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HMS Westminster visits Mombasa


War Hero
Good run ashore, plenty of Tusker and there was the old Rainbow bar, I remember the hit record 'Runaway' being played to death there.


War Hero
Book Reviewer
A welcome break from Armilla. Who can forget their first 'Mombasa Handshake'. The Mombasa Club was also a good place to go, they would let you use your mess number and send the bill down to the Mess Treasurer on the ship before you sailed.


War Hero
Book Reviewer
Agreed, SF. Despite its poor safety reputation, I always had a fun time in Mombers. It is not full of sex-workers (as the POMA was keen to remind us), although I met plenty of 'hairdressers from Nairobi, called Mathilda" in the Bora Bora Club... :oops:And why did people insist of buying the wooden carvings and Masai shields/spears, knowing full well that you will have a red ant infestation in the mess for weeks after leaving the place..?! :evil:


War Hero
Seaman's mission for a swim!!.Casablanca on the corner some nights kilindine transport in the three toner from the K boar jetty great days and nights


War Hero
Unfortunate sign of the times I suppose, that MoD RSS (whoever they are?) consider a visit to Mombasa by a UK warship to be a subject worthy of reporting.



War Hero
First day in duty driver - Had a slack late afternoon so pulled up at a bar (name eludes me now) at 16:00 to pick up the Greenies mess and get them back on board for scran. Walked in to be be greated with "get 'em down you Zulu Warrior" ...
Messmate pulled a gorgeous married German lady and spent a large part of our week with her, her husband (!) their two kids (called one and two in Zulu) and friends. Didn't see any of the nefarious night life and feel a bit ripped off.


War Hero
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Don't get shitfaced on the beach, those sandflies are carnivores.

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War Hero
Book Reviewer
Unfortunate sign of the times I suppose, that MoD RSS (whoever they are?) consider a visit to Mombasa by a UK warship to be a subject worthy of reporting.


Well as a common theme is that public awareness of what the RN does once it departs over the horizon is vague at best, any story reminding people about working with allies and promoting UK interests overseas is worth pushing.


No visit to Mombassa was complete without a few days at Silversands.

there in 65 on the anzio. went "g", got hammered on board and then off for five days at silversands. if we could not trap along at the nyali beach hotel we would go back to silversands bar for a few, put "downtown" on the juke-box and get a fast black into town and get on the lash with the lads. happy days.
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