Heraldic data


HMS Flamingo (Pennant F18, Call-sign GGGZ) was the last white frigate in the Royal Navy and stationed almost permanently in the Persian Gulf.   Fresh crews were flown out via Nice, Nicosia, Athens, Baghdad and Bahrain, a trip taking two days in 1955.  We used to say that you must have done something pretty awful to get a draft like this - except, of course, for those who volunteered!

The pictures depict the ship's company, the ships crest mounted on the bridge, and HMS Flamingo berthed alongside at Karachi.   The two pictures right and left above are interesting studies and one wonders what the photographer said that had us all so amused.

As we left Bahrain, we received a signal from SNOPG’s Staff bidding us farewell in the slightly altered words of Percy Byshe Shelley:

 “Farewell to thee, blithe spirit!

        Bird thou never wert—

      That from heaven or near it

        Pourest thy full heart

In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.


      In the golden light'ning

        Of the sunken sun,

      O'er which clouds are bright'ning,

        Thou dost float and run,

Like an unbodied joy whose race is just begun.”


The final picture immediately below is of HMS Flamingo flying her paying off pennant as she leaves Sliema Creek, Malta, en route to Plymouth.


The Last White Ship