Bits and pieces Volume VI

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  1. RADIO CALLSIGNS AND PENNANT NUMBERS OF SHIPS  AND RFA'S IN THE 1970's
  2. RELIGIONS THE NAVY WILL RECOGNISE AS DECLARED BY MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL NAVY AND ROYAL MARINES.
  3. PRIZE MONEY [?] AND SALVAGE MONEY! TOO LATE NOW FOR SOME OF YOU, BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE GOT HAD YOUR SHIP BEEN AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME?

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         LIST OF WARSHIPS AND THEIR CALLSIGNS FROM THE 1970'S

{NOTE THE ARK ROYAL's PENNANT NUMBER - the current Ark Royal is R07}

 

CALLSIGN

NAME OF SHIP

TYPE OF SHIP

PENNANT NUMBER

19 in number

Small vessels used by universities and by Royal Naval Reserve [RNR] units.

12 minesweepers
5 patrol vessels and 2 auxiliaries

Various

GAZZ

PHOEBE

Frigate

F42

GBIZ

SIRIUS

Frigate

F40

GCCH

AVENGER

Frigate

F185

GCZU

SEALION

Submarine

-

GDBA

WALRUS

Submarine

-

GDBE

ODIN

Submarine

-

GDBU

LOWESTOFT

Frigate

F103

GDCA

RHYL

Frigate

F129

GDCE

ASHANTI

Frigate

F117

GDCH

OLYMPUS

Submarine

-

GDCU

BRIGHTON

Frigate

F106

GDDA

OBERON

Submarine

-

GDDE

ORPHEUS

Submarine

-

GDDH

YARMOUTH

Frigate

F101

GDDU

BERWICK

Frigate

F115

GDFA

PLYMOUTH

Frigate

F126

GDFE

ESKIMO

Frigate

F119

GDIH

NEWCASTLE

Destroyer

D87

GFXU

FALMOUTH

Frigate

F113

GFYA

GURKHA

Frigate

F122

GHFW

DEVONSHIRE

Destroyer

D02

GHFX HAMPSHIRE Destroyer D06

GHFY

KENT

Destroyer

D12

GHFZ

LONDON

Destroyer

D16

GHGA

ONSLAUGHT

Submarine

-

GHGB

NUBIAN

Frigate

F131

GHGC

TARTAR

Frigate

F133

GHQW

LEANDER

Frigate

F109

GHQX

MOHAWK

Frigate

F125

GHQY

ORACLE

Submarine

-

GHQZ

OTTER

Submarine

-

GHRA

ZULU

Frigate

F124

GHWA

DIDO

Frigate

F104

GHWL

AJAX

Frigate

F114

GHWM

PENELOPE

Frigate

F127

GHWN

OCELOT

Submarine

-

GHWP

OTUS

Submarine

-

GJLH

AURORA

Frigate

F10

GJLU

GALATEA

Frigate

F18

GJLW

EURYALUS

Frigate

F15

GJLZ

OPOSSUM

Submarine

-

GJMA

OSIRIS

Submarine

-

GJME

VALIANT

Submarine

-

GKBH

GLAMORGAN

Destroyer

D19

GKBU

FIFE

Destroyer

D20

GKCA

OPPORTUNE

Submarine

-

GKXA

ARETHUSA

Frigate

F38

GKXS

ARK ROYAL

Aircraft Carrier

R09

GKYD

BULWARK

Landing Platform Helicopter [LPH]

R08

GKYQ

FEARLESS

Landing Platform Dock [LPD]

L10

GKYU

NAIAD

Frigate

F39

GKZL

HERMES

Aircraft Carrier

R12

GLXH

INTREPID

Landing Platform Dock [LPD]

L11

GLXU

ONYX

Submarine

-

GLZM

BLAKE

Cruiser

C99

GMLU

CLEOPATRA

Frigate

F28

GMWE

RESOLUTION

Submarine

-

GMXE

WARSPITE

Submarine

-

GMZU

MINERVA

Frigate

F45

GNAF

TENACITY

Patrol vessel

P276

GNID

AMAZON

Frigate

F169

GNIE

APOLLO

Frigate

F70

GNIG

SABRE

Fast training boat

P275

GNIH

SWIFSURE

Submarine

-

GNUD

SHEFFIELD

Destroyer

D80

GNUL

ARIADNE

Frigate

F72

GNZH

ARGONAUT

Frigate

F56

GOGH

JUNO

Frigate

F52

GOTW

WILTON

MCM

M1116

GPAB

SOVEREIGN

Submarine

-

GPAD

ANTELOPE

Frigate

F170

GPAE

ACTIVE

Frigate

F171

GPBA

HECLA

Survey ship

A133

GQCA

HECATE

Survey ship

A137

GQDA

DANEA

Frigate

F47

GQEN

BIRMINGHAM

Destroyer

D86

GQIA

AMBUSCADE

Frigate

F172

GQIB

ARROW

Frigate

F173

GQIC

ALACRITY

Frigate

F174

GQID

ARDENT

Frigate

F184

GQIG

COVENTRY

Destroyer

D118

GQIJ

GLASGOW

Destroyer

D88

GQIK

SUPERB

Submarine

-

GQIL

SCEPTRE

Submarine

-

GQIM

HERALD

Survey ship

A138

GQRZ

BEACHAMPTON

HKS

P1007

GRCA

REPULSE

Submarine

-

GRDE

REVENGE

Submarine

-

GRGE

HYDRA

Survey ship

A144

GRTE

ANTRIM

Destroyer

D18

GRYN

HERMIONE

Frigate

F58

GRZU

ABDIEL

Mine countermeasures vessel [MCM]

N21

GSCK

GAVINGTON

MCM

M1140

GSCR

LALESTON

Diving training ship

M1158

GSCV

SHOULTON

MCM

M1182

GSMU

NORFOLK

Destroyer

D21

GSPS

LYNX

FSS

F27

GSPX

SALISBURY

Frigate

F32

GSQB

TORQUAY

Frigate

F43

GSQG

HARDY

Frigate

F54

GSQQ PELLEW Frigate F62

GSRD

GLASSERTON

MCM

M1141

GSRK

HUBBERSTON

MCM

M1147

GSRM

IVESTON

MCM

M1151

GSRP

MONKTON

HKS

P1055

GSXU

ANDROMEDA

Frigate

F57

GSYA

JUPITER

Frigate

F60

GSYG

BICKINGTON

FPV

M1109

GSYJ

ALFRISTON

MCM

M1103

GSYK

POLLINGTON

FPV

M1173

GTDD

PORPOISE

Submarine

-

GTGF

SHERATON

Fishery protection vessel [FPV]

M1181

GTGP

STUBBINGTON

FPV

M1204

GTJK

WASPERTON

Hong Kong Squadron [HKS]

P1089

GTJR

WOLVERTON

HKS

P1093

GTJS

WOTTON

MCM

M1195

GTJT

YARNTON

HKS

P1096

GTSY

FINWHALE

Submarine

-

GTWB

LINCOLN

Frigate [Standby squadron] {FSS}

F99

GTWT

SOBERTON

FPV

M1200

GUCN

KINGFISHER

MCM

P260

GUCP

CYGNET

MCM

P261

GUIK

WAKEFUL

Support vessel

A236

GUVE

CUXTON

FPV

M1125

GUYV

JERSEY

FPV

P295

GUYW

GUERNSEY

FPV

P297

GUYX

SHETLAND

FPV

P298

GUYY

ORKNEY

FPV

P299

GUYZ

LINDISFARNE

FPV

P300

GUZA

BRECON

MCM

M29

GWPE

BACCHANTE

Frigate

F69

GWRA

CHARYBDIS

Frigate

F75

GWWD

DREADNOUGHT

Submarine

-

GWWL

EGERIA

Survey ship

A72

GWWM

ENTERPRISE

Survey ship

A71

GXBH

BEAGLE

Survey ship

A319

GXBU

BULLDOG

Survey ship

A317

GXCA

FAWN

Survey ship

A335

GXCE

FOX

Survey ship

A320

GXDE

SCYLLA

Frigate

F71

GXKE

RENOWN

Submarine

-

GXRH

ENDURANCE

Ice Patrol Ship

A171

GYFE *

BRISTOL

Destroyer

D23

GYFH

CHURCHILL

Submarine

-

GYJU

CONQUEROR

Submarine

-

GYQG

ACHILLES

Frigate

F12

GYQN

DIOMEDE

Frigate

F16

GYZY

COURAGEOUS

Submarine

-

MMWS

TIGER

Cruiser

C20

MOJF

SCIMITAR

Fast training boat

P271

MOJG

CUTLASS

Fast training boat

P274

MQDZ

BRINTON

FPV

M1114

MQKY

BILDESTON

MCM

M1110

MRCP

BERETON

FPV

M1113

MRYY

BRONINGTON

MCM

M1115

MSGC

KIRKLISTON

MCM

M1157

MSVP

RECLAIM

Diving trials ship

A231

MTMP

SHAVINGTON

FPV

M1180

MTSY

CRICHTON

FPV

M1124

MTXG

EASTBOURNE

Frigate [training ship]

F73

MTXL

BOSSINGTON

MCM

M1133

MTXY

JAGUAR

FSS

F37

MTYF LEOPARD Frigate F14
MTYG LLANDAFF Frigate F61

MTYM

MAXTON

MCM

M1165

MTYQ

NURTON

MCM

M1166

MVRB

TRIUMPH

Heavy repair ship

A108

MXJS

ECHO

Survey ship

A70

MXRT

LEWISTON

MCM

M1208

MXRV

LONDONDERRY

Frigate

F108

MXRY

ROTHESAY

Frigate

F107

MXSD

WOODLARK

Survey ship squadron

M2780

Not assigned

CARDIFF

Destroyer being built

Not assigned

Not assigned

SPARTAN

Submarine being built

-

  * HMS Bristol, still in use in 2010, now uses the radio callsign of 2AIT7

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE LIST OF SHIPS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE LIST IN SHIP TYPE/TASK ORDER

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LIST OF ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARIES [RFA]

 

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2.

   THE FOLLOWING LIST OF RELIGIONS IS RECOGNISED BY THE ROYAL NAVAL IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF "A PERSONAL  DECLARATION CONCERNING RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS" - {BR31  Section J. APPENDIX 33 of 1970}

Baptist = Bapt Buddhist = Bud Calvinistic Church of Wales = CW CA Christian Scientist = Chr Sc Church of England = CE Church of Ireland = CI Church of Scotland = CS Church of Wales = CW Congregationalist = Cong 
Episcopalian Church of Scotland = Epis C Free Church of Scotland = Free S Hindu = Hin Jewish = J Lutheran = Luth Methodist = Meth Moravian = Mvn Mormon = Mor Moslem = Mosm
Orthodox Church = Orth Parsee = Par Peculiar People = Pec Pentecostal = Pent Plymouth Brethren = PB Presbyterian Church of Ireland = Pres I Presbyterian Church of Scotland = Pres S Presbyterian Church of Wales = Pres W Quaker [Society of Friends] = Q
Roman Catholic = RC Salvation Army = SA Sikh = Sikh Spiritualist = Spir Untarian = Un United Free Church of Scotland = Uni S United Reform Church = URC Wesleyan = Wes Other beliefs not listed here = Not normally abbreviated but OB where necessary
Not to be encouraged but if the declarer insists
Agnostic = Agn Atheist = Ath No denomination = ND Not known = NK

NOTE: Peculiar People  [Pec] are not sailors who happen to like the navy.  I have added the definition of this denomination for general interest. This is taken from the Oxford English Dictionary [OED]. I have highlighted in yellow at sub para b, the Sect the navy must be talking about in BR 31.

6. peculiar people:
a. a name applied to the Jews as God's own chosen people; hence transf. in religious sense. (Also p. race, nation, etc.)
1494 Fabyan Chron. vii. 550 Of his great mercy he hath visyted vs, I truste, his peculier people.
1535 Coverdale Deut. xiv. 2 The Lord hath chosen the to be his awne peculier people from amonge all the nacions.
---- Titus ii. 14 To pourge vs to be a peculiar people vnto himselfe.
1651 Hobbes Leviath. ii. xxxi. 187 Having chosen out one peculiar Nation for his Subjects.
1738 Wesley Ps. li. xxi, The dear peculiar Race Their grateful Sacrifice shall bring.
b. A religious sect (called also the Plumstead Peculiars) founded in 1838, and most numerous about London.
They have no preachers, creeds, ordinances, or church organization, and they rely wholly on prayer for the cure of disease, rejecting medical aid; this last is the feature which brings them specially under public notice.
1875 Punch 19 June 267/1 Of course the Peculiar People have the right to believe in miracle and also the right to disbelieve in medicine.
1892 Spectator 19 Mar. 391 Drugs may be dispensed with altogether, as by the Peculiar People or the Faith Healers.
1901 Essex Weekly News 29 Mar. 2/4 _Peculiar' parents censured at Barking.

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3.     Is there still such a thing as PRIZE money?  When I was a young sailor, I used to hear about SALVAGE money.  Is that  still extant and how much does each member of the crew get?

Both questions can be answered by the following document.

"ORDER IN COUNCIL REGULATING THE DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZE MONEY AND SALVAGE AWARDS"

{1}  The distribution of prize money [other than salvage awards] is regulated by Order in Council of the 27th April, 1918.

{2}  The distribution of salvage awards is regulated by Order in Council of the 18th December, 1936 as follows:-

At the Court of Buckingham Palace,
The 18th day of December, 1936

Present:

The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.
Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 19th day of November, 1936 [N.L.1344/36] in the words following, viz:-

"Whereas by the Naval Agency and Distribution Act 1864 it is provided that money distributable among Officers and Crews of any of Your Majesty's Ships of War in respect of Awards made in the several cases therein mentioned, so far as full provision respecting the distribution thereof is not made by or under any Act of Parliament other than that Act, shall be distributed under our direction in the shares in that behalf specified in any Royal Proclamation or Order in Council; and further that Your Majesty in Council may from time to time make such Orders as seem meet for the better execution of the Act: and whereas His late Majesty King George the Fifth was pleased, by Order in Council dated the 27th April, 1918, to authorise the distribution under our direction of all Prize Bounty, and also of the net proceeds of Captures and Seizures under the several Acts of Parliament passed relating to the Revenue of Customs, to Trade and Navigation, for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, and for the Capture and Destruction of Pirates and Piratical Vessels, and of the Rewards conferred for the same, and also [when not otherwise specially apportioned by the Terms of the respective Awards and Allowances] of all Awards for salvage granted to the Crews of His Majesty's Ships and Vessels of War and all other Moneys whatsoever granted to be shared among the Officers and Crews of His Majesty's Ships and Vessels in the manner of Prize Money, except those arising from Prize of War, in the shares and under the Regulations set forth in the said Order: and whereas it is considered expedient to cancel and repeal the Scale of Distribution contained in the said Order in Council dated the 27th April, 1918, in so far as it relates to awards for salvage: we now therefore beg leave humbly to submit that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council to cancel and repeal the above mentioned Order in Council of the 27th April, 1918, in so far as it relates to awards for salvage, and to authorise the distribution under our direction of all Awards for salvage granted to the Officers and Crews of any of Your Majesty's Ships and Vessels of War, when not otherwise specially apportioned by the Terms of the respective Awards, in the shares and under the Regulations set forth below:-

1.  The net amount distributable shall be distributed by Classes, so that every person present and assisting shall receive shares according to his Class, or according to equivalent Ranks and Ratings as set forth in the following scale, the equivalent Ranks and Ratings being those laid down in Your Majesty's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions for the Government of Your Majesty's Naval Service, and in the Regulations for the Government of the various classes of the Reserves, or, if not so laid down, as may be determined by us:-

SPECIAL CLASSES SHARES
Admiral Commander-in-Chief 1250
Admiral Commanding a Squadron 1000
Vice Admiral Commander-in-Chief 1000
Vice Admiral Commanding a Squadron 750
Vice Admiral 500
Rear Admiral Commander-in-Chief 750
Read Admiral Commanding a Squadron 500
Rear Admiral 300
Commodore 1st Class Commander-in-Chief 750
Commodore 1st Class Commanding a Squadron 500
Commodore 1st Class 250
Commodore 2nd Class Commanding a Squadron 250
Commodore 2nd Class 160
Captain-in-Command, after nine years' service in that rank 160
Captain-in-Command, after six years' service in that rank 140
Captain-in-Command, after three years' service in that rank 120
Captain-in-Command, with not more than three years' service in that rank 100
FIRST CLASS SHARES
Commander-in-Command 60
SECOND CLASS SHARES
Captain not in Command, Commander serving as second in Command in a ship Commanded by a Captain, Engineering Commander and Commander [E] in charge of the engines of a ship commanded by a Captain, and Lieutenant Commander in Command 40
THIRD CLASS SHARES
Commander not in Command, Lieutenant Commander serving as Second in Command in a ship commanded by a Captain, Engineer Lieutenant Commander and Lieutenant Commander [E] in charge of the engines of a ship commanded by a Captain, and Lieutenant in Command 30
FOURTH CLASS SHARES
Lieutenant Commander not in Command, Lieutenant serving as Second in Command in a ship commanded by a Captain, and Lieutenant [E]  in charge of the engines of a ship commanded by a Captain 25
FIFTH CLASS SHARES
Lieutenant not in Command, Sub Lieutenant in Command and Commissioned Officer from Warrant Rank in Command 20
SIXTH CLASS SHARES
Sub Lieutenant not in Command, Commissioned Officer from Warrant Rank not in Command and Warrant Officer in Command 15
SEVENTH CLASS SHARES
Warrant Officer not in Command 12
EIGHTH CLASS SHARES
Midshipmen and Chief Petty Officers 10
NINTH CLASS SHARES
Naval Cadet and Petty Officer 8
TENTH CLASS SHARES
Leading Seaman 6
ELEVENTH CLASS SHARES
Able Seaman 5
TWELFTH CLASS SHARES
Ordinary Seaman and Boys 3
THIRTEENTH CLASS SHARES
Supernumeraries `2

2.   Subject to Paragraph 1, all Officer and Men of the Royal Marines and of the various classes of the Reserve, all Officers and Men of the Fleet Air Arm forming part of the complement of any of Your Majesty's Ships or Vessels of War and all Officers and Men of the Mercantile Marine who are temporarily employed in Your Majesty's Naval Forces shall receive shares according to their equivalent Ranks and Ratings in the Royal Navy or if there are no such equivalent Ranks and Ratings then according to the Ranks and Ratings to which their appointments may be deemed to be equivalent.

3.  All other persons present and assisting shall share as supernumeraries.

4.  Any Officer entitled to share in an award who shall have more Commissions than one shall be entitled to participate only according to the share allotted to him by the above mentioned distribution in respect of his superior Commission.

5.  Officers serving as Chief of Staff or Captain of the Fleet shall share as in Command of a Squadron or Ship.

6.  Officers and others holding Acting Appointments superior to their Substantive Ranks or Ratings, and who are in receipt of the pay of such Acting Appointments, shall share according to such Acting Rank.

7.  In the event of any difficulty arising with respect to any of these Rules, or if any case should occur not herein provided for, or not sufficiently provided for, or if the assistance rendered by any person shall be considered to merit a larger or smaller share than he would be entitled to receive under the foregoing Rules, we shall be competent to issue such directions thereon as may appear just and expedient.

8.  The scale of distribution herein contained shall apply to all Awards for Salvage distributed after the date of this order."

[Note. Changes in nomenclature of ranks and ratings since the above Order in Council was issued do not affect the allocation of shares in the scale laid down].

Now, to make it more exciting, I have consulted the 2003/2004 SHIPPING FINANCE ANNUAL, which deals with the cost and insurance of ships per se. It is a large document and from it I have selected four tables as shown below.

  I have chosen 4 different types of vessels and each to show their second hand values. In two cases the tables show their cost/age price. The types are CHEMICAL CARRIER, LIQUID PROPANE GAS CARRIER, BULK [DRY] CARRIER and the proverbial CRUDE OIL CARRIER.       

                         

                    

I leave it up to you to work out just what a small frigate acting as a salvor to a huge VLCC [very large crude carrier] might get.  Remember that price above is for an empty ship. The cargo alone could double the quoted figures in these tables. The rules for salvage are shown in the Merchant Shipping Act 1993 and I have given you here, a link to just one of many web sites showing that Act  - http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1993_34.html . Nice to dream about.  Keep you eyes open for trouble!!

 

       

 

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