Veterans travel from across the world for HMS Alliance reunion

The ''Reunion at the Submarine Museum of veterans who served on HMS Alliance ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151022-4)
The ''Reunion at the Submarine Museum of veterans who served on HMS Alliance ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151022-4)
  • Veterans from across the world gathered at HMS Alliance, now the Submarine Museum, for a 70th anniversary event
  • Former crew travelled from as far as Canada and Australia for reunion in Gosport
  • They got to see the submarine and share stories and memories
Have your say

VETERANS who served on board a submarine came from across the world to mark its 70th anniversary.

Former crew members of HMS Alliance gathered to exchange stories, catch up and get a tour around the submarine which is now a museum.

I feel very honoured to be a part of the reunion

Buster Brown

The event drew people from across the globe including Australia and Canada.

Buster Brown, from Halifax in Canada, travelled to Gosport especially for the reunion.

He served on board HMS Alliance between 1964 and 1965 as part of an exchange with the Royal Navy.

The 74-year-old said: ‘I was very excited when I heard about the reunion.

‘I couldn’t wait to see old friends and see what they have been up to since.

‘I feel very honoured to be a part of the reunion and hear the stories of people who served on Alliance before me.’

Australian Lloyd Blake also travelled to the UK for the reunion having trained on Alliance while an Australian submarine was being built in Scotland.

He said: ‘It has been great seeing everyone and it is good to see Alliance again.

‘When I joined the submarine, there were four of us Australians training. Then when our submarine was complete, we sailed it home.’

The reunion was organised by Terry Fearnley, from Gosport.

He decided to invite people to the town so they could see what HMS Alliance looks like as The Submarine Museum. He also said it was a good excuse to see old friends.

‘I admit it was quite selfish of me to organise the reunion because I did it to see my old friends again,’ said the 67-year-old.

‘We had a very nice afternoon looking around Fort Blockhouse and it was nice in the evening for people to sit down and chat and exchange stories.

‘We all have a lot of stories to tell.’

One veteran who enjoyed looking around HMS Alliance was one of its First Lieutenant’s – Geoff Calvert.

The 89-year-old, from Cranleigh, served on HMS Alliance when the Japanese surrendered in 1945.

He said: ‘One of the first places I went with Alliance was to the Far East and I was there for Victory in Japan Day.

‘It has been great to share those memories with my fellow crew members and see Alliance how it is now.’