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Old 15-07-2009, 07:02
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Me too. I've mentioned her on another thread but Fairlead, Trot do either of you remember Mimi the little black and white gibbon that lived at Kranji W/T at that time?

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Old 15-07-2009, 09:02
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Can't say I do Jan, I had a little monkey of my own to look after (he is a tree surgeon now!).
So I probably had the pleasure of teaching you both AT and Technical then.

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Old 15-07-2009, 15:29
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No, can't say I do. Interesting place though. Lying in your rack with an elastic band, and folded pieces of paper trying to knock "Chit Chats" off the ceiling.
And, Mary Sew Sew being on your draft routine!
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Old 15-07-2009, 18:40
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Knocking ChitChats of the ceiling. They must have replaced the Atap Roofing of the earlier era [1962] cos then you lay listening to the Cobra's in the roof and welcoming the daily visit of "Snakey" who gathered them up an disappeared into the jungle.

Anyone remember early morning visit to Showerroom accompanied by a King Cobra escort.
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Old 15-07-2009, 19:13
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Wasn't Cobras that worried me, it was falling into a Monsoon Ditch and being attacked by a Bootlace.
Sober, it was always amusing to read the signs posted around the grass square; Danger, Snakes, do not cross. Then notice the well trodden paths leading to the Mess' on the far side.

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Old 15-07-2009, 19:33
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Anyone got any photos of Kranji? Grateful if you could post some up.

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Old 15-07-2009, 19:41
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Sorry Hixy - all my photos got lost in several house moves, but I remember us talking about the RAN W/T Station on the Yew Yi Kang road just before the turnoff to Jalan Kayu. Would be nice to see some shots of Serangoon.
I can't remember ever taking shots of Kranji W/T - it just seemed somewhere we worked and went home.
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Old 15-07-2009, 21:06
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Hixy, not the best of photo's but the only one I have of Kranji.

Hope it's of some use to you.

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Old 15-07-2009, 21:38
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Dave H, ref post #132; Hixy you and I have already discussed this site previously, but feast yer goggle gear on this link mate:-

http://www.freewebs.com/roverjag/

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Old 15-07-2009, 21:42
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Oh and try this one for Serangoon; I shall keep searching for sommat bettah for yez:-

http://jalankayutrail.blogspot.com/2...ens-1960s.html

Little h

PS; Just got the link pasted quickish like and then went back in and clicked on a few possibilities, low and behold a treasure trove of memories contained there-in so take your time browsing through it !!! all the best h
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Old 15-07-2009, 22:25
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For all Serangoon-ers try this:-

http://serangoongardens.com/

and then google Serangoon Village or Gardens and your yearning for memories will be fulfilled surely!!!!

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Old 16-07-2009, 09:25
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Hi Harry,

Thanks for that trip down memory lane. Have spent hours going thru all your finds and looking deeper.

We lived right in front of the Leisure Center in Serangoon in 1962 but it was a dirt road leading to a wooden building with corrugated iron roof.. changed a bit now.

Had trouble with the Kranji W/T photo - everything was surrounded by jungle then which encroached if not hacked back. The two storey building on the left was I think the STC and the long one storey was the Commcen ... Fairlead will know better the rest ....... Rose Cottage is still there in the pic.

The Jalan Kayu section was great.

Didn't remember the RAF/GCHQ Station being that big but then it was pretty hushhush.

Great job mate .... thanks

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Old 16-07-2009, 19:54
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Thanks alan for the photo and harry for the links. Brings back memories.
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Old 16-07-2009, 23:23
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'old ships' (tappin nose) know what I mean!!!

Long way up and long way down every day (on days); better doing a double watch o/nite!!!

Weather station doppler!!!??? Nope

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai_Mo_Shan_Road

Try it in Google Earth and click on the old block

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Old 17-07-2009, 05:23
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'old ships' (tappin nose) know what I mean!!!

Long way up and long way down every day (on days); better doing a double watch o/nite!!!

Weather station doppler!!!??? Nope

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai_Mo_Shan_Road

Try it in Google Earth and click on the old block

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Nope, really have no idea what you mean?
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Old 17-07-2009, 19:49
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Hey Derek,

Flip across the Implacable 1952.

I have looked at my Seamanship Manual but can't answer the question. I think the hoist is MR86 but why the Blue or Red Ensign at the Masthead. Must defer to your Bunting knowledge on this one.

Sparks out .... Dave H
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Old 17-07-2009, 20:23
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Hi Dave, been bashing my brain on this one, according to her history she was a training ship in 1952 perhaps not under the white ensign, looking at photograph not so sure its a blue ensign maybe red under civvy command.
The signal MR86 could be a berth number, but that would have been preceeded by the desig pnt in my time (57-69). Best I can do for now

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Old 17-07-2009, 22:11
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She is deffo flying a white ensign astern on the two extra pics tho.

http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/ships/IMPLACABLE.html




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Old 17-07-2009, 22:35
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Some more info; Chapter on The Chinese Target pages 340 & 341:-
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=H...esult&resnum=2
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Old 18-07-2009, 00:22
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Some more info; Chapter on The Chinese Target pages 340 & 341:-
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=H...esult&resnum=2
Geez, I must have been asleep for along time; this is all newz to me.....
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Old 18-07-2009, 17:19
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Geez, I must have been asleep for along time; this is all newz to me.....
up to site at top of Tai Mo Shan:-

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...e_mountain.JPG

and down...

at sea level the site at Little Sai Wan:-
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Old 19-07-2009, 08:24
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Being as my first ship was "Bulwark" as part of the Far East Fleet and a commando carrier, my earliest experience of comms, outside of training of course was as a "sparker" for joint operations. This meant that I spent onboard time manning circuits with the army, marines, ghurkas and anybody else who wanted to play with us. If not onboard I was generally in the back of a landrover operating or up at some forward air base in a jungle clearing. This got me thinking about portable radios. Anyone else remember the A43R Mk2 called the 634 in the navy? Good little set which we could use to talk to the choppers. The batteries were the size of a house brick! I also remember the Type 62, the naval 622. This HF set was classified as a "two man portable" and the handbook said that we could commandeer local mules to help transport it and its associated gear! Who wrote this rubbish?! When was the last time you saw a mule? Happy days though and jungle green seemed to suit me back then.


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Old 19-07-2009, 08:31
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Hi Jan, yes I remember the 634, used it many times for boarding parties.
What about the old 615 ex army kit I think, tranceiver and battery in separate pack army style webbing, used these dam thing during boarding ops doing Cyprus patrol in late 50s. Now what have we got small icoms that fit in the palm of the hand.

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Old 19-07-2009, 17:55
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Remember using the 615 at Ganges, and when manning the Sea Boat.
Spent a bit of time lugging a 634 around Portland and other places, and had a 622 as my emergency kit on both Flintham and Wolverton.
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Old 19-07-2009, 18:55
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Yes I remember the sea boat set. I also remember that when in the jungle I had an SMG. We quickly learnt that the enemy knew that the radio op always carried an SMG and to take him out. Therefore I always tried to swap mine for an SLR just in case!!

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