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Aircraft Carrier HMS Centaur at HongKong 1964
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No: 977   Contributor: Ken Watson   Year: 1964   Manufacturer: Harland and Wolff, Belfast, United Kingdom   Country: Hong Kong
Aircraft Carrier HMS Centaur at HongKong 1964

HMS Centaur alongside HM Dockyard, HongKong following SEATO exercises with Commonwealth Navies during Spring of 1964. Note anti-sub aircraft on foreward flightdeck and requsite sampan off Stbd bow.
Picture added on 10 February 2007
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Fairey Gannet and de Havilland Sea Vixen parked on the bow.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 22 February 2008.
My Brother in Law was LT. on HMS Centaur during this period. I had the pleasure of visiting this carrier at Greenock a few year later. He retired after the Falklands war. I have photos from this visit.

Added by IAN R. FORBES on 10 July 2009.
Hi Ian,
Why not upload a few to the site so we can all enjoy them?

Added by Marcel Gommers on 11 July 2009.
Gannet looks like an AEW3, used for Airborne Early Warning ( AN- APS 20 radar) rather than for anti-submarine purposes !

Added by Roger Mills on 14 November 2010.
I remember it well I was a firesuitman on the flight deck with a great crew tom tickner was my best buddy happy days !!! I've got a lot of photos of the Centaur when we were involved in the rescue of SS Lakonia a stricken liner and lots more

Added by Chris Jones { Jonah} on 05 January 2011.
If I remember correctly, Centaur visited Liverpool and as she was approaching the Princes Landing Stage, there was a sailor kneeling in the opening in the bows holding a replica European Cup, so it must have been during one of the years that Liverpool F.C. had had success in Europe.

Added by Evertonian Longmemory on 15 February 2011.
What a great year '64 was. Still laughing about having to avoid the Master at Arms for returning late after wonderful four weeks leave in Hongkong. Have lost pics from the era. Would love to see some posted.

Added by Albert Nicholls on 06 April 2012.
Best Ship in the Royal Navy at the time and the happiest only thing wrong it had no air conditioning system to speak of..prickly heat was rife...........Happy Days

Added by Mick Toman, Centaur 1963/1965 on 05 December 2012.
Centaur was in Liverpool in August 1965. I have photographs of her at the pier head.

Added by John Meyer on 04 February 2016.
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