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NAVY NEWS, AUGUST 2010


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Leamington chairman is mourned


THE chairman of Royal Leamington


Bressingham and Comet. Tony undertook several roles, including vice chairman, standard bearer and latterly chairman. He was made a vice president when ill health forced him to resign as chairman. He was also proud of his membership of the 8th Destroyer Group Association, for whom he was standard bearer and rum bosun at their annual reunions in Scarborough.


Unicorn,


Dixon, has died. Ex-Ganges boy Tony served in a number of ships, including HMS Illustrious,


Spa, S/M Tony Cockade,


Yotties deliver Queen’s old racing yacht


A CREW of former Royal Yachtsmen delivered a classic ocean racing yacht once owned by the Queen to Leith so that it can go on display alongside their old ship. The Yotties berthed Bloodhound next to Britannia in Edinburgh, a berth she will occupy for ten months of the year. For the other two – July and


August, starting in 2011 – the 63ft yacht will be available for private charter,


familiar waters on the west coast of Scotland or in the Solent. The yacht has a long racing


● Bloodhound arrives at Leith, crewed by former Yotties


One reunion missing from the branch’s calendar this year is that of the Korean Veterans Association, who decided last year that age was becoming too much of a hindrance. Shipmates said they would miss the visit to their club, so have offered an alternative proposal – association members wishing to make their own trip can use the club’s facilities for the weekend. Contact S/M Brian Badsey at the RNA Club, Riverside, Adelaide Road, Royal Leamington Spa CV32 5AH, tel 01926 770421, if you are interested in taking up the offer.


Middleton veterans gather once more


ONE of the last World War 2 destroyer associations held a reunion at the RNA Club in Leamington Spa. The HMS Middleton (L74) Association welcomed 12 of the surviving 33 members of the ship’s company who were on board between 1941 and 1946. The most senior member was Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward Ashmore, the association’s patron, and Middleton’s first First Lieutenant at the age of 21. Also there were president Capt


Reginald Hann and Lt Arthur Berryman, who lives in Australia. The present HMS Middleton


is currently in the Gulf – a far cry from the Arctic waters in which L74 spent much of her life.


either sailing


pedigree. She was built in 1936 by Camper and Nicholson for American huntsman Isaac Bell, and after being sold on she almost


yacht restorers Tony and Cindy McGrail, who sold her to the Royal Yacht Britannia Trust this year. Two of the Yotties who delivered Bloodhound to Leith were part of her original Royal crew. Bloodhound will form part of a new exhibition focussing on the Royal Family’s passion for sailing, and visitors will be able to view her from a specially-built pontoon.


Memories of old Ark on busy deployment


WITH HMS Ark Royal again playing a prominent role in Navy matters (see Auriga coverage, pages 21-25), a timely reminder of past glories comes


from S/M John Clements. John was a leading hand on Ark


Royal IV in 1959-61, most of it as one of the quartermasters, and has memorabilia from the carrier’s activities around Europe from the spring of 1960 onwards – exactly 50 years ago. Ark’s commission had begun


in earnest in March, with the Scimitar jets of 807 NAS starting intensive flying serials as soon as the ship was in range of Gibraltar. After extensive work-up


exercises throughout the summer in the Med the Ark headed back to Scotland and Norway for a further work-out, culminating in Exercise Swordthrust in late September. As the carrier headed back to the Med, via some maintenance in Devonport, 807 went ashore then returned to join the Gannets of


£50 PRIZE PUZZLE


849 A Flight, the Sea Vixens of 893 NAS (which had succeeded the aircraft of 892 NAS), Whirlwind helicopters of 824 NAS and various other temporary FAA lodgers on board the Ark. Back in Malta the carrier


achieved a little piece of history – two Scimitars and five Gannets successfully launched from her deck while she lay at anchor in Grand Harbour (pictured below). Further large-scale exercises


involving the US Sixth Fleet, the RAF, Army and, at various times, HM ships Hermes, Victorious and Albion, reached their climax during a violent storm off Gibraltar. The warship spent Christmas in Malta, and John Clements’ pictures (right) show some of the efforts made by the ship’s company to spread the festive spirit – apart from a carol service in the hangar and ship’s concert party gigs, the Ark welcomed more than 2,000 “poor children” on board for a party, with some getting the chance to take off and land on the flight deck (with judicious use of wires and a miniature aircraft – see above right) as well as greeting various Santa Clauses and pirates. The ship sailed in the New Year for more exercises off Malta before sailing via Lisbon for cold-weather exercises in the North Atlantic and a visit to snowy New York. During 12 years in the RN John


also served in Loch Veyatie, Loch Insh, Alcaston, Diana and Urchin and, although he enjoyed his time on larger vessels, “I did prefer the smaller ships,” he declared.


THE mystery submarine in our June edition (right) was HMS Astute, and the class was named after HMS Amphion. Mr C Cooke of Bristol wins


Complete the coupon and send it to Mystery Picture, Navy News, HMS Nelson, Portsmouth PO1 3HH.


our £50 prize. This month’s ship (above), was originally designed for an African navy, but went on to serve under the White Ensign before being sold to a Far Eastern navy. What was her RN name, which country ordered her and what was her original name?


sank after being holed in a race in the Channel in 1956. The Queen and Prince Philip bought her in 1962, and as well as accompanying Britannia on Royal Family holidays in Scotland, Bloodhound and her permanent crew were made available to yacht clubs across the country to teach young people the art of sailing. Her most recent owners were


Bude team takes to the water


MEMBERS of Bude branch were out on the water for a recent exped, travelling via Holsworthy to sample the delights of the Exeter Canal.


developing here – the previous trip was to the Tiverton branch of the Grand Western Canal. Bude secretary S/M Bob Gelder


reports that the group experienced “a very enjoyable short voyage – NAAFI services on board and no cases of canal-sickness to report.” S/M Bob also noted that sadly the visitors “missed two RAS (Liquids) positions en route – but managed to make up for it by being welcomed warmly to the confines of the White Ensign Club, Exeter, who provided the daily tot and an excellent buffet.” Bude shipmates look forward White Ensign


to welcoming


members back at Bude RFC for their meeting this month.


Fans thrilled by Ambush


MEMBERS of the Submariners Association (Derbyshire branch) have congratulated the HMS Ambush field gun team on their performance in the Brickwoods contest at HMS Collingwood. The men of the association’s


affiliated boat took the Plate 2 prize, the Fleet and Endeavour trophies, exploits which caused Derbyshire shipmates to shout themselves hoarse. “All the Ambush results were good against teams such as Portsmouth and Plymouth naval bases, but to see the team romp in first on the Plate 2 run was brilliant and the team were justifiably chuffed,” said S/M Terry Hall, secretary of the association.


are to hold their autumn break at Mill Rythe Holiday Park on Hayling Island, near Portsmouth, from Monday September 20 to Monday September 27. Full board will be £197 per person, plus entertainment. For details contact organiser George Patience on 01456 450659 or M Hutchins on 01903 766895.


Hull and hearty


RNA HQ have passed on a message of Bravo Zulu to Hull branch, which has topped the 100-member mark for the first time in many years. The ratio of full members to


associate members is around 2:1, and HQ said the achievement is due to the “hard work of the committee and members who have worked tirelessly to bring awareness of the branch to the good people of Hull through fundraising events,


events, social activities and radio and press announcements.”


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Money for nothing HQ has again reminded


veterans’


Algerines break THE Algerines


Association There is something of a trend


FREE money for the Association – and all through very little effort on the part of members.


Weymouth plans jubilee day Walk for SSAFA


WEYMOUTH branch is to mark its golden jubilee with a drumhead service of dedication of a new branch standard next month. At the same event Portland branch will


lay up their old standard in conjunction with Weymouth. The event will take place at Nothe Fort in


Weymouth on Sunday September 19. A parade will form up at 1330 by the Nothe


Inn car park in order to march into the fort for the ceremony, which begins at 1400. There will be a buffet reception on completion


at the Sea Cadet Training Centre Duke of York. This will include a tot for standard bearers,


together with commemorative enamel standard bearers’ bar. Organisers need to know the number of


standard bearers and guests who wish to attend; contact S/Ms Ron and Jean Pattison on 01305 782413 as a matter of urgency; you can also email on ronjpa@tiscali.co.uk There will be free parking available on the


day, and the RNAS Yeovilton bluejacket band will provide musical accompaniment.


taxpaying members that by completing a Gift Aid form they will increase the value of their subscription without penalty. It will also help to maintain the annual subscription at £10, as the tax paid can be recovered by the Association, and a Gift Aid declaration lasts until rescinded.


A LINCOLN branch member undertook a 60-mile walk around the city to raise money for SSAFA Forces Help.


Royal Green Jacket who has been an associate member for four years, chose Armed Forces Day to don an 80lb backpack and tour the villages around Lincoln. Ian, a prison officer, left at 0800


and arrived back at the Lincoln RNA Club 14 hours later.


S/M Ian O’Connor, a former


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