Service In Hong Kong 1967/68 and 1972 - 1974
Hi I'm Des Lamble (almost 61 now ) I was serving on HMS Defender in 1967 until 1969. In the early part of 1968 we arrived in HK and we had a problem, we where only due to be there for about four days, but we broke down, Seawater contamination of the furnis fuel oil feed system and we ended up in Hong Kong for about six weeks. For me it was great to spent this amount of time in HK.
This was at a time when a lot of American war ships where coming to HK to give some of their military R&R from the Vietnam War.
Then, surprise, surprise in 1972 I was drafted to join HMS Beechampton, a converted mine sweeper but then part of the HK patrol squadron.
I lived in naval married quarters, Wong ne chong rd Happy Valley overlooking the HK race course. My arrival in HK was the day after the big fire on the QE1. I lived in HK for two years and it was fantastic. One of the incidents I was involved in,( or our ship was involved in) was the search for two missing seamen following the collision of two merchant ships just outside of Lia Moon Gap.
One other thing that I think was a bit spooky was that when back in the uk and serving as a Police Officer in the Surrey Constabulary, was that I met a young lady who I'm now married to, who just happened to be living in Hong Kong at the same time as I was, because her father was the deputy chief fire officer of the Hong Kong firebregade and the officer in charge of the fire fighting team, fighting the big fire on the Queen Elizabeth the first.
There is much more I could say, but not now, and I have some photos that I can share with you when I get my all in one copier/printer/scanner up and running again.
Ex A/B(able seaman) Des Lamble D/089734D