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HMS Inskip


Lantern Swinger
Bloody Good time at HMS Inskip we used spend the day picking mushrooms in the ariel fields and sell them to the local supermarket.
Wind up old Stan in the JR's dining hall all the time and generaly live the life just like the Navy Lark on the radio.

It was bliss


War Hero
I went there with the sea cadets once, is it true that the road up to the buildings was a wartime runway?


War Hero
Been to Inskip a couple of times, it's now part of the Defence Communications Services Agency (DCSA).


Lantern Swinger
dunkers said:
I went there with the sea cadets once, is it true that the road up to the buildings was a wartime runway?

I think it was originally called HMS Nightjar so the runway thing could be correct there was also a lot of old hangers scattered around


Inskip is still there. I regularly ride the roads past it. 3 main masts can be seen for miles at night.

I work with an ex inskip chief who turns 60 soon - initials JMPTC.

I also recently met a distant relative who served there in the 80's and still works there as a civ. Bob Emmington I think he's called.

Still there, though there is a golf course along some of it.

Did a cadet course there once, and it feels as though you are in the middle of nowhere!


Lantern Swinger
Always_a_Civvy said:
SpliceTheMainbrace said:
Been to HMS Inskip once, just remember lots of ariels sticking up from the ground.

No STB, you're getting confused with HMS Hedgehog! :twisted: :D :lol:

Imagine that as a ship HMS Hedgehog. How the enemy would laugh.

HMS Duncan the new Type 45s though, doesn't sound as good at Dauntless and Daring now does it?


War Hero
HMS Inskip was my last draft in the Andrew and was a great place, was there 90-91 and remember Bob Emmington, not sure who JMPTC is though.

As I remember we were the only Ship/Establishment to have a JR's bar, bloody marvelous it was. :crash:


Lantern Swinger
An article about HMS Nightjar appeared in the October 2005 edition of Vanguard - the magazine of RNA 10 Area.

Download a copy (1.1Mb .pdf)

Back copies may be available to download, please contact me or contact the Area Secretary for print copies. [email protected]



War Hero
Inskip is now DCSA, run by VT.

It was an FAA airfield in WW2, and is now home to the Sea Cadet Training Centre INSKIP, (TS Nightjar) and a rather flat 9 hole golf course which floods every winter. Bloody difficult getting a good swing wearing a life jacket.

Its still like being on another planet.

A lot of the old and bold Chiefs who were there in 95 when it changed over to civvy stayed on to work for SERCO. They had an Ex Royal Sigs major as the RO2 Manager and an ex 2 1/2 eng as the Serco manager.

The last man to serve there on watch in the Control Room as RN now works for VT IN Cyprus. It took him months to get out of the habit of wearing his No8s to work, but he probably just did it to annoy the Hobbit.


I did 3 years at Inskip before it went civvy. bloody cracking draft,met my wife at the bop,

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War Hero
Never whilst in the mob;-but hiked up there for an exercise during a dog handling course with Lancashire Constabulary It ****ing pissed down, the masts were still standing at that time 1980's.
I used to collect huge mushrooms during the all night watch in the 70's whilst carrying out aerial security checks. I was based here as my very last draft in the RN. We had a ball in those days living here. Far better than any holiday camp. I also played a very important part in the Gand over of the camp to civvy control, my mate Ch R Mech MacDonald landed the position of manager, Mac had served there several times during his Naval career, sadly Mac passed away suddenly.


An old pal aWW2 RNVR pilot tells me he was there in 1945 when it was RNAS Inskip HMS Nightjar
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