last time I was there there was a load of baby reggies looking stressed coz someone had asked them to spell thier name........
HMS Pheonix is there, as is the ivory tower.....and not forgetting the NMTS and also now lots of bemused Crabs and Pongos.....
I did once go there in 1965 to complet a morning's Sten (yes sten) Stirlings had not reach the submarine service by then, nor had SLR Rifles, course.
Did not like the place or its strange clean and shiny inhabitants who all had gleaming boots with soles 1" thick and 2047 hobnails in the bottom of the soles to make them noisy.
Some poor deeps once went to Viccie Barracks and met a GI here is his story.
"A Clash of Cultures
Itâ€™s the early 60â€™s when one of Her Majesties sleek black messengers of death enters Portsmouth dockyard for dry-docking. â€˜Deepsâ€™, the Tanky, an able assistant to the Coxswain and oppo of the Leading Chef is instructed to run an errand to Victory Barracks by the No1.
Resplendent in his battery acid honed No.8ts. trousers, salt encrusted steaming boots, off grey submarine roll neck sweater and nicely yellowed cap with bow strategically placed over his left eye, our hero enters Barracks. He strolls across the parade ground contemplating lighting up a DF when the strangulated cry of a â€œThat creature thereâ€ rents the peace.
A Chief Gunnery Instructor, testicles tightly bound with black masking tape to obtain that required pitch, stands quivering on his mirror like boots with inch thick soles and 200 polished hobnails. Deeps thinks, â€˜not me I am only a visitorâ€™ and ambles on.
The Chief of the Parade, who, as we all know never runs any where, walks at great speed, pace stick clenched firmly between the cheeks of his arse, no under his arm really. When he gets in front of our hero he places the tip of his pace stick on Deeps chest to prevent any escape and eyes him up and down. Deeps, having suffered the wrath of various Submarine Chief Stokers, is totally unfazed by this apparition and awaits the next move.
Chief of the Parade, â€œThere is a bit of shit on the end of my stickâ€