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as the caption says, the picture was taken at rosyth in 74. i dont know which leander is in the picture but i can see the nato flag which must surely mean the stanavforlant squadron. the only thing i can say for certain is that its not leander as she had been converted to ikara by 74. the said it still leaves a choice of 25 others. anybody know which leander?

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Sirius was with STANAVFORLANT in 1974. Good candidate?

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sounds like a good candidate to me don. the other thing that i had'nt noticed before is the us ship seems to be flying the white ensign from her mast. was this usual?, i dont recall any other ships flying the ensign when we were in STANAVFORLANT on bacchante in1980.

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DD941 'USS Du Pont' Forrest Sherman, launched 11 May 1955, Bath Iron Works, Maine. Received Anti Submarine Warfare Modification sometime between 1967 and 1971 (Boston Naval Yard) which fitted 2 x triple MK32 torpedo tubes (fore and aft), ASROC (Anti Submarine Rocket) in place of aft gun mounts and a VDS, variable depth Sonar on the stern.
Asroc was a preprogrammed solid fuel rocket that propelled a MK44, Mk 46 torpedo, or Nuclear Depth Bomb to a splash point in the ocean determined by the ships active sonar.
There's a classic Sunday afternoon picture 'The Bedford Incident' where one is used. "An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined. Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub in the depths and the captain begins a relentless pursuit, pushing his crew to the breaking point." Classic line from the film:
"Well Mr Munceford, if they fire one, we'll fire one"
XO "Fire One, Aye Sir" and hits the big red button....
(Cue - exchange of buckets of sunshine)
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brings to mind the day we entered quebec with stanavforlant, a cold and wet day and the us commander ordered all ships to enter harbour in full whites at procedure alpha. this was not a popular decision with the jimmy, he wasnt best pleased with the whitener from our shoes running across his decks.

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that would certainly explain all the bunting but would the nato squadron be involved in navy days?

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have come across two pictures that i think were taken at the same time will put them on alex
 

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