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exile1

Lantern Swinger
Given that some old salts will access this site and wonder Pompey, Guzz, Faslane...................WTF!? where's Chatham?
 

plant-pilot

Midshipman
Chatham is on the Medway in Kent and is the home of the old Naval Dockyards, Royal Shool of Military Engineering (Based in Brompton Bks and Kitchiner Bks) and the Royal Engineers Museum.

You could have asked that on ARRSE :wink:
 

exile1

Lantern Swinger
Plant-Pilot............are you trying to wind up an old tar? or perhaps I didn't make myself plain. I meant that if we were going to have a thread on Bases [RN], then it should include all the old port bases as well. I paid off a Battle class destroyer at Chatham [HMS Pembroke] in 1959 and spent some time in barracks before my next draft chit [I probably had more 'NAAFI Club Shuffles' there than you've had proverbials :wink:
 

plant-pilot

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exile1 said:
I probably had more 'NAAFI Club Shuffles' there than you've had proverbials :wink:

You'll have had to have had an awful lot of 'NAAFI Club Shuffles' in Chatham for that to be the case. Not really a wind up, but you did ask "Where's Chatham?". It answers a lot though. In the Navy the navigation is done by officers, in the Army we don't let them near a map (That's Chart to you) if we can at all help it. :wink:
 

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plant-pilot said:
exile1 said:
I probably had more 'NAAFI Club Shuffles' there than you've had proverbials :wink:

You'll have had to have had an awful lot of 'NAAFI Club Shuffles' in Chatham for that to be the case. Not really a wind up, but you did ask "Where's Chatham?". It answers a lot though. In the Navy the navigation is done by officers, in the Army we don't let them near a map (That's Chart to you) if we can at all help it. :wink:

Now Now Plant Pilot - we were asked to be kind to the 'now' junior service (website) or until they had at least established themselves. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

plant-pilot

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Auld-Yin said:
Now Now Plant Pilot - we were asked to be kind to the 'now' junior service (website) or until they had at least established themselves. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

But it was so quiet and I thought I'd just make up the numbers :wink:
 

sidon55

Lantern Swinger
Remember the old saying - Gus has the ships, Pompey wants them, but Chats doesn't give a stuff.

Sailed the Cleopatra out of Chats in 1951 to the Med. Short stay in barracks on 54 before going to Osprey and then to Dolphin for sub training. Had to change to Pompey rating on completion. Still reckon Chatham was the best Div.
 
exile1 said:
Plant-Pilot............are you trying to wind up an old tar? or perhaps I didn't make myself plain. I meant that if we were going to have a thread on Bases [RN], then it should include all the old port bases as well. I paid off a Battle class destroyer at Chatham [HMS Pembroke] in 1959 and spent some time in barracks before my next draft chit [I probably had more 'NAAFI Club Shuffles' there than you've had proverbials :wink:

8) Surely then we must include, Harwich, Dover, Blythe, Invergordon, Scapa Flow, Loch Ewe, Tobamorry, Queenstown, Halifax NS, Gib, Malta, Alexandra etc, etc. etc. etc. :?: :idea: :oops:

Nutty
 
Barrow accomodation and base ships for crews of building boats
well ---------------take yer pick

Balinderry,Clio,Hazard--she was a s/m base ship-1914-18

Old sweepers Pluto ,Rifleman and Waterwitch were all used as offices/accomodation.

When I was there for Trafalgar the crew all lived in the purpose built S/m building.
 

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