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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:33 am

after leaving hms blake in sept 74 (after i left she went on a 6mth tour of the far east Crying or Very sad ) i went to royal airforce base honington in suffolk for 6mths went there because there were navy buccaneers jets based there,enjoyed a quality 6mths there







remember well they had loads of bands playing there deffo remember cozy powell playing & pans people Very Happy

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Post  madmark on Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:40 am

I'm waiting for the worlds most famous......

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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:46 am

march 75 till september 77 i joined hms penelope leander class frigate based in plymouth my time onboard her she was a trials ship for the seawolf missle system the forward 4.5 gun was taken off so was the wasp helecopter she was laid down in 1961 as hms coventry a type 12 frigate,but during building the plans were changed to a leander class & she was renamed penelope.
she was launched in 1962.
propulsion is by two steam turbine engines producing 30,000 shp & speeds in excess of 28 knots.
ships company 13 officers 45 senior rating & 150 junior ratings.
when compleated in 1963 she had the standard leander armament consising of a twin 4.5"gun turret,anti-submarine mortars,helicopter launched antie-submarine torpedoes & two 40mm bofors guns.
in 1966 she beacame a trials ship.
during her 1972 refit she was again modified to become the trials platform for the seawolf missle system,firing trials started in 1976 & complete at the end of 1977.

pre refit picture





we spent most of our time between plymouth and fishguard wales as that was where the navy firing range was,but we also went to tenby liverpool newcastle (where i got stabbed in the thumb still got the mark) rouon gibraltar skye antwerp brenam rotterdam jersey the mull of kintyre rothsey .


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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:47 am

madmark wrote: I'm waiting for the worlds most famous......
give me time

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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:49 am

during aug 76 we were guard ship for the queen on her tour of scottish islands


far right the queen & im where the F is



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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:52 am

hms penelope we also had the puppet which was presented to the ship





and the zippo lighter which ive still got


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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:54 am

me in newcastle



and the ship in devonport plymouth






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Post  madmark on Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:57 am

Excellent stuff Sir!

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Post  Ma! on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:00 am

Quality gold, love it Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:00 am

seawolf missle








loved my time on there & also loved my time in plymouth had some fantasic nights out there saw some great bands sex pistols x 2 the clash x 2,alex harvey band,the troggs,frankie miller,but missed about 6 times whilst i was away some band called ac/dc Crying or Very sad

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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:01 am

madmark wrote:Excellent stuff Sir!
thank you

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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:01 am

Ma! wrote:Quality gold, love it Very Happy Very Happy
thankyou

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Post  Ma! on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:05 am

friedalive wrote:seawolf missle





Wow Shocked

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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:14 am

left penelope left the navy sept 77 really enjoyed it,herd in 82 that blake was being broken up heres 2 pics i found Sad Sad Sad






how sad.

next i herd of penelope she went in again in for refit & she was in the falklands war in 82 she was the last ship to be fired on but came home intacked,

the 80s penelope





in the late 80s she was sold to the Ecuadorian Navy & was decommissioned on 19 March 2008, after 17 years in the Ecuadorian Navy.shes now awaiting the scrapyard Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad

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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:17 am

Ma! wrote:
friedalive wrote:seawolf missle





Wow Shocked
we were allowed to go up on deck everytime it was fired,the target was being towed by a plane,once it hit a 4.5 gun shell Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked ,we used this missle system alot in the falklands war

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Post  madmark on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:20 am

At least you've got some cracking memories and more importantly pictures to remind you of the good times...
Now Captain , about that famous person........ Question

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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:23 am

madmark wrote:At least you've got some cracking memories and more importantly pictures to remind you of the good times...
Now Captain , about that famous person........ Question
the queen lol! ,and ive kept all my cap tallys

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Post  Crad on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:25 am

friedalive wrote:march 75 till september 77 i joined hms penelope leander class frigate based in plymouth my time onboard her she was a trials ship for the seawolf missle system the forward 4.5 gun was taken off so was the wasp helecopter she was laid down in 1961 as hms coventry a type 12 frigate,but during building the plans were changed to a leander class & she was renamed penelope.
she was launched in 1962.
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in 1966 she beacame a trials ship.
during her 1972 refit she was again modified to become the trials platform for the seawolf missle system,firing trials started in 1976 & complete at the end of 1977.

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we spent most of our time between plymouth and fishguard wales as that was where the navy firing range was,but we also went to tenby liverpool newcastle (where i got stabbed in the thumb still got the mark) rouon gibraltar skye antwerp brenam rotterdam jersey the mull of kintyre rothsey .

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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:37 am

cheers cheers cheers cheers

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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:40 am

just found this forgot i had it,got it off ebay yrs ago it went on the 6"gun of my 1st ship if i remember rightly it only cost me £20,i get all my old ships pics off ebay never payed more than £5 for a picture


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Post  Crad on Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:51 am

That's Awesome mate some nice memrobilia Very Happy

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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:03 am

Crad wrote:That's Awesome mate some nice memrobilia Very Happy
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Post  TONYSOUTH on Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:51 am

Captain, excellent stuff, thanks for sharing Very Happy


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Post  friedalive on Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:53 am

TONYSOUTH wrote:Captain, excellent stuff, thanks for sharing Very Happy

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Post  Strutter on Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:18 am

Fantastic!
Thanks Captain Very Happy

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