The Last Line - up
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HMS Warrior and Gothic
In March 2005, Len Hillier sent me some information about above photograph...
A book, "HMS Warrior Far East Tour 1953/54" was printed (part way through the tour) at Hong Kong 28th September 1954. I was a National Serviceman. I was in 825 Squadron (Air Mechanic Airframes) Fairy Fireflies, the other Squadron was 811 Sea Furies. The Air Branch was called (by the real salty sailors) The bloody "Birdmen" while we called the seamen "Fishheads"
On Monday 26th April 1954 the Liner Gothic (with HM The Queen on board) escorted by HMS Newfoundland and three Pakistan frigates was on its way to Aden from a tour of Australia &New Zealand. Both our squadrons did a low level fly pass at 200feet Later on after landing the squadrons back on board, we turned and overtook the Gothic and steamed past at 200yds. The lower deck was cleared with every possible man was on deck, nearly a thousand men fell in three deep all round the flight deck with the Royal Marine band in the bows, we could see HM the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, three mighty cheers rang out, and the signal flags for "long live the queen" were hoisted .Warrior steamed ahead to part company. A few minutes later a radio message was received "Thank you for your message , you looked very smart" Best wishes for a happy commission. Soon after we received the instruction to "Splice the Mainbrace", an issue of extra rum/grog (watered down rum) The above direct quote from the "book".
Note from Ray - The Navy issued rum until "Black Tot Day", 30th July 1970. For a history of grog in the RN see the Contemplator's site. In the early 90's, whilst serving in the army, after a joint exercise with the navy a few of us were invited to their mess, where we took a long and deep interest in Pusser's. An interesting evening, followed by a monumental hangover.
HMS Warrior, 4th September 1957, Puerto Belgrano, Argentina
On 4th September 1957, HMS Warrior visited Puerto Belgrano, Argentina. She was accompanied by HMS Lynx (Type 41, anti-aircraft frigate, F-27) and Mounts Bay (Bay class frigate, F-627)
Dad left HMS Warrior sometime in 1955, but the ship continued in service with the Royal Navy until 1958 when she was sold to the Argentina and renamed ARA Independencia. She was commissioned 26th January 1959, and was in service with them till stricken from Argentinean Navy list in 1971 when she was scrapped.