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Of Hms Calpe – Personal Reflections Heritage Talk 4
Gibraltar Museum is pleased to announce the fourth in its
programme of heritage talks for 2005, “History of HMS
Calpe – Personal Reflections” by Cdr. Joe Ballantine,
will take place on Thursday 30th June at 20.30 hours at the
John Mackintosh Hall.
HMS CALPE was commissioned on the 18th November 1965 as the
only Headquarters Reserve Unit in the Royal Naval Reserve,
with a complement of three officers and 45 ratings.
With very few exceptions, CALPE provided the manning of COMGIBMED’s
Headquarters during exercises. There were generally two or
three of these major exercises conducted throughout the calendar
year during which the Unit would ‘close up’. Training
was conducted in situ, which bred a sense of familiarity and
efficiency to the benefit of the Command.
CALPE officers and ratings also took part in exercises in
other Headquarters as far apart as Hong Kong, Naples, and
the United Kingdom in support of those Headquarters.
Over the years, other branches were added to the Unit, among
which were: Diving, Intelligence, Chefs and Port Defence.
Calpe Officers also provided interpreter duties as and when
necessary, and also served as Honoury ADC’s to HE the
Governor and Commander-in Chef.
During the period 1973 and 1979, Commander Ballantine served
as ADC to a succession of Governors during that period. Commander
Ballantine retired on the 31st March 1990. He was awarded
the Royal Naval Reserve Decoration in 1979, and the bar to
the decoration in 1989. He was appointed OBE (Military Division)
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and are free of charge.
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