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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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The Navy Returns 1986437 viewsPrefect
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234 Signals Squadron Parade at Lintorn Barracks 699 views234 Signals Squadron, the last British Army Unit in Malta who moved to Mtarfa in July 1971 as Lintorn was handed over to the Government. (Photo is earlier).Prefect
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RAF Luqa612 viewsPrefect
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HMS Alderney429 viewsPrefect
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HMS Corbrae 1946426 views Purchased in 1940 as a Mine Destructor Vessel (MDV) . She was used as a stop-gap measure for combating magnetic mines, along with 9 other ships of the type (plus 2 non-engined), fitted with a 300-ton electro-magnet in her bow to set off any magnetic mines near to the ship. Structural damage became a frequent happening. In 1944 she was re-designated 'Repair Ship' and was sent for disposal in November 1946.Prefect
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HMS Wolfe 1945 - 1947 704 viewsPrefect
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HMS Narvik & charges552 views1960 - 62.1 commentsPrefect
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39 Squadron, RAF LUQA730 viewsThis may be optimistic at a file size of 216kb, but if you can zoom in enough there may be one or two fathers that can be recognised.1 commentsIvan
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HMS Cowdray 1945-6616 viewsOhio in the background.1 commentsPrefect
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Sliema Creek 560 viewsEarly 50s.Prefect
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Airmen's Mess RAF Luqa2456 views2 commentsPrefect
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Supermarine Attacker TS409641 viewsOne of the FAA's first jet fighters, at Luqa.Prefect
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HMS Eagle RM Band422 viewsPrefect
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The Mountbattens c 1950438 viewsPrefect
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Monty at Luqa414 viewsPrefect
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Avro Ashton549 viewsExperimental Jet Airliner/Bomber c1950.Prefect
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Lancaster GR Mk 3 over Filfla c1952795 views37 Squadron.
Crashed on Luqa village 30 Dec 1952- See ToM.
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Villa Rosa 675 views& St George's Bay 19455 commentsPrefect
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Command Pay Office436 viewsSt George's Barracks 1945Prefect
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HMS Woolwich 19471067 viewsPrefect
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HMS Ark Royal 1960s463 viewsPrefect
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RFA Dingledale333 viewsCourtesy of MaltaPost.
Probably taken from this photo.
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RFA Brown Ranger333 viewsCourtesy of MaltaPost
Full set here.
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A gathering of RFAs ©397 viewsBayleaf, Sir Bedivere, & Sir Percivale on the way home from the Gulf 2003.
Barry Thompson.
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To All our Readers385 views(Stirring the Pud. RFA Tarbatness 1972. Photo GGM.)Prefect
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5th Destroyer Squadron Malta 1960-1962649 views1 commentsscrumpyrat
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HMS Ark Royal475 viewsPaying off for the last time 16 November 1978.2 commentsPrefect
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HMS Ark Royal430 viewsPaying off for the last time 16 November 1978.

HMS Ark Royal was an Audacious class aircraft carrier launched on 3 May 1950 by Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother. She was commissioned on 25 February 1955. She was the sister ship to HMS Eagle and was originally to be called Irresistible, but was renamed Ark Royal prior to launch.

Initially on entry into service, she had a complement of up to 50 aircraft comprising Sea Hawks, Sea Venoms, Gannets, Skyraiders and various helicopters. As later aircraft types grew in size and complexity, her air group fell to below 40 when she left service in 1978.

She entered Devonport for the last time on 4 December 1978 and decommissioned on 14 February 1979.
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RFA Association Malta © 451 viewsWith HRH The Earl of Wessex & Captain David Buck.Prefect
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Royal Visit to RFA Mounts Bay © 382 viewsReportPrefect
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RFA Mounts Bay1457 viewsAs part of Royal Navy's Cougar-12 deployment, together with HMS Illustrious, HMS Bulwark, HMS Northumberland, HMS Montrose and MV Hartland Point. Prefect
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HMS Illustrious today415 viewsPicture - Noel Psaila mynews@timesofmalta.comPrefect
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