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RFA TIDEREACH (centre), a British Fleet Auxiliary, simultaneously refuels the British frigate HMS YARMOUTH, the New Zealand cruiser HMNZS ROYALIST (right) and the British cruiser HMS BELFAST (background) off North Borneo in the South China Sea.
The vessels were preparing for PONY EXPRESS, the largest every exercise of the South East AsIa Treaty Organisation (SEATO), under the joint sponsorship of the United States and Britain. Other participating in the six-nation effort were Australia, the Philippine and Thailand
· Date: Mon, 16 September 19 · Views: 221
· Filesize: 34.2kb, 87.2kb · Dimensions: 1023 x 682 ·
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Keywords: RFA TIDEREACH
Source of Image, If not your own: ©MOD-Print in Own Collection
Location photo was taken: South China Sea
Date photo was taken: 1961
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dab
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Mon, 16 September 19 14:56

Conditions look perfect but it would appear that the RAS seems to be taking place at at a slower speed than the normal 10-12 knots. Maybe someone has a view to the contrary.
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OLD STRAWBERRY

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Tue, 17 September 19 03:17

I was in "Tidereach twice but alas not Far east. My First Ship April 1958. Hebburn-On-Tyne. She had a Black Hull when I first Joined.

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REGARDS.TONY. (OLD STRAWBS.)(DISCHARGE BOOK No R691311) CAREER (1956-1958) T S ARETHUSA(215, QDST, 21 MESS)/ (1958-1963)/ RFA/ (1964-1965) AUWE / (1965/1973) SHORESIDE/ (1973-1995)PAS/RMAS (PORTLAND NAVAL BASE)/ (1996-2002) RFA/ (2002-2005) HMP WEARE.
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ThomasJohn
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Tue, 17 September 19 21:41

Agree dab. Perhaps a more sedate pace due to the stern RAS with BELFAST. I didnít witness many stern replenishments (undertaken during work up usually or on Beira patrol) but they were always a slow affair.
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dab
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Wed, 18 September 19 17:46

Thanks TJ, I have to admit I did not look closely enough to realise a stern RAS was taking place! Thank you for that but when age limits one's ability to offer comments as to the above maybe it is time to just read and reflect! On reflection it is not an age thing but a state of mind. Maybe that says it all!
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ThomasJohn
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Thu, 19 September 19 00:35

Time marches on for us all dab. It hit me some 20 years ago when I realised all the ships I served on were no longer !! Sunk as dive wrecks or as targets or simply just scrap metal in Turkey or India. Sad but inevitable.
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