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HMS Leopards Second commission
6th December 1960 to 22nd November 1962
Including Ships Company list
The following is an abstract from that commissions commissioning book, sadly dates of events and places visited was not included
“THIS IS YOUR LIFE” or “TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST” – AND BEHIND IT!
It began really with the WORK-UP. Time passed quickly during the work-up and much has been omitted in this account. This is generally agreed to be all to the good.
Arriving at Portland after the SHAKE-DOWN, we commenced the SHAKE-UP, followed by the CRACK-DOWN, and then the WORK-UP. Seven weeks, twenty nervous breakdowns and a general feeling of nausea later we were put to the test in our passing-out exercise, by name “HALLMARK”- we passed out. Taking our sad farewell from Portland, F.O.S.T, his staff and the whole festering issue at 1312 GMT we gently edged away to the east at 23 knots (max. on eight engines) on the 9th March.
Then came leave. Ten days glorious G.S.L – or was it sick leave?
“….first it’s paint the b*****d for Christmas, then it’s paint the b*****d for Portland- I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they recall me from retirement to paint the b*****d when she pays off.”
4th April 1961, after a fortnight in dry-dock, and a week in the stream furiously painting ourselves overall we sailed for the South Atlantic and South American Station with our first port of call Gibraltar.
Of Gib. let us remember two things. Firstly, it is considered an illegal method to come inboard via the the headrope, and if you are “shot away” at the time you may find this method quite difficult. Secondly ” Media Media” and Malagar are very different types of booze to draught Bass-were glad to say.
Next came Bathurst (West Africa), glorious and cosmopolitan Bathurst. One of the attractions here was the organised crocodile hunt. Unfortunately the hunters didn’t find any crocodiles so anything which moved in, on or around the River Gambia went in peril of life and limb.
We left Bathurst and rendezvoused with HMS Bermuda and our sister ship LYNX ( who we were relieving on station) and made a grand entry into Freetown. Here we joined Canadian and American naval units to witness history in the making. During our stay we saw the end of Sierra Leone as a colony and the birth of an Independent State within the Commonwealth. Of course we all entered into the spirit of the thing and celebrated the affair with great enthusiasm.
On down the coast for a flying visit to Abidjan to pick up the CinC of the SA&SA Station together with his wife for passage to Luanda and the Cape respectively.
Then there was Tema. Tema with it’s surf beaches and nearby Accra, with it’s African versions of Western night life. Can anyone forget the organised “Grippo Run” to the N.C.O’s Club of the “All Black Sappers”? That particular vile “White Rum” with the ultra respectable label on the bottle? “High Life” and variations as performed by our white suited, inebriated would be Fred Astaires?
On the more serious side we took the local service big brass, sevicemen and some politicians to sea for the day. We wer to show them a mock submarine attack with live mortar (Squid) firings. Eventually we did manage to get two bombs away- much to the delight of the representative body from the “Scows, Dhows and Dugouts” division of the Ghana Navy. All was not quite as it should have been on that terrible day.(Squid pic from Brian Waltham)
Lagos was next on our visiting list. Here we met that nice man, the U.K High Commissioner; that was quite a nice cocktail party he threw for us. One small point though, when a steward offers you a cigarette from a silver cigarette box on a silver tray- you are not supposed to take the box as well! It was during this cocktail party that our berthing wires were sheared by the gentleman giving his impression of Stirling Moss driving a cargo boat.
Next port of call was Luanda. This Portuguese Colony was having troubles. the visit went smoothly in spite of the tension and large numbers of armed patrols in the town. It was generally a quiet run due, not only to the political situation, but also to the high cost of living. The only casualties were in the *House of Commons where the “Battle Royal” had raged concerning our visit, however we had reached the Cape by the time the Honourable Members had reached a complete disagreement on whether or not we should visit Luanda.
Coinciding with our arrival at Simonstown, South Africa was due to become a Republic on 31st May, and there were threats of national strikes and large scale demonstration.
The S.A.N and the Army were being brought up to strength very rapidly and deployed to counteract any acts of “civil disobedience”, but as all of this had no effect on the all-time best price of one shilling (5p) per very large tot of brandy and “DARYLS”, “CATS” and the “NAVIGATORS DEN” were open for business as usual, we were not particularly disturbed. Independence came and went and still brandy was one shilling per tot.
After an official visit to Capetown, during which the whole crew were invited to a special showing of the film “The Bulldog Breed” and a “Grand Dance” presided over by the Lady Mayor, we sailed for the island of St Helena.
St Helena & Dependencies
St Helena is a lone mid-Atlantic island, a mere 47 square miles in size, situated at Lat. 15º 55’ S and Long. 5º 45’ W., 1200 miles west of Angola, its nearest mainland. The island’s capital and only town is Jamestown, with a population of 1,302, out of a total population of 5,644. There is as yet no airport.
St Helena was discovered by the Portuguese in 1502 and has been a British colony since it was first settled by the East India Company in 1659. It was home to the exiled Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte from 1815 until his death in 1821. In 1834, the island became a Crown Colony and is still a British Overseas Territory.
Ascension Island, 700 miles to the north west of St Helena, and Tristan da Cunha, 1200 miles to the south west, were occupied in 1815 and 1816. Ascension Island’s capital is Georgetown and the island has a total population of 1,122. Tristan da Cunha has a population of 284.
Under the provisions of the 2002 British Overseas Territories Act, the people of St Helena and Dependencies have finally been granted the right to full British citizenship and once again enjoy a right of abode in the United Kingdom.
Many thanks to Dr Alexander Schulenburg of The St Helena Institute, permission to copy this article. www.st-helena.org
We were to bring back to Capetown a body of legal gentlemen who had been deciding the fate of some perhaps not-so-legal gentlemen, who though natives of Bahrein, had been taking a little holiday at the British taxpayers expense on that delightful ex-prison island of St Helena. ( those very Bahreinies have since received compensation for wrongful imprisonment to the tune of £45,000 from the British Government)
The islanders entertained us with enthusiasm laying on a dance which rose from doubtful beginnings to the heights of dizzy success-mainly due to the amounts of alcohol consumed.
During the stay our S.O, Lt Godfrey, was seriously injured in a car smash and we had to return to the Cape leaving him and our Medical Officer on St Helena.
The boredom of the sea passage back to the Cape was relieved by the quizzes in which our “legal” passengers gave us great entertainment. it is said that their stay onboard influenced matters at the Captains Table?
When we arrived back in Simonstown work began on stripping down the engines and general maintenance. Just about when the “Black Watch” had all the bits and pieces strewn all over the jetty and everyone was preparing to go on weekend we were told we would be making a mercy dash back to St Helena with a South African Neuro-Surgeon and a nurse in order to help the S.O.
The engineering department began heaving all the bits a pieces inboard again and fitting them into place. They were, to their everlasting credit, still putting odd pieces in when we steamed at all despatch to St Helena.
The much maligned Communications department helped a little here by putting the Neuro-Surgeon in voice contact with the doctor ashore in St Helena whilst we were still over 1,200 miles away so that they could discuss the S.O’s condition and take suitable action.
All ended well. We returned to Simonstown and the S.O and his wife, who had been given a compassionate passage to St Helena by the fastest possible means in the interim period, were put ashore amid camera flashes of the National and local South African newspapers.
Now came a period of frenzied activity in order to get the ship ready for the East Coast cruise. During this cruise we were to fly the flag of the CinC SA&SA once more ( obviously another jolly for this under-worked, over-staffed Admiral. On Leopards first commission at the Cape he had a nice jolly around the Seychelles).
East Coast & Tristan da Cunha
Our first port of call on this part of the cruise was to be Port Elizabeth . Here many of our number visited the ADDO game reserve to shoot “big game”- with camera’s of course. There was a complaint that the animals were so used to being photographed that they struck poses making the whole thing look so unnatural.
Next it’s East London and it was here that saw our motor racing enthusiasts at the local races.. This, together with the dances organised by the South African equivalant of the UK’s RNVR, ensured that a good time was had by all.
On to Durban to be greeted traditionally by the “Lady in White” singing to us from the jetty. Here we would like to pass on a little information to a couple of “ANON” ratings. The reason they had a large stretch of beach to themselves, whilst hundreds of people were crowded on a much smaller stretch, was that the people were using the section of beach protected by shark nets and life-savers, whilst the ratings were swimming in the “Sharks Only” part ! We were admirably entertained by the Missions to Seaman, they gave us numerous dances and extended much private hospitality.
Mombasa will be remembered largely because of the woodcarvings which were on sale in practically every shop, bar, cafe and market stall in the town. The place will also be burned deep into the memory of a member of the side party who was lowered gently into the water whilst working on a stage and the shocked into what was probably a world record shattering swim to the Med-Ladder by cries of “Shark” from the upperdeck.
Our French-speaking ratings had a chance to practice their art at our next port of call. Diego Suarez, the French Naval Base in Madagascar offered us fishing trips, swimming and sports fixtures against the French Navy. Ashore in the evenings we had some riotous times with the French foreign Legion, Army and Naval rating stationed locally.
Mauritius gave us the opportunity to meet a large contingent of our fellow countrymen who were standing by the building of a wireless station on the island. Here the RN Families Club gave us open house and many were the busloads of feted matelots who returned to the ship in the early hours of the morning. There was swimming to be had at the palm fringed beaches and wonderful scenery for those who went on organised bus trips.
At all the ports we visited we returned the hospitality extended to us by throwing open the ship to visitors. Mauritius undoubtedly took greatest advantage of our offer to come aboard and look around.
From Mauritius we returned to the Cape and Simonstown and preperations for exercise CAPEX. We also returned to what had by this time become “Home Ground”, I refer of course to the “CATS”, “DARYLS” and the “NAVI’S DEN”.
For three weeks we were busy exercising with units of the South African Navy including ships Transvaal, Good Hope Vrystaat. We had also been joined by our relief on station HMS Jaguar and the submarine Amphion, luckless target of many CAPEX anti-submarine exercises. A team of “Model Flyers” from Portland provided us with targets for our A/A shoots and one or two humorous moments.
It was during this period that someone told those SA newspaper reporters that, amongst many other wonderous things, that we could have sunk the Bismark single-handed. This news may have impressed the South Africans but not half so much as it must impressed the Admiralty who obviously had no idea of our tremendous potential. As the Russian Fleet didn’t immediately surrender we can only assume they do not read South African newspapers.
Then, as we were leaving Simonstown for yet another phase of CAPEX we received an Operational Immediate signal to return to harbour. There was volcanic activity on the small remote island of Tristan da Cunha. It meant working into the early hours of the morning loading all the usual gear peculiar to emergency relief operations and getting the ship ready for the voyage.
We sailed for Tristan da Cunha at 4am on the 10th October.
During our passage the situation changed radically. The Islanders had been taken off Tristan by two small fishing vessels. They had the been transfered to the Dutch Liner, Tjsadane, diverted from South America. We met her in the growing dusk when she was 24 hours from Tristan. There was a brief flashing of signal lamps and she disappeared in the murky dusk, carrying her bewildered refugees to Capetown.
Leopards mission was now changed. She was now to salvage valuable equipment on the island and destroy documents and equipment which could not be moved.
During the whole of the voyage to Tristan the landing operation was being planned and the various parties detailed for specific tasks.
When we arrived at the island, plans swung smoothly into operation for embarking personal belongings and valuable stores. Houses were systematiacally and carefully stripped, and salvaged articles transferred to the ship. Then came heavier gear such as generators and Met. equipment, which became our deck cargo.
There were two unpleasant tasks to perform. One was the destruction of all alcohol on the island to prevent it being a source of trouble to the master of the TRISTANIA whose crew would be using the island as a base for as long as possible. The other was the destruction of the dogs and fowl on the island. The cattle and sheep could be left to fend for themseves, but the dogs would either starve slowly or turn wild, savage the other livestock and be a danger to any subsequent attempts to land on the island. Similarly the fowl would have had a long and painful death.
Two dogs escaped. TRISTAN and CUNHA. These dogs are firm favourites on board, except perhaps with the Buffer, who claims they are too fond of walking on freshly painted decks and performing their natural functions in the wrong places, and with the owners of numerous miscellaneous articles, i.e. shoes, caps, photographs, etc., with which Cunha is very fond of supplementing his diet.
The volcano itself was an amazing sight. Even while we were there it was growing steadily. it was a single mound of hot ash and rock about 300 to 400 feet high. At irregular but frequent intervals great clouds of of sulphurous gases and smoke burst into the air. At night it was most spectacular. Red hot ash and boulders rolled and bounced down it’s sides leaving glowing scars which were visible twenty miles away.
The thirty six hours we spent off the island was in the middle of five days of fine weather; most unusual for that time of year. Had it not been fine and calm we would not have been able to land at all as there are no quays or jetties.
The beach that was used for the landings was christened “Hicks Beach” after the Captain, but as the ship was weighing anchor to leave the island the volcano gave a large belch and Hicks Beach along with the Crayfish Canning Factory was swallowed up with lava, to cheers of all on the fo’cstle. ( this event was related by Brian Waltham).
During the passage back to Capetown the ship was more like a Mississippi gambling river-boat than a warship. There was a mammoth raffle, tombola, entrance fees to cinema shows of films salvaged from the island and the “Grand Auction” of things ranging from transistor radios to long week-ends.
When we arrived at Capetown we were able to present Mr WILLIE REPETTO, the Chief Islander, with the sum of £235, together with a Leopard crest and a tattered Union Jack which had flown on the island to the end.
The islanders were resettled at Calshott near Southampton, England. HMS Leopard was made custodian of the Ensign that HMS Magpie gave to them, until such time, if ever, that the islanders return to Tristan da Cunha.
Many thanks to Brian Waltham for submission of pics of Tristan da Cunha
The following information was retrieved from Kew Public Records Office, concerning the payment to Shipwright Blount for photographs/films taken privately by him 13 October 1961 at Tristan da Cunha.
Register No.CNI.254/61 Minute Sheet No. 1
1. It will recalled that HMS Leopard was, sent to Tristan da Cunha at the time of the volcanic eruptions on the island. While the ship was engaged in clearing-up operations, a member of the crew, J.J. Blount took a 100 35mm photographs of the scene. These were forwarded to CNI by the Commanding Officer, HMS Leopard for publicity purposes.
2. CNI distributed the pictures to the Press media who were keen to obtain the shots which were not available from any other source.Enclosed are cuttings of the pictures published in the times The Daily telegraph and the Daily Express. A selection of pictures were also published in the London Illustrated News and the Sphere. Both the National geographic Society eagerly sought copies of the prints.
3. These type of pictures make excellent publicity for the royal navy and CNI is anxious that this type of individual enterprise should be encouraged were ever possible, particularly in those units where Naval Photographers are not available. He therefore proposes that Shipwright Blount should be given some tangible recognition for his efforts in form of an ex gratia payment. CNI suggests, that, in this case, a payment of £10 would be suitable reward.
4. If the proposal is approved, it would appear for the payment to be met from the £400 List for Special services under Vote 1. Head of GF 1 Branch is requested to submit for approval accordingly.
Chief of Naval Information
By Nobby G:
My, my, weren’t they generous, I estimate that at todays rate that would equate to about £300, I bet the Times would have paid that for one photograph.
Did the Navy just give these pics away or did they sell them on?
Thanks also to John Blount for the colour pics and articles on Tristan
We head for home
Farewell to Cape of Good Hope
Hello Cape Horn
At last it was time to leave South Africa to join the Special Squadron which was being formed to show the flag in South America.
Something special was needed to give in return for the unlimited hospitality which had been extended to us during our time in South Africa. Something special was provided. Firstly there was a really excellent farewell dance at the “Rhodesia by the sea” hotel. during the evening we were entertained with a polished performance from our own guitar group the “Clippers” (of Gib. radio fame) We also had performances from quite a few other people as well!
Guests were invited aboard for the trip from Simonstown to Capetown. They were served an excellent luncheon, although there was some shortage because 420 guests arrived onboard instead of the anticipated 240. A pipe band played on “X” gundeck; so did A/b’s Mackay and Wright, and our Christmas pudding was ceremoniously stirred.
We sailed from Capetown on the 4th December leaving behind many good friends and a great deal of general goodwill.
We rendezvoused with HM Ships “Lion”(on left) and “Dunkirk”(on right) together with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker “Wave Prince”
On 10th December and in company we entered Rio de Janeiro.
Ceremonial guards were landed from each ship to represent us at the first of many wreath-laying ceremonies of which the South Americans are fond. Here also a great many “rabbits” were brought aboard; mainly trays decorated with butterfly or moth wings and jewellery–semi-precious stones being reasonably cheap in Brazil.
Excellent sight seeing trips were organised which included meals, swimming and a visit to our first South American football match in Rio’s magnificent football stadium which is the largest in the world.
Practically everyone visited the world famous Copacobana beach-if not the actual beach the seafront bars were well and truly used. Whilst at Rio we received our first Christmas mail.
On leaving Rio we exercised with units of the Brazilian Navy before proceeding to Buenos Aires where we were to spend Christmas.. Messdecks were decorated and the victualling department done us proud.
Try as we may it is difficult to get hold of anyone who can give a clear account of Christmas-still this only goes to prove it must have been a pretty good one ! Though everyone remembers our band at the carol service. The four members of Lions Royal Marine band who lived in 2 mess every time we were in port were particularly welcome that day.
On the way down the Plate we were attacked by a large swarm of insects that looked like dragonflies. They infested every ventilated compartment before blocking the ventilators completely and the upperdeck was littered with them.
Some consternation was caused by certain of our “saltier” members who elected to sail the whaler from B.A., however as they arrived in time for the New Year no harm was done.
At New Year all the Scotsmen aboard developed even broader accents than usual as they banded together to celebrate some ancient rite known as “OCH, HOGMANAY, OCH” ! They seemed to enjoy themselves, as did the rest of us Sassenachs, and the majotity of the crew saw the New Year in by dancing in the streets and throwing fireworks after the local custom.
In our next port of call, Puerto Belgrano, there followed an ASADO which is the South American version of the South African BRAAIVLEIS which is the South African version of the American BARBECUE which in turn is merely a souped up version of roasting potatoes on a bonfire on Bonfire Night (November 5th- Guy Fawkes and all that). In other words a excuse for a good piss-up with well burnt grub !
The run-ashore here was a little disappointing after Rio ,B.A and Monte although there were excellent swimming facilities for the more energetic.
On our passage through the Magellan Straits we paused at Punta Arenas to pick up S.O.O and a Chilean Naval Officer who was to act as our Liaison Officer on our passage through the Straits and subsequent visit to Talcahuano.
We proceeded independently to Talcahuano, Lion and the rest of the squandron going to Valparaiso to make headline news by painting out the local hospital. From Talcahuano there is little to report. We put the usual guard shore to attend to the usual wreath-laying ceremony and departed quietly for Callao.
Having rejoined the squadron we entered Callao. For once our guide-book was up to date with information, at least about the terrible smell from the local fish meal factory which clouds the harbour and town continuously.. however this smell did not reach the saloon bars in nearby Lima so it did not seriously inconvenience anyone.
In Lima there were visits to the site of the ancient Inca village, trips on the highest railway in the world, mountains of “furry” rabbits brought aboard and some of the best “Grippo” runs of the South American Cruise. However all good things must come to an end and we were soon on our way through the Panama Canal.
After passage through the Panama Canal the Special squadron visited, the place that Drake knocked about a bit ! The natives still have their forts and bastions but they seemed more than willing to let bygones be bygones about the dastardly deeds of old Frankie. Here large numbers of stuffed alligators were bought-probably by the unsuccessful Gambia white hunters-and graced (or should that be DISgraced ?) the messdecks until our return home.
When we left Cartegena we were once again wearing the flag of the C in C. The Special Squadron was disbanded and we proceeded independently to Port o’ Spain, Trinidad. There were three things of interest here; Steel Bands, The “Limbo” Dance and Rum. (a change I suppose from Rum,Bum and Baccy). Probably most people will say these things should have been posted in reverse order but the “AA” representative on board specially asked that they should be as above !
Whilst on passage between Port o’ Spain and Dakar, West Africa, our next call, we had our sea inspection. This amongst many other things gave the yeoman and the Shipwright a chance to fly their kite – literally. Our South African midshipman was in his element supervising the activities of some Red indians in an encampment on top of the bridge and all the buffer’s prayers about the paintwork being dry were unanswered.
Dakar was expensive. The main attraction was the swimming and even then it set you back 4,000 francs to get you on the beach. We only wanted to use it not buy it?
We arrived in Gibraltar on the 26th February, one of the first of many ships who were assembling there for the big exercise “Dawnbreeze Seven”. There were frequent trips over the border to La Linea where some of our number were so well known that they were on first name terms with the border guards. Mountains of rabbits were brought aboard to add to everyones already enormous collection. In between all these private activities we managed to fit in a couple of very strenuous weeks at Dawnbreeze Seven.
On the 30th March we anchored at Spithead, Portsmouth. Families and friends were bought out to us by the tug “Grinder” We then proceeded up harbour and secured alongside at noon.
We knew we had finally arrived home in England…… It was P*****g down with rain.
……Ships Company.. Second commission.
JOHNSON P,Surg Lt
KENDALL R,Eng Lt-Cdr
LOOKER G,Eng Sub-Lt
YOUNG S. LEM
*HMS Leopard’s proposed visit to Angola created a heated debate in Parliament:
H.M.S. “Leopard” (Visit to Angola)
asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what is the purpose of the good will visit of H.M.S. “Leopard” to Angola.
Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing
As I explained on 15th May, the ship was making its 4,000 mile return journey from Sierra Leone to Simonstown and paid a routine visit to this and other ports.
Is the Civil Lord aware that the incredible stupidity of arranging a so-called good will visit of this kind to Angola has resulted in a great sense of shock among the newly independent countries, but not alone among them? There has been a sense of surprise also in Brazil and, indeed, among the Portuguese themselves. Will the hon. Gentleman take this opportunity of making clear that there is no question of this visit in any way endorsing the repressive colonialist régime?
I made my views clear in answer to the Private Notice Question on this issue on Monday. I cannot endorse the supplementary question asked by the hon. Gentleman. This is one of 800 routine visits which Her Majesty’s ships have made in the last four months to different ports in the world. It would have proceeded quite 1352 satisfactorily if it had not been made a political issue by hon. Members opposite.
Sir J. Maitland
Is it not also a traditional duty of the Royal Navy to visit places where there are outbreaks of rebellion or troubles? [Laughter.] I cannot understand why hon. Members are laughing. Is it not traditional that the Navy should visit such places in order to see that British nationals are looked after properly and also to bring information back to this country, of which we have very little?
I endorse what my hon. Friend has said.
The Civil Lord used the word “paid”. Does that mean that the visit is now over? If it is over, is he aware that that will be very welcome news indeed? Is it convenient for any of Her Majesty’s ships to choose this particular moment for a visit to Seoul?
I used the word “paid”, perhaps inadvertently. The ship arrived there at 08.00 hours on Monday and is due to leave tomorrow, so the visit is still continuing. I have another Question on this.
Have not all of us great good will towards the people of Angola and deep sympathy with all those, black or white, who have suffered so atrociously since the abominable invasion of Angola from across the Congo border.
The hon. Gentleman said in reply to Questions the other day on this matter that this had been cleared with the Foreign Office. If this ship was proceeding from Simonstown to some other port, how was the matter cleared with the Foreign Office?
It was cleared at the Foreign Office because we perfectly well understood the anxiety concerning Angola. There is another Question to be answered later on this matter and I would prefer to wait until it is reached before making any further comment.
asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what is the complement of H.M.S. “Leopard”; how many ratings and officers will be allowed shore leave in Luanda during the good will visit; and what steps he is taking 1353 to protect them from disturbances, in view of the dangerous situation in Angola.
Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing
The complement of H.M.S. “Leopard” is 13 officers and 184 ratings. Shore leave is being allowed. Admiral Copeman, who is in the ship, sent me a signal this morning reporting that Luanda was absolutely quiet and that everything in the city was normal.
Can the Civil Lord say what reports were available on conditions in Luanda when arrangements for this good will trip were made? From the reports which have appeared in The Times and elsewhere, it would seem that the position in Luanda was far from secure a short time ago.
We have a consul in Luanda and the Foreign Office were consulted and, presumably, they got their information from our consul in Luanda. Therefore, the situation was quiet then and it was quiet as of this morning, when I received the signal. Perhaps the Press reports to which the hon. Gentleman referred were somewhat exaggerated.
asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty whether he authorised the good will visit to Luanda now being paid by H.M.S. “Leopard”.
Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing
The visit was authorised, after consultation with the Foreign Office, in the normal way.
In view of the Admiralty’s ineptitude in having this visit—[HON. MEMBERS: “No”]—will the Civil Lord now assure the House that after H.M.S. “Leopard” has spent a few days in Simonstown it is not proposed to visit Mozambique, where Africans are also being murdered and imprisoned in large numbers?
This Question asks who authorised this visit. My noble Friend authorised the visit and takes full responsibility for it.
When H.M.S. “Leopard” returns to port in this country, will my right hon. Friend provide transport to enable the officers and ratings of that vessel to come to the House of Commons in order to leave green cards for hon. Gentlemen opposite?
I am sure that the Civil Lord would not deliberately mislead the House. Can he state, specifically and categorically, on which date the Foreign Office cleared the proposal, by the Admiralty presumably, that this vessel should visit Angola?
We have been in consultation with the Foreign Office over a period of weeks, the last occasion being on Wednesday of last week.
Many thanks to all who have submitted pics and articles. I seem to have mislaid some along the way, so if you have submitted something and it’s not here please let me know.
John Blount kindly sent me Leo 2 commissioning book plus many pics and has made the re-writing of this commission possible (he lives in New Zealand) many thanks to you John.
I hope to include the seperate departmental dits in the near future, so if you have anything tucked away in that ‘ol sea chest please submit it for publication before the grandchildren get their grubby hands on your late effects, and as is the norm ditch it!
Any dit any pic from any commission or ship are all welcome.
Rob (Nobby) G