First Beira patrol

Fw tanky

Midshipman
Making a claim here for the ship that did the first Beira patrol. it was HMS jaguar and we were on station when Ian Smith declared UDI. Wiki says it was the Lowestoft but the Jag was on station as the only ship in the south Atlantic station. We raced up to Beira and took station without any specific orders and the Skipper had a hell of a time trying to stop various vessels. He had no real powers to take any action and it was a real strain on him.
 

dapperdunn

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Making a claim here for the ship that did the first Beira patrol. it was HMS jaguar and we were on station when Ian Smith declared UDI. Wiki says it was the Lowestoft but the Jag was on station as the only ship in the south Atlantic station. We raced up to Beira and took station without any specific orders and the Skipper had a hell of a time trying to stop various vessels. He had no real powers to take any action and it was a real strain on him.
Just go on Wikipedia, edit the entry and make it right. You have the power.
 

repoman

War Hero
Did the Beira patrol thingy on Antrim early '73. I had no idea as a baby golly why I was even there. Only years later I found out why. Waste of time, but lots of bronzie bronzies, and a piss up in Mombasa for my efforts.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Did the Beira patrol thingy on Antrim early '73. I had no idea as a baby golly why I was even there. Only years later I found out why. Waste of time, but lots of bronzie bronzies, and a piss up in Mombasa for my efforts.
Preceded by Simostown (and the fire that we never helped with ;)) and followed by International Navy Days - after 3 weeks in Mombers!
 

bobajob

Newbie
Glad to see you guy's are still around. I carried your mail home on a Ellerman vessel. Dropped a few beer in to the RIB when collecting it. Great bronzie weather - but as you say boring after a while. Mombasa was great - only a shadow of itself when it became Maputo.
 

bollotom

War Hero
Glad to see you guy's are still around. I carried your mail home on a Ellerman vessel. Dropped a few beer in to the RIB when collecting it. Great bronzie weather - but as you say boring after a while. Mombasa was great - only a shadow of itself when it became Maputo.
Maputo? Wasn't that Lorenco Marques?(Sp) :cool:
 

bobajob

Newbie
Spot on. Yes Lorenco Marques. We used to visit most of the ports up and down the east coast, seem to have got a few mixed up.
 

PedlarP

Lantern Swinger
There was a stop in Durban between Simonstown and Mombers :)
In Massawa we nearly got creamed by the USS La Salle...the yanks stopped just short of the quarterdeck. Princess Anne came onboard with the Emporer Hailie Selassies...one of the few times I attended the flight deck church service ;)
 

repoman

War Hero
In Massawa we nearly got creamed by the USS La Salle...the yanks stopped just short of the quarterdeck. Princess Anne came onboard with the Emporer Hailie Selassies...one of the few times I attended the flight deck church service ;)
Yep the La Salle almost cleaned up the Soviet destroyer Skrytnyy (447) as well.
 

D25 Carysfort

Midshipman
On Carysfort we conducted a number of patrols in 66, including being onsta the weekend England won the World Cup. Listening to the World Service I recall it vividly. Went back in 67 on Lynx, Relentless, Chichester and Llandaff in that order. Thankfully I never returned.
 

JedS

Midshipman
I was on the Beira patrol with HMS Lowestoft in 1965-66. The only other ship I can remember being with us was HMS Eagle. Not sure if Lowestoft/Eagle were the first ships there.
 

RumRat..

Midshipman
Making a claim here for the ship that did the first Beira patrol. it was HMS jaguar and we were on station when Ian Smith declared UDI. Wiki says it was the Lowestoft but the Jag was on station as the only ship in the south Atlantic station. We raced up to Beira and took station without any specific orders and the Skipper had a hell of a time trying to stop various vessels. He had no real powers to take any action and it was a real strain on him.
I was a young A/B on the Jaguar at the time and remember it well. We were due to go to sea for gunnery trials with the S.A. Navy, but instead headed off into the Atlantic. A long boring time at sea but stops at 'Bassas da india' for swimming. Eventually we docked in Durban after a month or so at sea, where I was beaten up and arrested by the SA police (boers)
 

artytarty

Newbie
Making a claim here for the ship that did the first Beira patrol. it was HMS jaguar and we were on station when Ian Smith declared UDI. Wiki says it was the Lowestoft but the Jag was on station as the only ship in the south Atlantic station. We raced up to Beira and took station without any specific orders and the Skipper had a hell of a time trying to stop various vessels. He had no real powers to take any action and it was a real strain on him.
HMS Mohawk,(Captain Stanley L McCardle), though not mentioned here, was the first ship to take up the Beira Patrol. The three patrol lines were originally named after ex-girlfriends of our (RAN) Navigation Officer. I was one of 3 Midshipmen in Mohawk. I can't now remember the exact dates, but we were based at Mombasa, and were actually on patrol during the World Cup semi-final; England v Portugal. At that time a Portuguese (ex RN) frigate was in company, ensuring that we didn't enter their territorial waters. (Capt McCardle had served in her as an Able Seaman when she was RN!)During the match the two ships sailed close alongside (as if a RAS) and the match commentary was played on the ships speaker systems, in both languages. With the cheering, (or otherwise!) ships' companies manning the sides, it was as if the game was being played in the ocean between us
 

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