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Photographs and paintings of Royal Navy warships, establishments and their ships company, including mementoes of the crew who sailed in them. Also photographs and paintings with details of foreign warships.

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A brief log of David Axford's career in the Royal Navy during the "swinging sixties" (they were quite literally 'rocking and rolling' at times during the many stormy seas) onboard the warships I served.

Some of my experiences involved:

  • climbing up Ganges mast, approximately 130 feet high (without any safety harness - so just as well I had little fear of heights back then) to climbing the mast of Fearless, only this time internally;

  • sleeping in a comfortable hammock for the first five years to eventually having the luxury of my own bunk;

  • keeping watch on an open-air bridge with the discomfort of cold, wet and occasionally the noise of 'A' and 'B' 4.5" guns forward, offset by being able to sunbathe whilst working in warmer climes;

  • down the mess cooler fresh air provided by wind scoops (which occasionally scooped in the sea instead!) to real air-conditioning;

  • from having to set-up the messdeck ready to watch a film, to the luxury of just switching on the TV in the mess onboard my last ship.

Life may of been generally very hard in the Royal Navy, encountering one extreme to another - but it was never dull!

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List of shipmates who served in HMS Cassandra during any one of her commissions and are now part of the Cassandra Association. Did you ever serve in HMS Cassandra? If so come and join us. We have a reunion once a year where we all get together and thoroughly enjoy ourselves.

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HMS Bronington is one of the few remaining wooden minesweepers that has not ended up being scrapped. A couple of other preserved "Tons" have been purchased and are being used as static Sea Cadet training vessels. These ships were built between 1953 and 1960 - a total of 118 "Ton" class were built, named after villages and hamlets in the UK; 116 for the Royal Navy and 2 for the South African Navy. Some of these minesweepers were converted to minehunters and others as patrol ships.

There used to be a saying "wooden ships and iron men". Conditions were very cramped and difficult at times but this only meant that the sailors would work and play harder as well as learn how to improvise; this made for a united friendly atmosphere onboard these great little ships, that weren't found in any other that I ever experienced.

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Links to other good naval web-sites from around the world.



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Jack's ditties (Salty Sea Stories). 



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Enter inside the 'Slop Shop' Mall and you'll find detailed lists of many hundreds of naval books and videos for you to choose from. As well, you'll see details of where to purchase naval memorabilia; from affordable wall shields, badges, cap tallies, crystal glasses, ties, jumpers, sweatshirts, polo shirts, pilot shirts, ship photographs and much more. Come in and browse for as long as you like.

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Photographs of the Chinese warships
visit to Pompey
30th September 2001

Rimbaud meets Rambo on the eve of battle

Ben Macintyre

Gulf War 2003


HM Armed Forces Pension Group

Latest News

Bill Pollington wrote the following update in the April 2004 edition of 'Ton Talk', the newsletter of the Ton Class Association:
"Those readers with an interest in this group will know that its objective is to recover compensation for people who served less than 22 pensionable years in the Army, Navy or Royal Air Force during the period 1949 to 1975; after which the rules were changed to allow shorter lengths of service to qualify for a preserved pension.
Legal action has progressed slowly, as is generally the way with litigation, such that the AGM held on 1 July 2003 ended in some disarray resulting in its adjournment following a small majority in a vote to dissolve the AFPG and discontinue the action. Subsequently the validity of the ballot was questioned and the advice of counsel sought. The ballot did not meet the tests for validity and subsequently the AGM was reconvened on 11 February 2004.
In summary, the resolutions passed at that meeting will result in the formation of a company limited by guarantee to take the action forward, the closure of the AFPG and a further financial contribution by those who wish to continue with the action by becoming subscribers to the new company. To date the legal argument has been heard in the High Court and the Court of Appeal where it was unsuccessful. The group's legal advisers are now awaiting a response from the House of Lords to our petition for leave to their Lordships with regard to the Court of Appeal decision of November 2003. Until such time as this response is received we will no know whether our next step will be to appeal to the House of Lords or take our case to the European Court of Human Rights. We are obliged to exhaust the English court remedies before moving to European courts.
Don't spend it yet! Watch this space."

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A memorial to destroyers
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