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OK so where have you been?

reading some of the remarks ref us wafus,it crossed my mind to do this,Everyone can join in,small ships should come out tops cos they can get to places that carriers cant. Sorry about the bomber queens unless they were skimmers first.No uk ports no detachments only foreign ports on the grey funnel line.So from memory if you dont know where they are look them up, in no particular order, its understood you will have visited lots of them more than once,excuse some spelling. Vigo, Lisbon Gibraltar,Homs, Barcelona,Brest, Toulon, Marseilles, Cannes, Nice,Istanbul,Malta,Limasol,Famagusta,Naples,Cape Town,Durban,Zanzibar,Mombassa,Aden,Karachi,Colombo,Maldives,singapore,Hong Kong,Bankok,Subic Bay,Paula Tioman,Kobe, Freemantle,Djkarta,Manilla,Jesselton,muscat,Bahrein,Cocos Is,gan,Ascension Is,Lots of little uninhabited islands in the indian ocean and Pacific,where you went ashore with a boatload of beer and a barbie,once or twice withthe Marine band for a sods opera.The best runs ashore were always in uniform, couldnt wear civvies.Do they still stop the ship for Hands to Bathe or has health and safety stopped that


Gib, Souda Bay, trip to the Pyramids as ship transitted Suez, Dubai, Bahrain, Doha, Muscat, al-Jubail, Kuwait, Phuket, Penang, Port Klang, Singapore, Manila, Pusan, Hong Kong, Bogmalo in Goa, La Coruna, Bari, Lisbon, Naples, Porto, Barcelona, Key West, Tortola, Antigua, Grand Cayman, Barbados, Curacao, Cartagena, Kingston, Anguilla, Martinique, Monserrat, New York, Mayport, Malta.

I think that's the lot.

We still did hands to bathe in 2003.


Lantern Swinger
Bomber Queens ...... Port Canaveral! Finest of the lot, though, was back in 1969, to Bali - before it had an airport. Oh and Australia - went once, in 1968, and it was shut!


Lantern Swinger
in 1982/3 I did Gib,Port Sudan,Colombo,Diego Garcia (a few times), Mombassa (twice), Dar Es Salam, Karachi,Mauritius,Bahrain,Zanzibar. I can recommend none except for Bahrain and Mauritius
Singapore, Paula Tioman, Penang, Gan, Sychelles, Kuching, Tawau, Sandakan, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, Malta, Leghorn. Athens, Istanbul, Haifa, Algiers, Cape Verde Islands, Freetown, Lagos, Takorardi, Tema, St Johns NF, Quebec, Montreal, Kingston Ont. Toronto, Buffalo, Detroit, Halifax, New York, Haurgasand, Bergen, Stavanger, Helsinki, Lubeck, Keil, Cherbourg, Lorient, Bayonne, Lisbon.

Handicap's, South African, Comminist and Spanish Ports out of bounds, Suez Canal Shut. Persian Gulf only for Gulf Squadron (nobody else would go to the the fly infested place)

Best Detroit
Worst Quebec



Lantern Swinger
Oslo, Bodo, Tromso, Harstaad, Kristiansand, Rejkavik, (All on a skimmer) Kiel, St Malo, L'orient, Stavangar, Haurgasand, Ghent, Lisbon, Gib, Cartagena, Malta, Island of Elba, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Tortola, St Thomas, Bermuda, Baltimore, Boston, Halifax (NS), St Johns (NF), La Geura, Port for Panama City , Callao (Peru), Valparaiso,
Pitcairn Island (x2), Papeete (X2), Suva, Nukalofa, Villa(New Hebrides), Djarkarta, Cairns, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Singapore, Paula Tioman, Hong Kong, Kure, Yokosuka, Bangkok, Sattahip, Azores, Ascension, Falklands, Bali, Goa, Diego Garcia, Bahrein, Banda Abbass, Colombo, Mauritius, Simonstown, St Helena, Las Palmas, Alexandria. (All on a boat and not in any particular order)

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Kiel (few times), Archangel, Murmansk, Tromso, St. Petersburg, some rouge Russian Island, Finland, Gib (too many times), Souda Bay (few times), Athens, Malta ( a few times), Naple, Various places in Spain, Mombassa (few times), Cape town, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Dubai (gulf regions a few times), Scotland (too many times), Dublin ( a few times), Channel Islands, Egypt, Falklands, Poland (3 times), Riga.

And some other places I can’t remember the names of.


Lights out ,pipe down ,I close and remember,dont need to say a list ,the names are tattoed on me arms.
Sweet dreams


Lantern Swinger
Gibralter, Ascension Island, St Helena, Cape Town, Durban, Mombasa, Masirah, Bombay, Gan, Penang, Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong, Olongapo (Subic Bay), Kobe, Fremantle, Cyprus, Kavalla, Malta, Brest, Rotterdam,Orkneys, Harstad, St John, Halifax (Nova Scotia), Quebec, Montreal, Hamburg, Naples, Athens, Palma, Virgin isles, Puerto Rico, Ft Lauderdale, Norfolk VA, Mayport, Trinidad, Barbados, Bruges. I think thats about all.


Lantern Swinger
Tingara said:
Subic-never knew rn ships were there,when was this?
I was on the Albion 1971-73 on its last commission out in the Far Flung. In September 1971 we paid a 4 day visit to Olongapo. Can still feel the ride in the Jeepneys. It was a painful visit for at least 100 of the crew. Within a fortnight of leaving 'Pubic Bay' they were on a course of penicilin. Still not as bad as the yanks though, they had two of their people shot dead within yards of the dockyard gate.


Lantern Swinger
Tingara said:
Subic-never knew rn ships were there,when was this?
I was on the Albion 1971-73 on its last commission out in the Far Flung. In September 1971 we paid a 4 day visit to Olongapo. Can still feel the ride in the Jeepneys. It was a painful visit for at least 100 of the crew. Within a fortnight of leaving 'Pubic Bay' they were on a course of penicilin. Still not as bad as the yanks though, they had two of their people shot dead within yards of the dockyard gate.


Book Reviewer
Brussells, British Honduros (well it was when I went there), VeraCruz (Mexico), New Orleans, Washington DC, Key West, Nassau (several times), Barbados (several times), Bermuda (several times), St Vincent, St Kitts, St Lucia, Trinidad, Tobago, Jamica, Grenada, Antigia, loads of other Leeward and Windward Islands, Peurto Rico, Manilla, Panama City, Singapore, Johor Baharu,Bangkok, Hong Kong, Sydney, Hawaii, Guam, British Virgin Islands, Ceylon (again it was when I was there), Gibraltar, Alderney, Bristol, Middlesborough, Lerwick (we weren't meant to go there but it was too rough for a single screwed skimmer to turn around), there were loads of visits to various West Indian Islands but they are lost in the mists of time. Also got a lot closer to Viet Nam than the Cousins Carriers did. Nearly made Cuba but the Yanks put the blockade on in the early '60's so we didn't go, though I think the Yank fleet that arrived to put the blockade on was by far the most ships I'd ever seen at sea in one area


Reply to OLD HAND,done subic early 72 on hobart,
Thank you for your post.
when we wer ther a yank was found in the canal,with his an the rest,
Spent nearly a month at Subic,tetrecycline is easier
Never got a dose until honkers -blowy
So higthepig ,what u want ,a confession


War Hero
Channel Islands, Gib, Lisbon, Stavanger, Bergen, Hagusend, Marieistade, Kolding, Kiel, Willemshaven, Hamburg, Lubeck, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brest, LeOrient, Le Havre, Sardina, Corsica, Sicily, Naples, Civitavechhia-Port of Rome, Taranto, Genoa, Venice, La Spezia, Bari, Toulon, Marseille, Palma, Deportivo, Athens, Piraeus, Souda Bay, Cyprus, Malta, Ponta Delgada, Istanbul, Izmir, Antayla, Aksaz, Hurghada, Cairo, Dubai, Sharhja, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Bahrain, Salahla, Goa, Mumbai, Mombasa, Penang, Dakar, Casblanca, Tunis, Ascension Islands, Barbados, Antigua, Caymen Isles, Virgin Isles, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Domincan Republic, New York, Mayport, Norfolk, Charlestown, Ft Lauderdale, Falklands, South Georgia, various Scottish ports/islands on small ships and many homeports including; Hull, Newcastle, Falmouth and Liverpool.
tingara dont need a confession just wondered why you thought rn ships couldnt go to subic.Was with crew of hobart(was she ex american?)think it was 67 or 68 i cant remember it was either hong kong or singapore i think she was on rnr from vietnam,were you on it then?you still havent said where youve been so why join the thread?


i dont recall saying RN ships couldnt go to Subic,read the log.
here we go -
72 - manus island,subic,hongers,singers,malasia,sumatra ,java,darwin,brisbane ,sydney(home)fiji,hawaii,san francisco(5or 6 months refit)long beach,re ammunition...hawaii,samoa ,fiji ,home
73 - fremantle,mauritius,mombassa ,malindi,bahrain,karachi,bombay (lost camera in drink)colombo(locked up cos pommy merchant guys went apeshi,another tale)singers etc.
74-76 just the usual work up /course /exercise ,like rimpac x 3 ,kangaroo 1 2 3,mostly boring ,new zealand a few times
77 - mombassa.aden,port said ,suez,gibbers,london alongside hms belfast,spithead review,pompeii,devonport,london ,then up doing exs off norway,antwerp,gibbers ,toulon,suez,bonbers,singers ,home
78 - on sweepers - circum aussie again
79 - out
you gratified now,give yourself 3 hail marys ,,,and a uppercut


forgot - the HMAS HOBART wasnt x american,built by the Defoe shipbuilding co,brand new and issued to the Aussie government
These mofos sure can whip a Countys ass.
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