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899 Squadron to HMS Eagle November 1966 to October 1968 6th Commission

  • November 1966; HMS Eagle is in dry-dock in Plymouth, for refit and installation of "DAX" arrestor-gear; Ships Company aboard HMS Centaur, 899 Squadron disembarked at RNAS Yeovilton.
  • 6th April 1967; HMS Eagle re-commissions; Captain JCY Roxburgh in command.
  • 8th April 1967; HMS Eagle sails for sea-trials, but is seriously damaged by fire, and returns to dry-dock for repairs.
  • 4th May 1967; change of command to Captain John E Pope.
  • 27th May 1967 Trials, work-up and ORI (899 Sqn embarked), Moray Firth and Brawdy (SW Wales) areas.
  • July, 1967; visit to Boston, USA, cancelled
  • 15th August 1967; HMS Eagle departs Plymouth for Cape Town.
  • 8th-14th Sept 1967; at Cape Town.
  • 26th Sept 1967; HMS Eagle enters lagoon at Addu Atoll (RAF GAN) to recover damaged Sea Vixen (no casualties)
  • 6th October 1967; HMS Eagle in Singapore; 899 disembark to RAF Changi
  • 23rd Oct 1967; HMS Eagle departs Singapore for Aden; continuously at sea until 22nd December 1967. Cover for Aden withdrawal.
  • 23rd Dec 1967; HMS Eagle berthed in Singapore dockyard with defective propeller; 899 Squadron disembarked at RAF Changi.
  • Late January 1968; HMS Eagle departs Singapore for Fremantle: Flyex’s off Penang, and "Exercise Partner" with RAN and RNZN near Gan.
  • 12th Feb 1968; HMS Eagle at Fremantle, WA (Perth); 899 Sqdn disembarked to RAAF Pearce.
  • 27th Feb 1968; HMS Eagle departs Fremantle for Hong Kong, via Cocos Islands and Palau Tioman.
  • 22nd March 1968; HMS Eagle at Hong Kong; 899 Sqdn remain embarked.
  • 6th April 1968; HMS Eagle departs Hong Kong for unspecified location, due to situation in Aden. Mail is censored, and after many weeks, morale suffers.
  • 9th April 1968. Sea Vixen Lost. Both crewmen killed. ID 26.
  • 31st May 1968; after 8 weeks at sea, HMS Eagle enters Cape Town for 4-day visit.
  • 4th June 1968; HMS Eagle departs Cape Town for Plymouth, via Gibraltar (one day stopover).
  • 17th June 1968; Squadrons fly off for home bases (899 Sqn to RNAS Yeovilton).
  • 18th June 1968; HMS Eagle arrives at Devonport.
  • 24th July 1968. Sea Vixen Lost. Both crewmen killed. ID 27. (899 Sqn disembarked at RNAS Yeovilton)
  • 23rd August 1968; HMS Eagle departs Devonport for "Exercise Silver Tower” in Arctic waters; 899 embark in Moray Firth; ship anchors off RNAS Lossiemouth. Late September 1968; HMS Eagle arrives at Edinburgh for 4-day visit in company with carrier HMCS Bonaventure (Canada)
  • 2nd October 1968: Squadrons, including 899, depart for home bases.
  • 3rd October 1968; HMS Eagle enters Plymouth Sound; 6th commission ends December 1968; HMS Eagle in dry-dock, ship’s company in HMS Drake barracks

Facts & figures for 6th Commission
Days away from home port308
Days at sea220
Distance travelled112,000 miles
Fuel oil consumed144,000 tons
Aircraft launches3,951
Arrested landings3,921

Archive of REM(A) Roger Mills, Ship's Company (Air Engineering Department) HMS Eagle 1966-69

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