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H.M.S. SURPRISE at 1953 Coronation Review.

Many thanks to Jeff Eastwood for info.

from an old photo- no details .

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This is HMS Surprise , a converted Loch/Bay class frigate serving as Royal Yacht during the 1953 Coronation Review . Squint and you might see HM in the viewing box where B turret would normally go ...
 

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Thanks for the info Jeff especially placing the event.I do believe I can see HM smile! (Thumb)
 

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Thanks for the photo, scorcher

I served onboard her for a Med Fleet tour of Turkish and Greek ports in '59. She carried the flag of CinC Med for the tour.
 

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Monday 15th June 1953 -the last review to feature an RN battleship - Vanguard, next to Vanguard in row F were six carriers : Eagle, Indomitable, Implacable, Indefatigable, Ilustrious and Theseus, there were also 8 cruisers : row E Glasgow, Gambia, Swiftsure, Sheffield, Superb, Devonshire Row D - Dido and Cleopatra, the ship behind Surprise is the Swiftsure - No3 ship in Row E.
Now thats when we had a navy ! as well as the above there were flotillas of destroyers and smaller warships.
 

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Steve I was born and bred in London and our family used to visit the IOW
for our holidays each year in August.Sadly we missed that spectacle.
Kgvm placed an anchorage list on another photo and I was amazed to see how many vessels were present.I remember seeing the Vanguard in Portsmouth
harbour in the early 50s.Never forgot the sight.
I was surprised to see the Russian SVERDLOV present.!!!. At the height of the cold war.

I notice that several vessels were scrapped soon afterwards.
 

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Thats quite true on the scrapping shortly afterwards, quite a few ships were tarted up, towed out and used for the review only to be scrapped.
Svedlov was in row G which was headed by the USS Baltimore, I always wondered in the French cruiser Montcalm was placed in between the Baltimore and Svedlov to keep the two apart.
Its still amazing how many ships were actually there. F line, the main line had 37 ships in it , two other rows had 40 ships each and the grand total was 321 ships plus sundry other yard craft representing everything from coasters,tankers and passenger liners and the Gay class MTB's to a battleship - must have been a truly impressive sight
 

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"the French cruiser Montcalm was placed in between the Baltimore and Svedlov to keep the two apart."That made me chuckle..but it sounds credible. I do remember the Buster Crabbe
incident but can"t remember if it was before or after?
 

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Surprise' normal role was as C in C Mediterranean's yacht (oops, despatch vessel).

Perseus was also in the Review line (with me as a schoolboy on board). Easily recognisable in photos as she had a scaffolding seating terrace on her flight deck.

Crabbe's dive on the Ordzhonokidze was later.
 

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