i was on the torquay 72/73, our leader then was undaunted. your comment begs the question as to why apollo, a perfectly good leander was in the portland squadron. she could only have been 4/5 years old in 76.
Hi Jack Dusty
'Aurora' was first commissioned in April 1964 and was employed straight away as Captain F2 (Portland Squadron Leader). When I joined her in '65 we never sailed with any ships of the Squadron and spent most of our time exercising the 'Wasp' - I think we lost count of the hours we were at flying stations.
On one occasion we spent best part of a week just bouncing around in some appalling weather up and down the channel - the story went round that we could have gone back in but the Skipper thought it would be ideal experience for us to work the ship in some real Harry Roughers as we were leader!
in my humble opinion the leanders were to good a ship to be dumped into the portland squadron as trials ships. we had penelope in the squadron when i was on torquay. another good leander wasted. i must admit to being bias towards leanders,iserved on two of them and they were good ships to be on.
I suppose trials were very much an on-going thing so the use of the 'Leanders' in that role would be a natural progression. Your bias towards the Leanders has given me food for thought because I could not honestly say which gave me the most pleasure, serving in a Leander or a Type 14 - totally different in their own ways but equally as enjoyable!
the only experiance i had on a type 14 was getting socially confused with an oppo on hardy. the beer on a type 14 tasted the same as that on a leander. i enjoyed my time on ashanti as well but it was tinged with sadness because of the fire, although i was'nt on her at that time. we only took her through the refit and sea trials.
Very nicely put JD - getting socially confused!
I recall 'Ashanti' coming into Guzz when she was brand new - I think her crew were tickled pink with her name as I can remember on one occasion a group of us from the 'Forth' wandering back through the Dockyard with a group of her crew (I think we were all socially confused) and joining in their rendition of "It's only a shanty in old shanty town". Don't think we knew the words but the four part harmony must have been wonderful to hear!
Ah the joys of youth!!!!
I was on the Dundas come Hardy,early 70s. Portland Squadron. We took the Dundas to Gib for refit and brought the Hardy out. some good times. After a day training ASW ratings (Not I. Stoker Boy me) the Bridge would ring on 180 Revs and set course for harbour. When he took a bearing to check where we were, only to find that we appeared to be going faster that calculated. We stoker boys were sometimes dyslectic and saw 210 as 180 rpm.