi cers, fi ne city. The enduring support and encouragement
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friends, family, plus the ship’s sponsor, Henrietta Wood, that the people of Nottingham have traditionally
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bade farewell to the veteran warship. given – not only to their adopted ship but also to
received by mid-day on Friday April 16 2010.
Naval chaplain the Rev Ralph Barber led the service, the wider Armed Forces – is much appreciated.”
with music provided by the Band of HM Royal Marines
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And so ends the active life of a ship which
from HMS Collingwood, before Mrs Wood and Nottingham’s clocked up 700,000 miles on deployments
youngest sailor, 18-year-old ET James Deeley thrust a knife to the South Atlantic, Gulf and Far East. She
into a decommissioning cake. tackled the growing problem of maritime crime in
Only a relatively select few were invited to attend the the Mediterranean, paid the fi rst visit by a British
decommissioning ceremony on Victory Jetty, but another of warship in three generations to the Georgian port
Nottingham’s farewell acts was far more public: a celebration of of Poti, and helped train the Russian Federation
the ship’s deeds in her namesake city. in counter-terrorism – another fi rst.
Nottingham has enjoyed a close affi liation with the historic East Her ship’s company were praised for
Midlands city since 1984 when civic leaders bestowed freedom their response in saving the vessel when
upon the ship’s company. the destroyer crashed into Wolf Rock off
That’s a privilege they no longer enjoy having handed back the Australia in 2002. The damage put the
freedom scroll in a farewell visit. ship out of action for 18 months as she
Before they did, the ship’s company attended a service of underwent upwards of £26m of repairs.
thanksgiving in St Mary’s Church, then a march through the heart Nottingham’s fi nal tour of duty was
of Nottingham led by police on horseback. a six-month deployment to the South issue
City grandees invited the sailors into the imposing civic hall in Atlantic which ended in April 2008.
Nottingham’s main square for a reception.
out now!
Picture: LA(Phot) Dave Jenkins, FRPU East
And then it was off to the pub – in uniform. As affi liations go, the
link with the historic Bell Inn (it proclaims to be Nottingham’s oldest Including
pub) in Market Square is probably (a) among the more unusual and
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(b) among the more popular.
‘Herrick Harriers’
The sailors presented a plaque as a token of their
appreciation for the Bell Inn’s support and
interest in them down the years.
Written by the magazine’s Editor, Alan Warnes, ‘Herrick Harriers’ is
dedicated entirely to the work of Joint Force Harrier in Afghanistan.
With exclusive interviews and photos from Kandahar, this
special supplement provides an in-depth account of the vital
contribution made by RAF Cottesmore and RAF Wittering towards
Operation Herrick.
”Simply, I feel it is the best recent record of modern
Harrier history that I have had the pleasure to read.”
GARY WATERFALL, Group Captain,
Joint Force Harrier Force Commander, Royal Air Force
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Horatio? No, Cuthbert
Express growing grey with age
NELSON might be remembered by the rest of the nation,
but on Tyneside it’s his deputy – and local hero – Cuthbert
NO LONGER are there any black-hulled surface ships in Her r r
Collingwood who’s revered.
Majesty’s Navy with the last of the Fleet fi nally succumbing to o
So much so, in fact, that this month there will be a week-
the all-pervasive battleship grey.
end of festivities to mark the 200th anniversary of his death.
University boat HMS Express was the last of a quartet of
First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope will join other
P2000s with a black hull.
dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Mike
The vessels – Exploit, Example and Explorer complete
Cookson, for the commemoration of the vice admiral’s deeds
the foursome – were originally built for service in the Royal
on Sunday March 7.
Naval Auxiliary Service in the 1980s, hence the different
The Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth will lead a
parade of 215 sailors from HMS Cumberland – berthed
All the boats were subsequently transferred to the
in North Shields for the weekend – plus colleagues,
Royal Navy and one-by-one the black was replaced as they underwent hey underwent
appropriately, from HMS Collingwood in Fareham and local
Express’ black disappeared during a two-month lay-up in Holyhead for
reservists from HMS Calliope and RMR Tyne.
the boat’s ‘annual slip period’.
The parade leaves Newcastle Civic Centre at 11.45am,
She’s now returned to her berth in Penarth, near Cardiff, to resume her
making its way to the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas for a
duties as the University Royal Naval Unit serving students from Swansea
service of thanksgiving at 12.30pm.
and the Welsh capital.
The Collingwood 2010 Festival features a series of
“We were disappointed to lose the black hull initially as it made us unique
events across the North East including an exhibition at
among the URNUs, but now we realise that it’s the Welsh Dragon on the
Discovery Museum and a spectacular event at Tynemouth’s
side of the ship and the people inside that really count,” said senior Mid
Collingwood Monument over the weekend of March 6-7,
Aaron Corp.
including warship and gun salutes.
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