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#1 Paul Reed

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 12:44 PM

As requested by a couple of people, a better view of the LC at Arromanches on 6th June 2009.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 12:46 PM

The flag.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 01:04 PM

Just killing five minutes back at work , just having looked at the few photos taken this day week ago at Tilly , seeing Arromanches in your photos Paul I just wish it would be possible to "beam myself back there again".
( So much that time did not allow one to see).

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 02:01 PM

James, I know what you mean, mate. Would love to be back there myself.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 02:32 PM

That took some digging - she's Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Lyme Bay – landing craft.

Here she is at Sea
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And the mother ship:

RFA (LSD(A))Lyme Bay L3007
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There's only one picture of her on the net and no info that I could find.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 03:07 PM

That took some digging - she's Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Lyme Bay – landing craft.

See told yer that flag wasn't the Aussie one but RFA.
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#7 DannyM

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 05:46 PM

Hi,
L 111 "Arezzo" is an Army Landing craft not RFA.

She is a Ramped Craft Logistics. She is operated by 17 Port and Maritime Regt, Royal Logistics Corps.

"The Ramped Landing Craft Logistic (RCL) is used for amphibious operations and is designed to deliver men and material onto beaches. The craft are crewed by the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC)"

The Ensign has two crossed swords, which you cant see in the photo, on it and a bit more information can be found here : http://www.fotw.net/flags/gb%5Easc.html

Great set of photos from Arromanches.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 05:59 PM

The flag.

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I looked at this flag whilst magnified to 400% and I believe you can see traces of the cross swords.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 06:32 PM

I just wish it would be possible to "beam myself back there again".
( So much that time did not allow one to see).


I feel the same way, James. I didn't even get a chance to go onboard the landing craft! :mad:

Here's a shot of the landing craft from the hilltop above Arromanches.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 06:46 PM

Thanks for the correction regards the Ensign.
I suppose I was barking up the right tree.
Least I didn't think it was an Aussie flag.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 07:41 PM

Hi,
L 111 "Arezzo" is an Army Landing craft not RFA.

She is a Ramped Craft Logistics. She is operated by 17 Port and Maritime Regt, Royal Logistics Corps.

"The Ramped Landing Craft Logistic (RCL) is used for amphibious operations and is designed to deliver men and material onto beaches. The craft are crewed by the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC)"

The Ensign has two crossed swords, which you cant see in the photo, on it and a bit more information can be found here : http://www.fotw.net/flags/gb%5Easc.html

Great set of photos from Arromanches.

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I did wonder why it had Army on the side rather than Navy or Marines...

Someone needs to have a word with the Matelows then as it's on the RFA website as one of theirs :lol:
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#12 Paul Reed

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 10:23 PM

There was certainly Naval personnel on board, because I spoke to them!
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Posted 15 May 2010 - 06:58 PM

Hi guys, my apologies for registering to drag a thread up from the depths, but I came across this one whilst googling for a specific pic.

I am currently serving with 17 port and maritime regt (army), we are the ones that operate the RCL that is pictured on the beach. I wasn't aware that one had gone over last year, but I was involved on the 2004 event when 3 RCLs, 2 LCVPs and a Mexeflote landed on Arromanches (Gold, on D-Day??) beach.

There was certainly Naval personnel on board, because I spoke to them!


We, as Army Maritime, wear the same blue uniform as the RN do, the difference is that instead of wearing a black eppalette on our shoulder that says Royal Navy, we wear an ensign a the top of each sleeve, I assure you, it will have been army personnel you spoke to.

The ensign is indeed a defaced blue ensign, similar to the Aussie flag, the RFA and a few former commonwealth countries. It is a blue flag with a union flag in the top left corner and is defaced with the crossed swords, the RFA one is defaced with an anchor.

We do work closely with the bay class ships such as the one pictured (Largs Bay, Lyme Bay, Mounts Bay and Cardigan Bay I think they are all called) but we are usually independant of them once deployed, they have taken over from where the 'Sir' ships (Galahad,Tristram,Percival,Lancelot)left off when they were decomissioned/sold off.

Again, my apologies for dragging up an old thread, I hope this isn't frowned upon.. Ifanyone would l.ike any more info on the Army Maritime World, please ask away.
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Posted 15 May 2010 - 07:24 PM

Thanks for that - and welcome. Not frowned upon at all - we live and learn every day!

Any plans for one coming over this year?
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Posted 15 May 2010 - 07:47 PM

Mareng,

I agree with Pauls comments, a nice explanation.

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 07:49 PM

Nothing that I am aware of at the moment, If we are sending anything over it would only be an RCL again. I currently work on LCVPs again (It was an LCVP that I was there with in 2004) and there certainly wont be any of them. I will ask the powers that be on Monday and get back to you.
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Posted 15 May 2010 - 07:50 PM

Welcome to the forum Mareng.
Have you got any photos of your trip in 2004 you could post here?
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Posted 15 May 2010 - 07:55 PM

Welcome to the forum Mareng.
Have you got any photos of your trip in 2004 you could post here?


I have a few somewhere that have been scanned, it was in the days before I could afford a digital camera so most are tucked away in an album (an actual album, that I can hold and everything) rather than electronic copies.
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Posted 15 May 2010 - 08:04 PM

Hmmm, I've changed PCs since 2004 and the electronic copies seem to have disappeared.

I've attached the only pic I can find at the moment, of my LCVP (landing craft vehicle and personnel).

Edited to add I some that I forgot I had online.

Hope this ones not too big on here, I'm the one kneeling on the wall. All these pics will have been taken on the few days preceeding the actual anniversary, except the one of the DUKW (I think thats right) as on the day we were pretty much confined to the beach.

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Edited to add I some that I forgot I had online.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 09:44 PM

Why do I get the feeling that Volcanic Dust is going to make a pigs trotter out of this year .... will be sick as a pig if it does.
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Posted 16 May 2010 - 10:11 PM

Hi Mareng and welcome to the forum.

Cheers for posting the pic's.

James, can't you drive to France as a secondary plan just incase ;)

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