Memories of HMS St Vincent

St Vincent College in Gosport
St Vincent College in Gosport
jpns-22-07-17 retro July 2017

Sea rescue - Leading Aircrewman Diver Chris Crossley winches one of the teenagers to the safety of a Solent search and rescue helicopter.

THIS WEEK IN 1976: Helicopter rescues three from sea

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Thanks to all of you who responded to my question on Wednesday about the picture sent from New Zealand by a reader who discovered it in the Fleet Air Arm section of her local museum. Here’s a picture of the same ceremonial arch today – St Vincent College, College, Gosport.

Audrey Martin wrote saying it was once the entrance to HMS St Vincent. ‘Having housed the Royal Marines Light Infantry, it became, during the 1920s, a training establishment for boys entering the Royal Navy. During the war when they were evacuated to the Isle of Man, St Vincent became an entry establishment for the Fleet Air Arm. Afterwards it returned to its role as a naval boystraining place until transferred to HMS Ganges at Ipswich.’