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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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234 Signals Squadron Parade at Lintorn Barracks 694 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 Luqa608 viewsPrefect
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HMS Alderney426 viewsPrefect
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HMS Corbrae 1946422 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 701 viewsPrefect
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HMS Narvik & charges548 views1960 - 62.1 commentsPrefect
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39 Squadron, RAF LUQA728 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 1945-6612 viewsOhio in the background.1 commentsPrefect
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Sliema Creek 557 viewsEarly 50s.Prefect
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Airmen's Mess RAF Luqa2453 views2 commentsPrefect
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Supermarine Attacker TS409638 viewsOne of the FAA's first jet fighters, at Luqa.Prefect
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HMS Eagle RM Band419 viewsPrefect
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The Mountbattens c 1950435 viewsPrefect
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Monty at Luqa411 viewsPrefect
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Avro Ashton544 viewsExperimental Jet Airliner/Bomber c1950.Prefect
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Lancaster GR Mk 3 over Filfla c1952792 views37 Squadron.
Crashed on Luqa village 30 Dec 1952- See ToM.
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Villa Rosa 672 views& St George's Bay 19455 commentsPrefect
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Command Pay Office432 viewsSt George's Barracks 1945Prefect
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HMS Woolwich 19471064 viewsPrefect
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HMS Ark Royal 1960s459 viewsPrefect
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RFA Dingledale330 viewsCourtesy of MaltaPost.
Probably taken from this photo.
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RFA Brown Ranger329 viewsCourtesy of MaltaPost
Full set here.
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A gathering of RFAs ©395 viewsBayleaf, Sir Bedivere, & Sir Percivale on the way home from the Gulf 2003.
Barry Thompson.
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To All our Readers383 views(Stirring the Pud. RFA Tarbatness 1972. Photo GGM.)Prefect
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5th Destroyer Squadron Malta 1960-1962642 views1 commentsscrumpyrat
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HMS Ark Royal473 viewsPaying off for the last time 16 November 1978.2 commentsPrefect
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HMS Ark Royal428 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 © 449 viewsWith HRH The Earl of Wessex & Captain David Buck.Prefect
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Royal Visit to RFA Mounts Bay © 380 viewsReportPrefect
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RFA Mounts Bay1455 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 today412 viewsPicture - Noel Psaila mynews@timesofmalta.comPrefect
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HMS Blake 1961438 viewsPrefect
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