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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #42 on: December 06, 2011, 14:44:35 »
I love this picture, it used to be really cold up there in November especially holding SLRs, the expression on the female PO says it all, her hat had blown off in the wind and is laying at the feet of the rating behind, i wont name her to save embarrasment, i was the PO at the other end still with hat.

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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #41 on: December 06, 2011, 14:40:46 »
Commanding Officer Commander Derek Stoyles, 1st Lt, Surgeon Lt Cdr John Maitland, who became CO

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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #40 on: December 06, 2011, 14:39:17 »
Guard Training with SLRs

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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #39 on: December 06, 2011, 14:38:08 »
I am the sailor on the ensign


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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #38 on: December 06, 2011, 14:36:58 »
Remembrance Sunday Guard 1989, the two blue lanterns on the outbuilding behind the guard used to be atop the old blue gates at the Wildfire Nore Command HQ in medway Road

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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #37 on: December 06, 2011, 14:33:53 »
Some photos from Collingwood Block HMS Wildfire 1985 to 1994


On the square behind the two cars stood a mast which formerly stood outside the Wardroom HMS Pembroke (pic to follow)

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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #35 on: December 06, 2011, 14:30:08 »


I think this building is now a care home. you can see the adoption scroll in one of my earlier postings

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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #34 on: December 06, 2011, 14:27:30 »
Here are some more photos from my collection, hope they arent too dull

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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #33 on: November 24, 2011, 08:00:33 »
One other of our members worked here also, he doesn't use the forum very often though.  Thank you for adding these pictures, they are really interesting!

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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #32 on: November 24, 2011, 00:00:11 »
I dont know if it means i am ancient but i am the only one still serving from all these pictures and the only Wildfire (Chatham) Rating left.
I was a very young sailor here.

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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2011, 17:35:25 »
Hi WO1RNR, thank you for your post.  I would be very interested in any storys or memories you have from your time there!

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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #29 on: November 19, 2011, 15:07:45 »
I joined the RNR in Feb 1982 at HMS WILDFIRE (down the hole) and served there until 1985 when we moved to Collingwood Block Khyber Road until the closure of Wildfire in 1994 under "options for change". It was a large size Reserve Unit reporting to Flag Officer Medway.
I had the honour of carrying the RN Colour at the closure of WILDFIRE (Collingwood) in 1994 a very sad day, i have a dvd of the ceremony, which is very moving. I am still serving now as the RNRs first ever Warrant Officer, strangely enough I have just taken over as 2 I/C at HMS PRESIDENT Medway Division in the Old Collingwood Block, full circle I guess.
HMS WILDFIRE still exists as the RNR Unit a Northwood in Middlesex.

I have many happy memories of drill nights down the tunnel, we used to train how quickly we could run up to the top of the tunnel slope to secure the main doors in an emergency. There was even a Nutty store and cinema down there. I did a few exercises down there and have some good photos which i will put up on here.

Our mess was in a nissan hut by the car park at the top, we also had some lovely large blue gates with an RN crest whcih were sadly stolen soon after we closed.


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Re: HMS Wildfire, Gillingham
« Reply #28 on: August 11, 2011, 21:23:28 »
In answer to the post about Wildfire's name before it became Wildfire - don't think it had a name. I think it was simply called Nore ACHQ (Area Command Headquarters).
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