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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.

HMS Ajax 1947642 viewsVeteran of the Plate, Taranto, Matapan, Crete, Force K and D Day.
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Another one fails to make the turn!725 viewsEnriPrefect
HMS Troubridge 1964684 views See an interesting comparison1 commentsPrefect
HMS Troutbridge976 viewsThe Navy Lark 1959 - 1977.
Back Row: A.B.Johnson (Ronnie Barker), C.P.O. Pertwee (Jon Pertwee). Lt Bates (Michael Bates), LS Goldstein (Tenniel Evans). Centre: Lieut, Murray (Stephen Murray), Capt. Povey (Richard Caldicot), Sub. Lieut. Phillips (Leslie Phillips). Front: Wren Chasen (Heather Chasen) and Wren Cornwell (Judy Cornwell).

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RFA Maine 19461024 views©Dickinson CollectionPrefect
RFA Maine 1946631 viewsOfficers and Medical StaffPrefect
RAF Luqa 1956706 viewsPrefect
RFA Amherst c1959 Grand Harbour ©534 viewsGreat faded pic of 'Amherst' in front of the Floating Dock.
Tanker in there is 'British Energy' ( what a mine of info! ) Keep finding these old photos bit by bit!
My mum, Joyce Day, on board RFA Amherst April/May 1960. ©634 viewsThis goes with the previous pic 'entering Grand harbour' She had just come back from Suda Bay, Crete. Time for cocktails no doubt! ( who last scrubbed the deck!! )3 commentsdeco.rise
Tug awaiting RFA Amherst entering Grand Harbour - April/May 1960 ©555 views3 commentsdeco.rise
Captain for a day555 viewsHMS Forth, Xmas Day 1952.Prefect
Small twin Prop - Luqa about 1960785 viewsDon't recognise aircraft or occasion4 commentsdeco.rise
The Fleet's in ©919 viewsSummer 1960 - but where? Sliema Creek perhaps?4 commentsJohn Kirby
Quick march! ©608 viewsTrooping the Colour. Tigne Barracks June 19601 commentsJohn Kirby
Eyes right! ©533 viewsTrooping the Colour. Floriana June 1960John Kirby
HMS Ark Royal ©697 viewspossibly in Sliema Creek 19602 commentsJohn Kirby
HMS Tiptoe 1960s595 viewsPrefect
HMS Lion ©841 viewsEarly 1960s

Partially completed as HMS Defence, Lion was launched on 2 September 1944 but work was suspended in 1946. Defence was renamed Lion in 1957 and construction continued at Wallsend. She was finally commissioned in July 1960.

In September 1964 Lion was present at the Maltese Independence celebrations. Earlier that year she had been rammed under the Forth Road Bridge by HMS Lowestoft. Emergency repairs were carried out in Rosyth Dockyard before she sailed for Malta with only hours to spare. Early in 1965, Lion was present at the Gambia Independence ceremony at Bathurst, now Banjul. She was decommissioned into the reserve at Devonport until 1972, when she was placed on the disposal list.

HMS Tiger & Lion in Grand Harbour -24 August 19611023 viewsTiger steaming past her sister ship. According to my records this is the first occasion since the "Tiger" class Cruisers were launched that the two of them are seen together in the Med. Date please??4 commentsdeco.rise
100th Minesweeper Sqn. off Grand Harbour 1960/61727 viewsFeint pic but a rarity. They are HMS Appleton, Upton, Wolverton & Yarnton 3 commentsdeco.rise
Dutch Cruiser " De Zeven Provincien" Grand Harbour c1961676 viewsFull harbour!, the Netherlands Cruiser, follwed by 27,300 ton "Empress of Canada" & then 12,300 ton " Dunera"deco.rise
Spanish Frigate " Triton" going into Marsamxett, c1961642 views2 commentsdeco.rise
RFA Amherst, 1962/3532 viewsHas very fond memories. This is the ship I went out to Malta in 1959. see also http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/ for more picsdeco.rise
Israel Destroyer ' Eilat' Marsamxett c1960573 viewsEilat was originally an R.N. Destroyer - Zealous.1 commentsdeco.rise
HMS Hermes entering Grand Harbour 1961586 viewsSS Olav & SS Lido in foregrounddeco.rise
LST Messina, Sliema Creek, 1961591 viewsdeco.rise
Postcard RFA Wave Knight & Wave Protector c1959/60616 viewsdeco.rise
HMS Blake entering Grand Harbour 1961609 viewsHad just been involved in searcing for survivors of the ill-fated "Clan Keith" which blew up off the coast of Tunisia a couple of days earlier. ( 62 lives lost )deco.rise
HMS Bermuda Grand Harbour 1961/62538 viewsWears Flag of Rear Admiral D P Dreyer, Flag Officer Flotillas, Meditrraneandeco.rise
Postcard - Sepia shot late 1930s747 viewsCan anyone name the Criusers & date it accurately?
Batttleships Warspite & Malaya. Date 1938-9.
Netlayer Guardian and Carrier is Courageous or Glorious
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RFA Tide Austral, Spring 1960 Grand Harbour ©542 viewsAs per other 'at sea' pics, Tide Austral re-fuelled HMS Tiger at sea during exrecise I was on.1 commentsdeco.rise
HMS Tiger off Malta, Spring 1960 ©724 viewsShot taken from a tug by myself after having a day at sea on a Naval Exercise, together with HMS Ark Royal & HMS Scorpion ( pics available )3 commentsdeco.rise
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