From the RN Submarine Museum
Former shipmates of submarine HMS Alliance got together for an emotional reunion on Friday, July 31 at The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s (NMRN) Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its launch.
Former submariner and museum volunteer guide Terry Fearnley, who organised the event, said: “Following the refurbishment of HMS Alliance last year, I felt that all former crew should have the opportunity to experience the brilliant work carried out by the contractors and museum colleagues.
“I am extremely proud of the response we received and was eager to meet up with shipmates. It was an emotional day and it is something I will not forget for a long time.”
Around 130 former crew members attended the event, travelling from as far away as Australia and Canada, plus a couple from France. There were also representatives from the Wardroom with at least four former captains.
A special lapel pin was been commissioned for the event. Terry served in the Submarine Service and spent three-and-a-half years on Alliance from 1968-1971, leaving her as a Leading Marine Engineer.
He added: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time serving on her with a fantastic crew, full of camaraderie. As a Volunteer Guide I feel so proud to show visitors around my home and privileged to be able to do so. All the volunteer guides are former submariners and they all give a great account of Alliance and the Submarine Service.”