DD 675 (Fletcher class)
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I remember the Lewis Hancock, she came into Tobruk harbour in early July, 1956, in the company of one or two more destroyers of the Fletcher class, whilst operating with the Mediterranean Sixth Fleet, for a bit of r & r, if my memory serves me well.
I was serving in the British Army at the time, the liberty boat bringing some of the Hancock’s crew ashore as docking was impossible at that time due to the risk of unexploded ammunition in the water close to shore, acoustic mines being a problem, we treat them to a beer or two in our humble NAAFI in our camp on the outskirts of Tobruk, they in turn returned our hospitality by taking a few of us on board the Hancock. The drinking water was a refreshing reminder of what water should taste like and the food, to us, was out of this world.
In the evening we watched the first time showing of the film ‘Mister Roberts’ on the poop, it went down a storm with the crew, especially when Mister Roberts threw the potted palm over the side. It was a great break for us too.
The following day the destroyers left hurriedly to assist at an earthquake that had hit Crete so we never saw them again. We were just getting used to the good life too.
John Brian Leaver ex Royal Engineer.
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