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Many photographs have been taken over the years. You can view some by clicking on the camera below.

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fOLLOWING THE HACKING ATTACK ON THE WEBSITE AND THE LOSS OF THE PHOTO ALBUMS, AS AN INTERIM MEASURE OVER 2000 IMAGES HAVE BEEN UPLOADED TO A DROPBOX ACCOUNT AND THE LINK TO THAT ACCOUNT IS AVAILABLE ON THE ALBUMS PAGE

2018 REUNION SUMMARY

The 2018 reunion is now over and with 150 attendees was a tremendous success. Our next reunion is in 2020 and will, once again, be held at the Hallmark Hotel Mickleover Court. Details will be posted in due course.

As part of the celebration a reunion banquet was enjoyed by those attending at which the President, David Wixon, offered grace. The words were written by him and were both fitting for the meal and occasion and amusing. Many have asked for the words to be made public and they are reproduced below.

THE COURAGEOUS GRACE  

God of atom, God of steel, God of spanners (in brackets –wheel),

God who saves our long lived Queen, God who made our Submarine,

God who built the back end first manned by men with unquenchable thirst,

By then God feeling a wee bit vexed thought he’d make the front end next.

From TSC, messdeck to mast, He came to make the galley last

To feed us all with HITS and BITS, with babies’ heads, gave us the….  (runs)

Which sounds like kidneys on a raft, Ghandi’s revenge for the boys back aft.

  Oh God who served up Spithead pheasant and harbour cotters not unpleasant.

  Bless us with good food today that is not cooked the Navy way.

 

THE HMS COURAGEOUS ASSOCIATION BENCH AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM

Some time ago, at the suggestion of our late treasurer, Roger Pescodd, the HMS Courageous Association Committee purchased a memorial bench to be placed within the National Memorial Arboretum. The decision was taken to purchase the bench as a permanent memorial to those of our crew mates who have crossed the bar. The bench, made of hardwood is regularly maintained by the arboretum staff and includes a plaque which contains the ship’s crest and the following inscription, which we felt was apt for those such as Ray Hutchins who was lost at sea, and, of course, for our predecessors who were lost in the sinking of the aircraft carrier:

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The bench is fairly easy to find and only a few minutes walk from the main entrance. We also found that the Arboretum as a whole is a great place to visit and walk round and proved a fitting memorial to the many services it commemorates. , Should you wish to visit the arboretum and make use of the bench the address of the arboretum is Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR. The bench is located in the Royal Naval Wood and overlooks the Armed Forces Memorial. The bench reference number which, if given to staff, will enable them to direct you is B - 550.

The bench is now (2018) reported to be in need of a clean and refurbishment and we will be contacting the Arboretum to discuss the feasibility of putting in place a maintenance contract.

HMS-Courageous-Crest2Welcome to the web site of the HMS Courageous Association. Originally known as The HMS Courageous Society, the name having been changed by a members vote at the 2010 reunion in Plymouth, The Association has now been in existence for 15 years

Founded in 2000 by Chas Cooke, in a moment of madness and a desire to try and have the leaving do he was denied due to a pierhead jump in 1978, a search for old crew members willing to meet in a pub and have a beer rather got out of hand. Rather than the 5 or 6 mates that he had intended to seek out who would be willing to have a good evening session in a bar somewhere, it soon became apparent that there were so many more men who wanted to meet old friends and crew mates and, at the inaugural reunion at the Britannia Hotel, New Street in Birmingham, 146 men shared a weekend of memories while doing their best, and but for about half a barrel, succeeding in drinking the hotel dry.

So The Association began and, despite economic downturns, the scattering of ex crew members around the globe and other more pressing commitments, the reunions go on, now every other year, and our members, accompanied in many cases by their wives and partners, continue to enjoy meeting each other at our weekend long get togethers. The last, in Barrow in Glasgow in 2014, attracted over 100 people. In 2015, following a request for an “interim” reunion approximtely 45 of us met in the SR’s mess at HMS Drake for a dinner and social evening.

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 This web site is currently being redeveloped and what you see at the moment is the first stage of that improvement. Over the next few months we hope to completely change the web site to give those visiting a much better experience

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We would like, in future to try (again) to bring you an interactive tour of the boat as she is today, in Devonport dockyard.

2.76.038We will do our best to bring you updates on the boat as a display and any work going on to improve her. Many of those who have visited have provided feedback saying how impressed they have been with the work carried out by the volunteers. What most visitors don’t realise is, that if it weren’t for those volunteers, the boat would probably be unfit for display. The MOD have invested very little in the way of finance into the boat and it is only on the rare occasion that the volunteers receive assistance from the dockyard or serving personnel. It is unknown just how many hours the volunteers have put into producing a first class exhibit but it must run into thousands, and that does not include the time they spend showing visitors around the boat. It is a great pity that access to the boat is not easier but that will not change as long as the boat remains within the perimeter of the working yard.

If you visit the boat and have any feedback which you would like us to add to the site or pass on to the volunteers in Plymouth please let us know by e mailing us at:

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We hope you enjoy the rest of the web site and we very much look forward to your next visit.

H.M.S. Courageous was in active service for 21 years and was a cold war warrior. She served in the South Atlantic during the Falklands Campaign as well as carrying out a large number of classified patrols around the world. Much of the work she did is still classed as too sensitive to release into the public domain so there appear to be gaps in her history. We are now trying hard to fill those gaps but, in the meantime, we hope that what you do find on the web site will be interesting and entertaining.

If anyone has photographs which could be used on the web site please e-mail them to me

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Chas Cooke (Website Manager)

HMS Courageous 1975-1978