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served with the Royal Navy from 1956 to 1967 and the RNR until
1981 leaving as a CPOSA (S).
would be pleased to hear from any shipmates, from the following
HMS Ceres ( Wetherby )1956/57 Royal Naval Supply School, I
was in 45S Class.
of the classes
or buildings, especially Moorlands?
Me on my first leave from HMS Ceres Christmas 1956
Baby Airy Fairies, learning their trade. Gamecock
Barracks on a Winter's Day.
1957, Royal Naval Air Station Bramcote, Fleet Air
Arm Training Establishment. Photograph wanted,
I was ship's company.
Royal Navy: 1946 – 1959
The Royal Navy took over Bramcote Station on 3 December 1946. It became known as
Royal Navy Air Station, Bramcote ‘HMS Gamecock’. The ship’s badge was ‘a
gamecock proper’ on white background with the motto ‘spurred for the skies’
At the commissioning ceremony, captain G N Brewer DSO, Officer Commanding,
remarked to the assembled gathering “you have seen the white ensign hoisted for
the first time about as far from the sea as it is possible in England. You are
serving in the most inland ‘stone frigate’ in the country”.
The main function of RNAS Bramcote was to be the technical training for Naval
Airmen Aircraft Mechanics.
About one thousand men were under training at any one
time. After completing new entry and airmanship courses, the trainee then joined
an aircraft carrier for one month’s sea experience.
HMS Gamecock was also a centre for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (Air
branch) and was used by 1833 (RNVR) Squadron. This squadron started its flying
at Bramcote with Seafires (the naval version of the Spitfire). The early 1950s
saw an expansion of the RNVR and in 1954, 1833 squadron got its eagerly awaited
Sea Furies. There were also a small number of Firefly aircraft and on 15
February 1954, this element was formed into 1844 squadron, which concentrated on
anti-submarine training. Both Squadrons were distinguished by having their
spinners (propellers) painted red – this being the unofficial station colour.
All aircraft based at Bramcote, were identified by the letters BR painted on the
On 23 October 1955, 1833 squadron were moved to RAF Honiley – near
Coventry – as they were to be equipped
with jet aircraft as Bramcote had grass runways.
In March 1956, 1844 squadron re-equipped with Grumman Avengers. They no longer
had red spinners but the cowlings now bore a red diamond with a squadron crest
on a white inner.
HMS Gamecock, as the name implies, suggests an association with the game bird
and it is believed that a cock-fighting pit did exist within the station
perimeter – not far from the Officers Mess. It is not surprising to find
therefore that the Navy had a mascot – yes – a gamecock. The first one was
‘Wallis’ – to be followed by many more and he was paraded in his spherical cage
at ceremonial parades.
With the run down of the RNVR (Air Branch) Bramcote eventually became surplus to
requirements for the Navy and the training was transferred to Arbroath. During
the long run down the local press headlined the question “what is to happen to
HMS Gamecock? Their fears were alleviated by the announcement that the camp was
to receive new tenants.
HMS Tracker (LST(3) 3522)
Tank Landing Ship.1957.
Lots of good info on all the LSTs
The second ship to bear the
HMS Tracker was one of the many Landing Ship, Tanks
(LST's) constructed in the latter stages of the Second World War.
The hull was built by Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon and
engined by C.P. Rail.
She was launched on the 9th June 1945 as L3522.
She was named HMS Tracker in 1947.
In 1952 HMS Tracker acted as the hospital ship for
the first British atom bomb test off the North West coast of Australia.
In 1957 she became a harbour accommodation ship for
the pre-commissioning crew standing by HMS Victorious.
She became a net and boom carrier in 1964.
She was sold in 1970 and scrapped in
Valencia Spain in 1971.
you a part of Tracker '57 crew standing by for the Victorious?, did anyone take
know we had some good laughs and runs ashore, we also worked bloody hard.
was only sixteen when I joined her and I had to work like a mule, talk about
took us a year, to store the "Mighty Vic".
144lb bales of rags, sacks of soda, spuds, 5 gal drums of Teepol etc. lorry load
after lorry load.
was all carried over the gangway and through the decks, because the miserable
"B" of a flight deck commander didn't want his flight deck
simple and easy would have it have been, to hoist the lorries on board by crane
and lower the supplies down the storing hatches.
way the ship was designed to be stored; and was, when she commissioned and went
sign of the times I suppose, the OSHA safe carrying weight now is 20 kilos 50
photo courtesy of " To Sail No More part four, Ian Buxton,
published by Maritime Books, isbn 0--907771-77-7 Lodge Hill, Liskeard Cornwall, UK, 01579-343663
HMS Victorious ( R38 ) Aircraft Carrier.
Royal Naval Barracks Chatham,
Royal Naval Supply
Chatham Barracks is now the University of Greenwich.
was small ships support team.
Including E.C.E.S.U. (East Coast of England Survey Unit) HMS
Echo, HMS Enterprise, HMS Egeria.
Enterprise, Egeria, Chatham 1962
Helicopter Station and Naval Base 1962/63,
wanted, I was Small Ship's Support Group.
HMS Rooke Gibraltar1963/65,
Small Ship's Support Group, mothballed
HMS Rooke swimming pontoon and a Ton class minesweeper with mothball
arking off the foreshore.
HMS Fittleton, except they all had cocooning on, made them look like Noah's Ark
Does anyone have photographs of the Ton Class mothball
fleet in Gibraltar, I think we had thirteen, can you remember their names???
We would bring one alongside every month and change the
provisions, survival packs, fresh water etc.
I remember one Winter's day, the wind was howling through
the two moles, directly on to Coaling Jetty, where we had the sweeper, she was
swaying, side to side so violently, I had to go ashore in case I was seasick.
Luckily we had a married quarter in Cormorant " O " Block, at the shore end of
Rifle Match results in Gibraltar Daily Paper
We drove home overland to the UK April 1965, I hadn't
finished my Foreign Service Leave, when I got a telegram, telling me to join HMS
Tiger at Guzz. I was back in Gib twenty eight days after leaving, no tropical
kit, it was all en route to the UK, we probably passed it in the Bay of Biscay,
I had to go ashore to HMS Rooke to get kitted out, all the Jack Dusty's got a
laugh when I turned up.
That first night in, we were playing tombola in the fleet
club, a sparker from Rooke, asked me if my missus had let me out for the night.
( C20 ) 6" Cruiser, 1965/66.
I was the LSA (S) in charge of the Permanent Stores
Ledgers and Loan Lists, under CPOSA (S) Dennis Deighton;
a true naval gentleman, where are you now Dennis.???
Tiger Class Light Cruisers
Displacement: 9,550 tons standard ; 11,700 tons full load
Dimensions: 538 pp, 555.5 oa x 64 x 18 feet
Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons geared turbines, 4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers,
80,000 shp. = 31.5 knots
Range: 2000 miles at 30 knots, 6,500 miles at 12 knots ; 1,940 tons fuel
Armament: 2 dual 6-inch / 50 Mk 26 DP rapid-fire ; 3 dual 3-inch / 70 Mk
6 DP rapid-fire
Armour: 3.25 to 3.5 inch belt ; 2 inch deck ; 1 to 2 inch turrets ; 1.5
to 2 inch bulkheads
Radars: Air Search - Type 960 ; Surface/Low-level Air Search - Type 992 ;
Height Finding - Type 277Q ; Gunnery - Type 903 (MRS3 director) per mount
Helicopter Cruiser conversion as above except:
Displacement: 9,500 tons standard ; 12,080 tons full load
Dimensions: 538 pp, 556.6 oa x 64 x 18 feet
Armament: 1 dual 6-inch / 50 Mk 26 DP rapid-fire, 1 dual 3-inch / 70 Mk 6
DP rapid-fire, 2 quad GWS22 Seacat SAM launchers
Aircraft: 4 Wessex / Sea King HAS
Radars: Air Search - Type 965 ; Surface/Low-level Air Search - Type 992Q
; Height Finding - Type 278 ; Gunnery - Type 903 (MRS3 director) per mount
These three ships were laid down as Group 2 Swiftsures with Superb.
All were suspended at the end of war, work not restarting until the mid 1950's.
They were then completed to a modified design utilising the new 6-inch and
3-inch rapid-fire DP guns designed for the abandoned 'Minotuar' class. These
guns gave the class the greatest fire-power of any cruiser the Royal Navy had
ever built, with the water cooled 6-inch and 3-inch guns capable of firing 20
and 90 rounds per minute per gun respectively (although this rate of fire would
empty the magazines in a few minutes). Unfortunately the guns suffered
Shortly after entering service, Tiger & Blake were
converted to ASW Helicopter Cruisers embarking 4 Sea King or Wessex
anti-submarine helicopters, with the aft 6-inch twin turret replaced by a hanger
and flight deck and the two amidships 3-inch twin turrets replaced by Seacat
point defence SAMs. Due to the high manpower they required all three ships spent
several years in reserve, with Lion only serving 4 years before
being paid off.
Blake was the last cruiser in the Royal Navy and in December 1979
ended a 100 year tradition of RN Cruisers.
HMS Tiger (C20)
Built by John Brown, Clydebank. Laid down 1 October 1941. Launched 25 October
1945. Completed 18 March 1959. Converted to Helicopter Cruiser at Devonport,
1968-1972. Paid off April 1978. Put on the Disposal list 1980. Broken up by Desguaces
Varela, Spain, 1986.
HMS Lion (C34)
Built by Scott's, Greenock. Laid Down 24 June 1942. Launched 2 September 1944.
Renamed 1957. Completed 20 July 1960 by Swan Hunter, Wallsend. Paid off 1964. In
reserve 1964-1972, then placed on disposal list. Broken up by Ward,
HMS Blake (C99)
(ex Tiger, ex Blake)
Built by Fairfield, Govan. Laid Down 17 August 1942. Launched 20 December 1945.
Completed 18 March 1961. Converted to Helicopter Cruiser at Portsmouth,
1965-1969. Paid off December 1979. Placed on disposal list 1981. Broken up by
Shipbreaking (Queenborough) Ltd., Cairnryan, 1982.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Twelve ships of the British
Royal Navy have carried the name HMS Tiger, after the
- The first
Tiger was a 22-gun ship built in
in use as a
floating battery after
- The second Tiger was a 260-ton discovery vessel recorded in
the Arctic in
- The third
Tiger was a 32-gun ship launched in
1722, and wrecked in
- The fourth
Tiger was a 50-gun
rate renamed Harwich shortly before launching, and was in
use from 1743
till being wrecked in
- The fifth
Tiger was a 60-gun
rate launched in
sailed out to India where she remained throughout her service, playing
a part in the capture of Calcutta, and in actions at
Pondicherry. She was made a hulk in 1761 and sold in Bombay four
- The sixth
Tiger was the 74-gun
Tigre captured in
- The seventh
Tiger was a 4-gun
hoy purchased in
- The eighth
Tiger was a 12-gun
- The ninth
Tiger was a wooden-hulled
paddle sloop launched in
reclassified as a
and lost in action at
- The tenth
Tiger was a 380 ton
destroyer launched in
during an exercise in the
English Channel south of the
Isle of Wight. Tiger crossed the bows of
HMS Berwick and was sliced in two, 28 lives were lost.
- The eleventh
Tiger was a
battlecruiser launched in
World War I, and was badly damaged in the
Battle of Dogger Bank (1915) and the
Battle of Jutland, but resumed service after repairs. Scrapped in
- A Tiger
was ordered in
renamed to Bellerophon and Blake, cancelled in
later completed as
- The twelfth
Tiger (C20) was a
guided missile cruiser launched in
1945 as a
light cruiser, later converted, and in service until
An excellent photograph of Tiger at Melbourne, December 1st
1977, courtesy of John Kent.
Belfast/Bellerophon, Reserve Fleet Portsmouth, 1966/67
Whale Island, S&S Cricket Team 1966,
guys, I can't remember any names, I'm 2nd from left front, I assume the eleventh
man took the photograph, any ideas.?
H.M.S. Belfast Association, Honorary Secretary, Mr. Ted Hill (tel:
01708 341 803).
H.M.S. Belfast Imperial War Museum
Two of my
granddaughters, Madison and Liberty Pickett, August 17th 2004.
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