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HMS BRISTOL Association


War Hero
I've resurrected on old thread to give some information.

I don't know how many of you know, but tomorrow, HMS Bristol is being decommissioned after 50 odd years. She is/was a unique ship - literally and metaphorically.

She was the best ship I had.


War Hero
I remember her regularly putting in to Fishguard when doing missile trials at Aberporth. I was too young to sign on in those days, but really keen on having a pusser’s grey war canoe for a home.


War Hero
The decommissioning seems to have happened REALLY quickly - it was first mentioned only about a week ago. Obviously, the bosses knew some time ago, but it wasn't promulgated to us oiks.
Pictures now showing her Paying Off pennant on FB.


War Hero
Book Reviewer
She is only going one of two ways. Neither involves the bristol channel.
Numerous times crowd funding has been tried for ex RN ships and they dont seem to work.


War Hero
I can't believe that it is about 45 years ago I joined her! It was just after the fire. She was a great ship to serve on and was one of a kind - the only ship in the modern RN to have 3 funnels!


Lantern Swinger
She is only going one of two ways. Neither involves the bristol channel.
Numerous times crowd funding has been tried for ex RN ships and they dont seem to work.
Eye watering costs. The most credible plan I remember was for Invincible post decommissioning to be moored at Greenwich as a private heliport, ideal for Canary Wharf etc but that never came off
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