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HMS Brinton closes in on HMS Nubian
Ships and Harbours
No: 3622   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 1969
HMS Brinton closes in on HMS Nubian

During a naval exercise held in the Persian Gulf during November 1969, minehunter HMS Brinton (jocularly known as the "Banana Boat" because of her affiliation with Fyffes) comes very close to the parent ship, Tribal Class frigate HMS Nubian.
There is a photograph by Derek Fox on the Internet showing her sadly lying at the Pounds Scrapyard, Portsmouth on July 11th 2000, awaiting scrapping.
Picture added on 10 February 2008
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i remember seeing hms brinton when i was a youngster, sailing a mirror dingy from the sussex motor yacht club based at soldiers point at shoreham back in the early 70's and aiway's wondered what her demise was.

Added by Andrew Barber on 24 July 2008.
Hms brinton became the banana boat in 1975 merely because her then co was the most junior co in the fishery protection squadron. The 4.5 feet long banana thereafter mounted on her fore screen was from the geest banana company and not fyffes.

Added by Lauriew Hopkins on 19 August 2008.
I have very fond memerioes of Brinton having spent the last 3 years of her live serving on her.

Added by G.phillips on 15 October 2008.
very good memories of Brinton having served on her right up until her decommissioning

Added by G.phillips on 15 October 2008.
did anyone serve with my dad james dusty millar on hms brinton?

Added by David Millar on 01 May 2009.
i served with a dusty miller...but it was on fsu.

Added by G.phillips on 02 May 2009.
Do you have posters of HMS Nubian. My late husband was in Nubian during 1964 to 1966.

Added by Ann Albrow on 09 June 2010.
Hello Ann,
Since I was aboard HMS Nubian, I don't have any pictures of her, except picture #3610 which shows a helicopter landing on.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 09 June 2010.
Mrs Albrow, I served on HMS Nubian 1964-66. Capt. Brown's commission. We hold a reunion each year and produce a newsletter twice a year. If you are interested I can forward copies of the Nubian News to you. David Wickham ex LRO(G)

Added by David Wickham on 04 January 2011.
Hi Ann & Dave,
I served on Nubian 64-66 (Persian Gulf)my first ship.ex JM(E).nick-name(HOPPY)I do remember your name Dave, also Jake Wade, Dave Huxley, Peddler Palmer, Sgt Jim, Cpl Tom(RM), POM(E)Mick Donovan , also a big ginger haired LEM. I think his name was Mick. Ann I'm sorry but I don't remember your husband, but I do have a photo of HMS Nubian.

Added by Dave Hopper on 26 January 2011.
Dave, Good to hear from you, after all these years. I have not heard back from Ann Albrow as yet. If you are interested, I can send you the latest copy of The Nubian News, where you will read about our next reunion. Am in contact with Jake Wade. Look forward to hearing from you.
Dave Wickham.

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Added by David Wickham on 27 January 2011.
I was part of HMS Nubian's ships flight and I remember that commission well. We were based in Bahrain for 10 months and sailed all round the Gulf. We then went to Singers, Hong Kong Australia, Mauritius. Great time, happy memories. 1969-71

Added by Derek Robson on 28 February 2012.
joined HMS Nubian in 1962 (Pompey baracks) tookher from the makers and did 1st commission up the Gulf 1962-64.

Added by Jack Frost A/B on 21 December 2012.
My uncle served on this ship between 1943 to 1944 then he went into emporess of Scotland for six weeks. He is 87 yrs old and is called George Staley.

Added by Jo Osbaldeston on 25 September 2013.
She wasn't commissioned until 1954 Jo Osbaldeston.

Added by Darrell Lahan on 05 December 2014.
Served on-board the banana boat mid 70's fishery protection UW/tankie/swimmer, great times and laughs.

Added by Michael Sharp on 13 February 2015.
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