Guzz, Pompey, Rosyth,

#1
Been on the Merlot again ,wife out, me bored shitless so can I try this topic;
Having served on ships in all three naval bases can I give an honest opinion of the matelots I served with and maybe get some feedback, sorry if I offend anyone but comments are based purely on personal opinion:
Rosyth : Jocks hated/tolerated the english matelots but as an englishman I would go were the shits hits the fan with the jocks anyday.
Pompey : Professional, boring but a far better run ashore
Guzz : Sea dodgers at SR level believe that 6 years ashore at SR is the norm anything less and they drip like fcuk.
Only GS comment - I know the submarine guys get fcuked between Faslane and Devonport.
Never did Chatham but my mum did!!
 

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#4
In my day, the dit went... chatham for wit, guzz for sh1t and pompey where sailors come from. Pembroke [Chatham] was the best of Dockyard/RNB runs. NAAFI dances, lots of WRNS etc.,
 
#5
Being born and bred in Guzz, I'm a bit biased, obviously, but: Chatham, paid off a frigate and an SSN there, only good for getting up the Smoke, and good for travelling. Did do some time in South Queensferry/Rosyth on FPS, loved it (more important, my first married accompanied, and Herr Indoors liked it as well). Faslane, HATED the place, even in the Churchill Estate - after one or three run ins with the Beach Boys, rarely went into the Burgh, created our own entertainment in the Base. Pompey was all right for a week or so - especially after the 76 Fleet Review when we were on full subsistence, but I couldn't hack the place for any longer.
As for Guzz, had more than enough runs down the Strasse and the Barbican before they became fashionable - my own patch (before it all closed) was North Corner - Standard, Cambridge, Swan, Steam Packet. Ma Boots, Caseys, the Revenue and the Ark Royal. The older generation will remember the names, probably with as much enthusiasm as I remember them, because if you were Jolly Jack, and treated them as they found you, they always welcomed you back.
 
#6
I was based in 3 of the above and I liked Pompey because it was near to home.
Faslane was a Shit run ashore (Glasgow was a no go area for us English in the late 70's),as someone said,you made your own entertainment on the base(And we sure did !!)
Rosyth was the bees knees for me as I loved going into South Queensferry,Dunfermiline and Edinburgh,down Rose Street etc and the dockies on SSBN refits were top blokes plus we had our own JR's Bar in the Dockyard
 
#7
Rosyth was the best for me. Very handy for a run in Edinburgh. Loads of tourist totty.
Faslane (Helensburgh) was pretty gash, but Garelochhead was nice in the summer.
My first ship was Chatham based, and I was drafted to Pembroke for a while afterwards. Good run, handy for travelling and a run up to London. Loads of Wrens.
Pompey was normality. Neither up nor down.
I never saw the attractions for Guzz.
 
#8
For me it will always be Pompey. I couldn't take to Guzz, awful place!
Rosyth, always cold, wet and miserable. I remember calling in there after nearly every JMC I was on, it was such a depressing place, it almost made Guzz look good........I did say ALMOST. :thumright:
 
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