Gay Class Fast Attack Craft

#1
I met Jimmy Green for lunch yesterday during the conversations over a few beers and fruit based drinks for the ladies the subject of RN ships with the word Gay in the name came up. So here we are, choose your favorite HMS Gay ******** and give its appeal.


Gay Bruiser for the Sado & Masochist Crew
Gay Carabineer for ex Plod and them that like dark swarthy Cops.



Gay Class Fast Attack Craft

FPB1041 HMS Gay Archer 1953 Sold 1963
FPB1042 HMS Gay Bombardier 1953 Sold 1963
FPB1043 HMS Gay Bowman 1953 Sold 1963
FPB1044 HMS Gay Bruiser 1953 Sold 1962
FPB1045 HMS Gay Carabineer 1953 Sold 1963
FPB1046 HMS Gay Cavalier 1953 Sold 1963
FPB1047 HMS Gay Centurion 1953 Sold 1962
FPB1048 HMS Gay Charger 1953 Sold 1967
FPB1049 HMS Gay Charioteer 1953 Sold 1972
FPB1050 HMS Gay Dragoon 1953 Sold 1962
FPB1051 HMS Gay Fencer 1953 Sold 1968
FPB1052 HMS Gay Forester 1953 Sold 1962


Nutty
 

Scrumpy

Lantern Swinger
#8
Sadly during the 70's the PC brigade stopped the building of the replacments for the Gays.

Hence the order was cancelled for twenty 'Faggot' class frigates, ten 'Nancy' class destroyers and two new RFA's...'Rim Stretcher' and 'Ring Borer'
 
#10
Then there were the Portsmouth Harbour ferries that transported thousands of RN personnel in the innocent days before their names prompted sniggers (link):

... Two modern new vessels were built by Thornycrofts of Woolston, named Portsmouth Queen and Gosport Queen. They entered service in 1966, and have proved very reliable once some initial teething troubles were ironed out. Initially, a number of the traditional ferries were retained for standby and excursion duties. The new ferries were joined in 1971 by the larger Gay Enterprise, which ran excursions in the summer, and covered in the winter whilst the other two ferries were overhauled. Gay Enterprise was later renamed Solent Enterprise...
 
#11
Nutty said:
Jack77 said:
Are these names real, or are you taking the piss Nutty? :?
Jack

Just Google Gay Class Fast Attack Craft or MTB's but I will start your with a link.

Gay Class

Nutty

Sussex you beat me to it Oh no not Gay Bruiser again.

Nutty
I have had a look. They were simpler times, when such names would not raise a snigger like they do now. :)
 
#12
Gay Bombardier, Gay Charger, and Gay Fencer. Because they provided my first seagoing experiences as a young OD. In those days we didn't seem to have the fixation with homosexuality that the current generation displays.

2BM
HMS Hornet 1953-54.
 

Seaweed

War Hero
Book Reviewer
#15
Last time I was dragged down to the Gunwharf (a while back) there was a Gay boat berthed there (in civilian hands of course).

I think the Gays were the last gasp for HMS Hornet, the base on the Gosport side which is now a marina.
 
#16
Seaweed said:
Last time I was dragged down to the Gunwharf (a while back) there was a Gay boat berthed there (in civilian hands of course).

I think the Gays were the last gasp for HMS Hornet, the base on the Gosport side which is now a marina.
Now home to Hornet Sailing Club (read fascinating history here) and the Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre (JSASTC). The club house is the old wardroom and there is a monument listing all the Coastal Forces bases. HMS Hornet was the last to survive until decommissioned in 1956.

HMS Aggressive – Newhaven
HMS Beehive – Felixstowe
HMS Mosquito – Variously Alexandria, Haifa, Beirut, Benghazi and Port Said
HMS Hornet – Gosport
HMS Cicila – Dartmouth
HMS Attack – Portland
HMS Bee - Weymouth
HMS St Christopher – Fort William
HMS Black Bat - Devonport
HMS Fervent – Ramsgate
HMS Gregale - Malta
HMS Mantis - Lowestoft
HMS Midge – Great Yarmouth
HMS Wasp - Dover
HMS Fox – Lerwick

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Coastal Forces monument at Hornet Sailing Club[/align]
 
#19
icantfly said:
I'd hate to have to wear any of those cap tallies!!
What's your ship mate?

I'm on the Midge!

:lol:

Just think, back in WW2 there was an illustrious vessel that rejoyced in the name: HMS Pansy! :twisted:

It would have made a good name for a training ship......

Matelot A: I'm am ex-Ganges boy. 'Ow about you oppo?

Matelot B: Er, I'm an ex-Pansy boy..... :roll: :oops:
 

TheRowan

Lantern Swinger
#20
thingy said:
Just think, back in WW2 there was an illustrious vessel that rejoyced in the name: HMS Pansy! :twisted:
Well, she was renamed HEARTSEASE before launch.... although the WW1 sloop was not so lucky...
 
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