Royal Navy 1970's ~ HMS Tiger C20 ~ Once Upon a Ship

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The fabulous ship above is HMS Tiger C20 a 12,000 tonne Helicopter Cruiser with 4 Sea King Helicopters onboard from 826 squadron at Culdrose Seacat ship to air missiles plus 3 and 6 inch guns in conjunction with about 925 ratings. I joined Her in 1972 & was on Her until 1974 & did the 18 month Far East tour & travelled to quite a few places around the globe & had a blast at a very young age.

I don't EVER regret joining the RN but with serious hindsight feel that I was far too young to put dedication into a complex job such as radio electronics and if I had have been older I may well have chosen a more suitable branch & would have maybe done better. By nature I excel in music & creativity but it has taken many decades of a much varied life to finally achieve in what I love best. To me ( & many others of the time) it was just a 5 year party of which could NEVER, EVER be emulated but to the older ratings it was a serious lifelong career & I very much respect that fact & also the dedicated loyalty these fine people have to the RN & UK.

I also served on the shore base HMS Rooke in Gibraltar in 1971 for 18 months & HMS St Angelo in Malta in 1972 for 8 months & when I left Tiger I finished my time by serving on a shore base at New Waltham in Grimsby in North UK.

I created this video a couple of years ago & uploaded it to an old channel of mine but having turned 59 in recent weeks & suffering ill health then I felt it essential to tidy it up, produce it to a better quality & upload it here to give it immortality so that when I'm gone it will remain as a part of History for not only me, but for the rest of the crew too. I have changed the montage to black & white & de-noised & softened the old photos & have also added sound effects such as the Helicopter taking off from the flight deck & the guns blazing at the end. I've also added some racy lead guitar music for that certain nostalgia that I truly feel for this era of my life. Many thanks to ALL the contributors of these fantastic photos & this video will remain on my channel here & this playlist for as long as the web remains & most certainly longer than the time I have left on this fine earth. If this video brings joy to anyone then it will all have been so worth it but even if it doesn't then at least it will immortalize the memories for a most wonderful Ship.

I have ALWAYS missed the Comradeship.

Be Fabulous in All you do, peace, Steph.

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Here we are the 25th May 2020 and am wondering how many of the crew of HMS TIGER C20 are still on this side of the light ? Well, I'm pretty cool and well and living each day to the full but I HAVE to say that I've ALWAYS missed the comradeship of the Royal Navy and it's the only time that I've trusted anyone implicitly ! I guess it's the Unity that once was. Happy Monday to all, have a fabulous week ahead 😃

Author — Steph Sancia

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We were the first of the class to go to the Far East. I was first on the Tiger from 1961 to 1963 having joined as a greenie sprog from FMU Portland. Liked it so much volunteered for a second commission on her after refit at Guzz

Author — Hermesmale

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This ROCKS, Steph! Love ships, my dad was in the Navy during WWII. Wonderful music too! :) Janet

Author — One Woman and Some Songs

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Hi Just come across this-well done.
I served in Tiger for the last 2 years of its service which included 2 Group deployments. On the final passage across Biscay, we achieved over 32 knots which was a fine tribute to a fine ship. We also fired off much of our remaining 6in and 3in ammo because we were the last ship to require it. Both guns were firing at the towed sleeve and the sky was full of TTBs. Tiger also gave me a fair number of head aches as I was the Senior Engineer and leaks of steam, water and fuel were everyday events. Happy Days!

Author — Michael Morgan

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The lovely HMS Tiger, originally one of the smartest cruisers the Royal Navy ever had, but by the time they were launched the day of the all gun warship had passed.
But given a flight deck and hanger she and her sister Blake, lost their good looks but found a role as Sub hunters.
I had a wonderful day on board her and got very drunk with my good friend Tudor Davies one of the aircrew, when she was at Spithead for the 1977 Jubilee Review.
Got very drunk in P.Os Mess

Author — James Mayo

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I was on the Tiger in 1977 for her last round the world deployment, my first ever ship. I still have the tee-shirt. She was a brilliant ship to serve on and I fondly remember her to this day.

Author — David Walden

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Great photos, thanks for uploading them! I have a tenuous link to Tiger, in 84 she was a dead ship laid up in Fareham Creek, I was in a party sent down from Sultan to board and recover certain items for training purposes, by then she was a death trap below decks, sections of deck already cut away to remove larger pieces of machinery, the holes only bridged with a scaffold board or two! Certainly got an impression of just how big & powerful she was in life, we ate our bag meals on top of the hanger looking across the harbour to pompey & later on managed to have a decent look around the other parts of Tiger. Great to have seen something of her when she was a happy, living, breathing, vital warship & home to so many, thanks once again.

Author — Bung Fu Panda

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I did 77-81 on this great ship with a great family. I hope to remember all those times, but the memory is getting a little weak after the runs ashore that we all enjoyed.

Author — dogmeal

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The last deployment included Christmas in Sydney which was a memorable time. We nearly fell foul when a small fuel oil spill into the harbour found its way over to the North Sydney yacht Club and ended up fouling a few yachts. I sent a team of stokers over there to clean up the yachts and they were very well looked after! A week up in Brisbane was the last jolly before heading homeward.
That chopper shown floating after a gearbox failure ended up being craned out and put on a wooden staging knocked up by the chippies and located between the funnels. The DC timber came in useful..

Author — Michael Morgan

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My home from 1974 to 78, must admit wasn't the best place in the world to be down in B boiler room when you lost all power which happened once or twice when I was on her and it was virtually on the equator both times. good way to lose weight!

Author — leslie coombs

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My father served on the Tiger mid to late 50's. He just passed away in February at the age of 80. He would have really enjoyed this. Thanks for a glimpse into my father's younger days.

Author — Andrew Fisher-Chessell

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I was on her during the mid 70's as a stoker (tankie). The plan was to leave her in Christmas 78, during which time she was in Aus, but the buggers took me off before she left UK.
I loved my time on there.

Author — Bryan Morris

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My father's last ship after he did his 22 years, left in 1974 if anyone knew him, POEL Jack Davis. Next and final stop for him was the SA Navy.

Author — John Davis

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For all her good points, and there were many, she had two bad ones. In rough weather we had to close most of the fan trunking doors as they all were positioned just below the bridge and faced forward facing the sea, and secondly when firing the cordite fumed were sucked back I to the ship, mostly around the midships area by the main galley. Wonder why she fired when we were sitting down for meals, was the old girl laughing at us in her own way.

Author — Hermesmale

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Greetings from Singapore. My dad served on the HMS tiger when he joined the Royal Navy as a volunteer somewhere in the 1960s in Singapore. It’s a beautiful cruiser. Still kept the photos he took when he was serving onboard.

Author — EUGENE KOH

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Some fantastic pictures, a bit before my time in HMS Plymouth, those 6 inch gun's would have been handy in 1982.

Author — henryvagincourt

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Wow Steph awesome video and photos and music wow that ship is incredible the memories you must have and all the great people you met and the great experiences you had from that time in your life must be magical I bet their are times you must dream you are back at sea and on that great ship with those great sailors and crew you were working with and serving with at that time you must have so many great memories that you could write a book about it thank you Steph from your friend Phil .

Author — rockingphil58

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I was on Tiger from 76 to 78 and had some amazing times and trips on her, loving the video. Rodge Breen

Author — roger breen

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I was on her sister ship HMS Blake in 1970 -1973. Went out to the west coast of the states, 'Frisco" and San Diego down to Mexico and Acapulco, thro' Panama Canal. Great ships

Author — Grahame Smith

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My uncle served on her during the early 50's and I was lucky enough to go on her as a sea cadet in the early 60's when she did an exercise in the English Channel where I witnessed the awesome fire power of both 6 inch and all 3 inch mounts firing. Can still smell the burnt cordite coming from one of the waist 3 inch mounts.

Author — datz13