The above photograph was kindly donated by Johann van Blerck.During the early 1970's we painted the hull and superstructure of HMS Londonderry in Simonstown and I was given this picture of her before the extra mast additions.
At the time I working as a spray painter at my father's (Lt Cdr Vic van Blerck Retd.) Marine Maintenance business (VG van Blerck (Pty) Ltd).
Johann van Blerck
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Just found a photo online from V and A museum in London which shows what I believe to be an AB gunner posing on the bridge roof with some models sometime in the 60's or possibly early 70's. Any ideas when the Londonderry was actually in London for this and who the AB gunner might be?
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Kit Layman CB, DSO, LVO joined the Royal Navy in 1956, and served for 35 years in many parts of the world, including the waters around Patagonia where the Wager was wrecked. He commanded five ships of different sizes, from a minehunter based in Hong Kong to the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible. In 1982 he was commanding HMS Argonaut and the Seventh Frigate Squadron in the Falklands war, when his ship suffered damage and casualties but came home safely. As a Rear Admiral he spent a happy time as Commander British Forces Falkland Islands when he was able to study the old settlement founded by Commodore Byron in 1765. His last appointment was at NATO Headquarters for three interesting years, during which time the Soviet Union and its empire collapsed. On retirement he worked for various companies and charities and his local Community Council, was appointed Gentleman Usher of the Green Rod (an Officer of the Order of the Thistle), and has published two other books, The Falklands And The Dwarf: The Cruise Of HMS Dwarf In The Falkland Islands 1881-1882 and Man of Letters: Early Life and Love Letters of Robert Chambers.
Admiral Gatacre was the father of our own Aussie Navigation Officer Lieutenant Rod Gatacre R.A.N. who took us around the world on such a memorable commission.
This video is historically interesting to all ex - RN personnel.
Britain, under Harold (The pipe and duffel coat) Wilson, as Prime Minister refused to join the Vietnam War. However, in this video the British RFA TIDEPOOL is seen fuelling and storing HMAS SYDNEY as she transports troops and stores to Vietnam
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Subject: HMS Londonderry Crew Member? I am not sure if you can assist me in my quest but here goes. My cousin a few years ago purchased an old sailors hat with the name HMS Londonderry on the band and a name Starbuck printed inside.
Do you know anyone who could find out anything about this for me - if anyone was interested my cousin would be only too happy for give it to them. I live in New Zealand so not sure if this makes things difficult. We would both be interested in its history and have always wondered why it ended up here in NZ. Look forward to your reply Ms Bev Bowden
The National Archives has kindly given permission for copies of the HMS Londonderry
deck logs covering the Bianca C incident to be displayed on the website and can be seen at:
They are not for reproduction or commercial use without their permission.
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The tankard has the engraved ships crest and beneath - Presented by J Samuel White & Co Ltd. on the occasion of commissioning HMS Londonderry on the 20th July 1960. On the other side it has the names engraved of her six captains: Cdr I.S. Primrose 1960 - 1962, Cdr D.E.P. George 1962 - 1964, Cdr W.J. Soames 1964 - 1966, Cdr N.A.B. Anson 1966 - 1967, Cdr M.T. Prest 1969 - 1971, Cdr T.D.A. Thomas 1971 - 1972.