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Aboard HMS Hermes Sailing For Gibraltar in Mid-1960s

HMS Hermes  (R12) was a conventional British aircraft carrier and the last of the Centaur class. In service with the Royal Navy from 1959 until 1984 she served as the flagship of the British forces during the Falklands War. After being sold to India in 1986 the vessel was recommissioned and remained in service with the Indian Navy as INS Viraat until 2017. In 2020 it was announced that Hermes was to be scrapped. These are photographs taken when I was aboard HMS Hermes on my way to Gibraltar in the mid-1960s. The aircraft carried at that time were  Fairey Gannets and Westland Whirlwinds. HMS Hermes flying the Union jack when moored in Gibraltar. Fairey Gannet having just landed on HMS Hermes. The aircraft was developed for the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. Fairey Gannet on the flight deck of Hermes. It was used in an airborne early warning (AEW) role on carriers. This aircraft carried a crew of three. The Westland Whirlwind served the Fleet Air Arm. Anti-submarine, and sear

Building Bill's Beard Blogspot with Blogger

Blogger is a free and reliable blogging platform. Blogs are hosted by Google and accessed from a subdomain of An example of course being this website's address of All that’s needed to set up a blog of your own is a Google account. Blogs hosted by Google are easy to manage, relatively hassle-free and very secure. Blogger lets you safely store thousands of posts, photos and more, without cost. Blogger is splendid not only for newcomers to blogging but also for users such as myself who intend to develop a basic personal blog and have decided there's no need for the bells and whistles which come with a more sophisticated  Content Management System  (CMS). Having said that, over the years, I've made use of many open source CMS. The choice is very much one of horses for courses. In developing a web presence Wordpress has undoubtedly much to offer. In the early days it was primarily intended for bloggers but has progressed t

Rangers Football Club Animated GIF Images

In March 2021  Rangers Football Club  became Scottish Premiership Champions. Scotland's greatest football club have now won a record-breaking 55 league titles. In fact, since their formation in 1872, Glasgow Rangers have accumulated more domestic trophies than any other football club in the world. It has been a difficult decade for Rangers fans, but we are back in our rightful position as the dominant force in Scottish football.