PORTLAND OLD BOYS REUNION DINNER
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PORTLAND OLD BOYS REUNION DINNER 2016
The team behind the 2016 dinner are, Stu Law (Accounts)
Steve Mather (Merchandising)
The reunion dinner will take place at the Victoria Bars Weymouth Friday the 19th February 2016.
This will be the ninth year this prestigious event has taken place; and will be a traditional formal dinner.
All Royal Naval personnel who served at Portland are welcome to attend
and details can be downloaded by clicking on the 'Booking Form' link contained on this page.
The cost for the event has remained at £32 for the fifth year running. Your cheques should be made payable to "Portland Old Boys"
and forwarded with a completed booking form to guarantee your place as they are strictly limited to 120 people this year.
your confirmation of a seat is your name being listed on the ''attendee’s 15'' page on the ‘Portland Old Boys Website’.
Please allow at least two weeks for the list to be amended, following posting your cheque before contacting the website.
As always this event is extremely popular so book early to avoid disappointment.
Ties and pin badges will be available, ties for the small cost of £10 and pin badges £3:50.
We will only have a max capacity of 120 as last year this worked well with no complaints.
18:30 – All attendees to be mustered in the New Vic Bar
19:00 – Dinner call (Attendees to the Fair Haven)
19:30 – President and Top Table Seated
RNAS Portland was an air station of the Royal Navy, built in 1917 as HMS Serepta, within the confines of Portland Harbour. Seaplanes were originally operated from the base's slipways. In 1919, 241 Squadron was disbanded and aviation operations ceased.
In 1946, Hoverfly R-4Bs moved in and the base's playing fields were taken over as a landing ground and became the site of the modern heliport. 815 Squadron flew its 12 Whirlwinds in from RNAS Eglinton on 14 Apr 1959 and the station was formally commissioned as HMS Osprey on 24 Apr 1959.
The base was gradually improved over the years, with the addition of a (short) main runway and landing spots. It has been the home of the small ships' flight Wasp, Wessex and Lynx fleet and at one point, the slipway was used by hovercraft.
As the base wound down, Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) moved to Plymouth (HMS Drake). The Royal Navy closed HMS Osprey on 31 Mar 1999.
When HMS Osprey closed, the RN School of Helicopter Control moved to its new premises at HMS Heron (RNAS Yeovilton) and the Fleet Target Group moved to HMS Seahawk (RNAS Culdrose) and became 792 Squadron in Nov 2001.
Portland is also famous for having one of the shortest runways (04/22 at 229m) in England. Although the Naval Establishment has closed, the heliport remains available for the HM Coastguard SAR flight.
Wessex HAS 3
737 Naval Air Squadron operated Wessex HAS.3, they were assigned to operate from Helicopter Support Ship RFA Engadine and later, from the stern platforms of several of the six County Class guided missile destroyers, including HMS Glamorgan, HMS Antrim and HMS Norfolk. 737 Squadron supported seven flights on these destroyers in addition to providing aircrew training at RNAS Portland.
In their ship-borne, anti-submarine role, the HAS.3s could carry two Mk.44 or Mk.46 homing torpedoes (with parachutes) or four Mk.11 depth charges in addition to their Plessey dipping sonar. They could also be fitted with a door-mounted machine gun and act as a self-contained unit, handling all operations at the scene of an anti-submarine action.
Throughout the late 1970s most of the Wessex HAS.3 helicopters at Portland were being replaced by Westland Sea Kings, which could carry more torpedoes or depth charges and had the security of twin engines, with greatly extended endurance. but a few HAS.3s, remained in service until after the Falklands conflict period in 1982. One of these, XP142, seriously damaged near San Carlos Water, was replaced by XM328, on HMS Antrim, in November 1982. XM328 then sailed with HMS Antrim on her second deployment to the South Atlantic, and was transferred to 772 Squadron when 737 Squadron disbanded on 4th February 1983. Another Mk.3, XM837, was lost in June 1982 when an Exocet missile hit the hangar on the destroyer HMS Glamorgan.
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