Dads Navy Days - other RN ships (1)

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HMS Armada - 1951

HMS Armada ~ 1951

HMS Bermuda - HMS Warrior

HMS Bermuda and HMS Warrior entering Grand Harbour, Malta ~ 1953

Birmingham, Newfoundland & Warrior - Singapore - 1954

Birmingham, Newfoundland & Warrior ~ Singapore ~ 1954

Raising the Breconshire - April 1954

Raising the Breconshire, which I believe to be a tanker, Marsa, Malta ~ April 1954
She was towed to Trieste to see if repairs were possible, they weren't, and she was scrapped

In December 2001, I received an email from Mr. Des Johnson whose father-in-law was chief engineer on this ship during all its service including the time she was sunk. She was sunk on 27th March 1942 by a Stuka dive-bombing her, the bomb exploded in the engine room killing many of the crew. A raising attempt occurred in April 1954.

In August 2004, I received an email from JLB who wrote,

"Reasons for my interest are that in the case of Breconshire, my father who passed away in August 1997, was the electrical engineer on RFA Sea Salvor which was assigned to take part in the salvage of the Breconshire. I am positive that the photo attached to your page in fact shows RFA Sea Salvor (top of picture) during that assignment. It is very evocative for me to think that my father was in fact in that photo when it was taken!

I think one of the other two ships is the Barhill which was as far as I know, also assigned to the task. Interestingly, both these ships were also assigned to salvage the remains of "FOG-ALYP"- the COMET JET airliner which crashed off the coast of Elba and the salvage of which resulted in the solving of the mystery surrounding the numerous earlier Comet crashes. My father was also involved in that project for which with other crew members of RFA Sea Salvor, he received a commendation from Lord Mountbatten then Admiral of the British Fleet in the Mediterranean.

In the case of HMS Gambia, I recall as a young child in Senglea, Malta where I was born, admiring the many Royal Naval ships that were buoyed in the Grand Harbour in full view right in front of our house. The Gambia was a frequent visitor and with the many other British and international ships, was much admired. Given the visits to that port during the times you mentioned, I theoretically would have "seen" your father as I was certainly there during that period."

A history of the Breconshire can be found at The Red Duster - Glen Line Fleet

Bosn's Chair - Chieftain to Gambia

Captain (D) Med by Bos'ns Chair from HMS Chieftain to HMS Gambia ~ 1950

Fuelling HMCS Crusader from HMS Warrior - 1953

Fuelling HMCS Crusader from HMS Warrior ~ 1953

USS Des Moines - 1952

USS Des Moines ~ 1952

HMS Exeter

This picture was kindly sent to me by Ray Holden in January 2002, and shows the heavy cruiser HMS Exeter being taken into Devonport after the Battle of The River Plate. On the 13th December 1939, the Exeter, Ajax and Achilles put the German pocket battleship Graf Spee out of the war. Details of this action can be found at Defence Journal . One of Ray's relatives was aboard her at the time.

Gothic

Gothic ~ carrying Her Majesty the Queen ~ 1953

HMS Glory ~ July 1950

Fleet Boat Regatta at Marmarice, Turkey

Dads Navy Days | A brief history | Documents (Page 1), (Page 2), (Page 3) | Maps (Page 1), (Page 2) | HMS Gambia - ship (1950), (1951), (1952) | Collision (Page 1), (Page 2) | HMS Gambia - crew (Page 1), (Page 2), (Page 3), (Page 4) | HMS Gambia - places (1950), (1951) | HMS Gambia - visitors | HMS Warrior - ship (1953), (Vietnam), (1954), (Equator), (Life), (More 1954) | HMS Warrior - crew | HMS Warrior - places (Page 1), (Page 2) | HMS Warrior - planes (Page 1), (Page 2), (Page 3) | Other ships (Page 1), (Page 2), (Page 3), (Page 4), (Page 5) | Before & After | ARA Independencia (Page 1), (Page 2), (Page 3), (Page 4), (Page 5), (Page 6) | Spithead '53 (Page 1), (Page 2) | HMS Chevron (Page 1), (Page 2) | HMS Liverpool | HMS Cook | Peanut Club | Other Sites

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