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HMS Londonderry
1st Commission
1960 - 1962

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2nd Home Waters Cruise

2nd Home Cruise Chart
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Place Arrived Departed
Portsmouth   18th Jan 1961
Londonderry 20th Jan 1961 24th Jan 1961
North Atlantic 24th Jan 1961 16th Feb 1961
New York 16th Feb 1961 20th Feb 1961
Portsmouth 28th Feb 1961 6th Mar 1961
Devonport 7th Mar 1961 11th Mar 1961
Brest 12th Mar 1961 14th Mar 1961
Brest 18th Mar 1961 20th Mar 1961
Exercise Dawn Breeze VI 20th Mar 1961 24th Mar 1961
Portsmouth 24th Mar 1961  

Pipe Sergeant-Major Ward. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Pipe Sergeant-Major Ward
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

On the 18th January 1961 we sailed Portsmouth for our much looked forward to visit to our "Home" city.
At Moville we picked up the drums and pipes of the Royal Inniskilling Fusilers with whom the ship was affiliated and a BBC television camera and sound crew. We arrived alongside in Derry to the accompaniment of the skirl of the pipes after a foggy passage up the Foyle.
A wonderful time was had by all with a terrific dance in the Guildhall, visits to shirt factories and games of soccer, rugby, hockey and .22 shooting.
January 24th saw us leaving Londonderry for cold weather trials in the Davis Straits acting as plane guard and escort to HMS Ark Royal with RFA Tidesurge.

Arctic RAS

Poor visibility prevented us seeing the New York skyline when we arrived but Pipe Sergeant Major Ward made sure they heard us, piping us up the Hudson river to Pier 90 where the trans-atlantic Cunard liners Queen Mary and Elizabeth also berth. New York never sleeps and neither did most of the ships company in order to make the most of our visit to one of the worlds greatest cities.

New York 1961

Our four days visit was soon over and we once more headed home to Portsmouth and then a dry docking in Devonport to repair part of our underwater equipment before sailing to Brest and the NATO exercise Dawnbreeze VI with French, German and Netherlands warships.
Brest


Back to Portsmouth to store ship and give leave to both watches
before departing on the "foreign" leg of the commission.
West Indies, here we come.


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