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Eagle and Ness class

An unusual image from Devonport of one of the Ness Class stores ships passing the laid-up Eagle in 1974.
image supplied by mr Trevor Rickard.
possibly Tarbatness or Stromness as this vessel lacks the black painted aft rig tops of Lyness.

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Just beyond Eagle, is South Yard, with Torpoint on the left. This photo was actually taken form in or near Mt Edge***be, note that the Frigate complex doesn't appear to have beeen completed at this time.
Tarbatness seldom visited Devonport, so it may well be Stromness. I wonder if Ark Royal was following her in, given it is near high tide?
 

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Summer 1974 I should say, the frigate complex 'towers' are built and the place opened in 1976 from memory
 

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TARBATNESS was deployed away from the UK until Oct/Nov 1974 when we returned to Portsmouth. Must be STROMNESS based on the above assumptions.
 

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thanks fg for the memories cracking pic..... stromness i was transferred to her from fort austin which was at the time in san carlos, having been picked up by helo in the water when coventry sank, she was decked out in hundreds of three high beds having taken troops from the uk to south georgia during the falklands war 82 so have fond memories of stromness, im guessing the frigate refit complex is not used to its full capacity these days, can remember type 21s/ 22s and seawolf leanders being stripped down to the bones inside those sheds... the future for devonport is quite bleak i believe
 

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WD, I hate to hear you say that. I grew up within the sound of the dockyard siren, and my parents were married in the Dockyard chapel.
I remember watching the Frigate complex being built, and think that it, the submarine complex would be hard to replace.
Rosyth, Portsmouth. Nice drafts I'm sure. But Guzz has all this and more. Guzz is and deserves to be a major asset.Saly, at the rate the politicians are going, Poole will be be the major dockyard of England.
 

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Not Poole, we've got enough problems with space as it is!!!...try Portland, ready and waiting and going by recent years seems the RN/RFA are creeping slowly back up channel anyway.
 

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Great photo of an era long gone. There is some lovely countryside around those parts.
Mick S
 

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Nicknz, i think Ark might already be at her berth, there is a carrier up there, it looks big enough to be Ark (just aft of Forth)
 

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