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HMS FEARLESS

Ewen Southby Taylour

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The 7th ship to bear the name, the Assault Ship HMS FEARLESS was  commissioned in 1965 as the first of two assault ships. She combined, in one hull, a tank landing ship, a troop transport and an amphibious command ship. Over four decades she proved effective in all these roles as well as acting as a floating 10 Downing Street (For Prime Minister Harold Wilson's talks with Ian Smith of Southern Rhodesia), an embassy, exhibition hall and co-ordinating centre of civil aid projects.


Throughout her life she was intimately involved in Britain's changing foreign policies. Operationally, she landed a force into Saudi Arabia, the 'tanks' into Northern Ireland, was a central player during the Falklands campaign, helped Britain withdraw from Africa and the Middle East; she ended her life playing a key role in the initial Afghanistan operations.

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The 7th ship to bear the name, the Assault Ship HMS FEARLESS was  commissioned in 1965 as the first of two assault ships. She combined, in one hull, a tank landing ship, a troop transport and an amphibious command ship. Over four decades she proved effective in all these roles as well as acting as a floating 10 Downing Street (For Prime Minister Harold Wilson's talks with Ian Smith of Southern Rhodesia), an embassy, exhibition hall and co-ordinating centre of civil aid projects.

 

Throughout her life she was intimately involved in Britain's changing foreign policies. Operationally, she landed a force into Saudi Arabia, the 'tanks' into Northern Ireland, was a central player during the Falklands campaign, helped Britain withdraw from Africa and the Middle East; she ended her life playing a key role in the initial Afghanistan operations.

 

Thousands of sailors, Royal Marines and soldiers served on board her over 19 commissions. Her story, told here by former Royal Marine Ewen Southby-Tailyour who knew her well, will be welcomed by all who served in her. 

 

Ewen Southby-Tailyour retired from the Royal Marines after a distinguished career. He is the author of Reasons in Writing, a brilliant account of the Falklands War, and Blondie, the biography of Cockleshell hero Lt. Col. Hasler. Ewen lives in Devon


Format: Paperback
Author(s): Ewen Southby Taylour

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