Welcome aboard the HMS Naiad website and thanks for visiting us.
We invite you to
find out more about the four Naiads that have been commissioned for the British Royal
Navy since 1797. The ships have had interesting histories ranging from the Battle
of Trafalgar, the WWII Malta Convoys and on to the Icelandic Cod War in the 1970s
and Gulf Patrol during the Iran/Iraq war.
The memory of the ships and those who
served aboard is being kept alive with the formation of the HMS Naiad Association
in 2011. The association is open-to-all and we welcome all contact and information
that will help us honour the ships, men, family, friends and loved-ones of those
who served aboard throughout the years. We particularly welcome anyone with experiences
of the latest ships that served in World War II and the most recent Leander class
Enjoy your visit and feel free tocontact us..with comments and feedback.
London The Annual Reunion for 2014 will take place on 17th October in London.
committee members met in London during January to discuss the organisation of the
event and will return in early April to finalise the host venue details.
the reunion page to find out more about this year’s event.
Reunion Update The most recent reunion and AGM was held in Plymouth during October
2013. For more information visit the reunionpage. Photographs of the event are
now posted in the gallery; The minutes of the 2013 AGM can be viewed here. This year’s
reunion will be in London on 17th October.
Families NewsLetters Far East 1980 During
Naiad’s deployment to the Far East in 1980 the crew compiled at least two newsletters
that were dispatched back home to family and friends. Each mess-desk submitted a
page or two which contained anecdotes of the trip with a good measure of naval humour
and photographs. The newsletters can be viewed by visiting our gallery. HMS
Naiad WWII Cruiser The World War II cruiser had a short 3-year commission, eventually
sunk in March 1942 whilst steaming across the Mediterranean bound for Alexandria.
Under constant attack, she was hit by a single torpedo by a U-Boat just north of
Egypt. To read more and see images of her in action, plus a photograph of the survivors
visit c93 dido class cruiser..
“GRONK” A lady of less than perfect countenance or physique. Many messdecks had a
rather chauvinistic gronk’s board on which photographyic evidence of past non-talent
is dislpayed. Jack takes a rather practical and humanitarian line: “Booze was invented
so that gronks could have an even chance..”