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The Closure of Chatham Dockyard.
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2009, 11:22:53 »
On the 25th June 1981 the Secretary of State for Defence announced in the House of commons that the Naval Base at chatham was to close. The Dockyard had been operational for nearly four and a half centuries.

The Yard actually closed on the 30th September 1983 when a Royal Marine band played "Sunset" and the Flag Officers Medway flag was lowered for the last time. However, the official date for the closure was at the end of March, 1984 by which time the dockyard was already abandoned. The Frigate Hermione had undergone a three year refit and modernisation programme, including a Seawolf missile conversion in No 9. Dock. She left the yard on the 21st June 1983 and was the last ship to leave the yard. Escorted downriver by a small flotilla of vessels, the Flag Officer Medway aboard his barge led the way.


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