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Old 2nd December 2005, 18:28
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HMS Sabre

Fast Patrol Boat HMS SABRE (P275) seen at Portland.
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Old 2nd December 2005, 19:39
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These boats were completely unarmed. They were used at Portland to simulate fast patrol boat attacks on RN major warships. Always seemed to me to be a bit of a farce. The German Navy sent real Fast Attack Craft armed with Excocet and OTO Melara 76 mm Guns to train at Portland.

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Old 1st November 2006, 21:03
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I remeber when SABRE took off her bows in 81 when she hit ALDERNEY breakwater in the fog.
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Old 7th February 2007, 19:15
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http://www.bmpt.org.uk/boats%20f...t%20Vessel.pdf
link to HMS Sabre today
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Old 8th February 2007, 06:59
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HMS Sabre and Cutlass at Portland in about 1976, I think Scimitar had gone to Hong Kong to help with the problems with the Boat People.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...h/HMSSabre.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...HMSCutlass.jpg
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Old 8th February 2007, 07:44
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Lovely pictures Neill!
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Old 9th February 2007, 05:57
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Thanks Wigger, as you can see they have ID letters, SA for Sabre and CT for Cutlass, any ideas what Scimitars letters were or did she have any???? By the way the RFA in the background was Olna.
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Old 9th February 2007, 07:33
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Not sure about the ID letters on Scimitar, I have found an overhead picture in an old 70's reference book, the caption is HMS Scimitar but the code is clearly SA (no pennant number visible), that doesn't make much sense does it? I reckon Scimitar's code was SC but I'm sure somebody can confirm that. The RFA looks like the Tidespring or Tidepool though with the funnel extentions?

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Old 9th February 2007, 08:55
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I know I have a picture of the Olna, but the brain cells are a bit slow these days. However in my old log book there was a Wessex HU.5 helo on Portland airfield with the code TP/347 which was Tidepool Flight.
I am not sue about SC as Scimitars code/deck letters because SC was used by HMS Scylla at the time and ST was Stromness.
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Old 9th February 2007, 10:51
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Just found a picture of Scimitar on www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk. There is a nice shot of the trio with Scimitar closest to the camera. It certainly looks like SC. I guess the code could be used on more than one ship? Not much chance of confusing them visually!

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Old 10th February 2007, 06:50
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Yes definate ID on "SC", not much difference between her and a Leander!!!
Mant thanks for that Wigger
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Old 19th November 2008, 13:04
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I served in HMS Sabre for a couple of months in late 1979. She wasn't completely unarmed - she had mounts for a GPMG on each bridge wing, and we had an AB gunner ex Royal Yacht who loved to use his toys!
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Old 19th November 2008, 15:12
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I was part of the crew that manned her when she was towed stern first from Portland to Portsmouth after her 'bump'
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Old 19th November 2008, 15:26
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Hello Sabre Snotty,
I think the ex Royal Yachty was Ray Scott. He currently works, or maybe worked, (I left last year, and have heard since there is to be a clear out of QM's, the rank at which he was signed on), on the ferries at Dover.
Sailed with Ray for a number of years, and he spoke happily of his time on the Sabre.
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Old 19th November 2008, 16:22
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That makes sense - he'd have been about 12-15 years older than me, I'd guess. He was quite stocky, fair-ish complexion, fairish hair as a I recall. Somewhere I must have some pictures of my time in her.
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Old 5th April 2009, 21:28
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Hi Fred, they were a magic draft mate, great fun and anyway what did we need excocet for in peacetime.


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These boats were completely unarmed. They were used at Portland to simulate fast patrol boat attacks on RN major warships. Always seemed to me to be a bit of a farce. The German Navy sent real Fast Attack Craft armed with Excocet and OTO Melara 76 mm Guns to train at Portland.

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Old 9th July 2009, 11:50
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I remember an RN poster showing one of these boats at speed. A spectacular picture. I could have gots loads in my Sea Cadet days, but unable to find one now.

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Old 6th October 2009, 16:02
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Hi Enri
I am the ex yachty who served on HMS Sabre, and are still working on the ferries down in Dover. Trying to work out who I would know you as.
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Old 6th October 2009, 16:04
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Hi yes I still have fairish hair and still stocky, we must have served on Sabre together and trying to work out who you are too.
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Old 6th October 2009, 17:08
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not too disimilar in profile to the sabre today, still tasked being a patrol boat, nice pic too.
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HMS Sabre refitted in a German boatyard 2006... Diesels now- Not Proteus

http://www.bmpt.org.uk/other_boats_h...lass/index.htm
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Old 22nd September 2010, 15:06
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Ooops!... Missed the old post giving the same link to the refurbished Sabre.
As a further point - An old oppo of mine was Bob Gatland who I am informed was Chief of the boat on Scimitar & accompanied her to HK in the late seventies.
I lost contact with Bob, but have recently become re aquainted with his widow.
For anyone who knew him, Bob sadly passed away over six years ago.
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Old 22nd October 2010, 21:46
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Thanks Wigger, as you can see they have ID letters, SA for Sabre and CT for Cutlass, any ideas what Scimitars letters were or did she have any???? By the way the RFA in the background was Olna.
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Scimitar had the letters SC, IT WAS SAID THAT CUTLASS WAS THE FASTEST OF THE THREE BOATS AND FLAT OUT WE COULD DO 46 KNOTS. PATRICK STAPPLETON
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Old 22nd October 2010, 21:47
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Scimitar had the letters SC. It was said that the Scimitar was the fastest. we could do 46 knots flat out. patrick stappleton
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Old 22nd October 2010, 21:50
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HMS Sabre refitted in a German boatyard 2006... Diesels now- Not Proteus

http://www.bmpt.org.uk/other_boats_h...lass/index.htm
cant believe what they have done to her. I helped strip the grey paint off her with gallons of paint stripper in 1975 at Gosport patrick stappleton
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