Working in the anti-submarine simulator, the buildings in the foreground of the top picture.   Inside  it was pure Second World War vintage. Yet I learned a great deal about procedures from being a  combined  helicopter pilot, and  the sonar operator. It was great fun and I really enjoyed it. However after 2 years and having got myself up to date on all new antisubmarine procedures. The square peg in the round hole brigade struck, and  sent  me to HMS Eagle. I suppose the Russians may have produced low flying submarines. This ideology of Jack of all trades and Master of none,  would eventually turn me off the Navy. Later in 1972 I would come here for the last time on my Helicopter Controller's course and continued for a little while to work at the Air Station, in the control room above. This was my last happy time for me in the Andrew. Seeing now only the grey concrete foundations of what where some of  most solid and dramatic buildings on Portland.  I wonder why the Royal Navy  left the building with the tower. Now fast becoming an eye sore. Then nothing amazes me about those running the MOD today. 

HMS Osprey was an anti-submarine training establishment established at Portland between 1924 and 1941, when its functions were transferred to Dunoon. HMS Osprey was at Dunoon until 1946, the name also being allocated to a smaller base established at Belfast in 1943. Osprey recommissioned at Portland in 1946, became a base in 1948.  In1958 it became the home of Flag Officer Sea Training. (FOST) This  is a Royal Navy training organisation responsible for ensuring that Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels are fit to join the operational fleet. FOST certifies crews and vessels as being sufficiently prepared for any eventuality through rigorous exercises and readiness inspections. The main training and testing period is called Basic Operational Sea Training (BOST), which typically lasts six weeks. It combines surveys of the physical condition of the ship with tests of the crew's readiness for deployment, including a weekly war-fighting and damage control scenario known as a 'Thursday War' After leaving Puma and taking my RP2's course at HMS Dryad. I then went on to HMS Osprey at the anti-submarine school.


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In the fifties and early sixties we had been the world leader in underwater detection, however all this innovation and hard work was lost because of the Portland Spy Ring who sold it to the Russians. Later we would see all this innovation attached to the front of a Russian Victor class nuclear attack boat.
However, what became glairing obvious to me in the two and half years spent at the Anti-Submarine school, and later on my helicopter controllers course, was the total superiority of the Nuclear Attack Submarine over the surface warships. It was something that even today the Royal Navy does not equate into modern ship design. The ability for a nuclear attack submarine to fire its weapons well outside the detection range of any surface warship, or even a Helicopter screen. Shows if anything the advantage is now forty years later still with the  submarine. The Queen Elisabeth and the Prince of Wales be warned.
DAVESBITS 1963-1964 1964-1967 1967-1968 1968-1970 1971 1971-1972 1972-1974 HMS Dryad