OLD BOYS REUNION DINNER
WE ARE NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR THE 2015
OLD BOYS REUNION DINNER 2015
The team behind the 2015 dinner are, Stu Law (Accounts)
Steve Mather (Merchandising) and Jim
Mussenden (Webmaster / Guest Liaison / Finance).
The reunion dinner will take place at the Victoria Bars Weymouth Friday
the 20th February 2015.
This will be the eighth 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
page on the ‘Portland Old Boys Website’.
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
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.
WE ARE NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR THE 2015
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
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
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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