Books

Fearless & Intrepid 1965 - 2002
by: Neil McCart (Author)

If you served on either, or both, of these great ships then this book should be on your Christmas List.

A well written history for both ships, broken down into two sections, yes that’s right, Fearless and Intrepid. With some amusing stories and some many will have forgotten. The book has over 140 photographs ten in full colour, though there's not one from a certain Bond Movie.

An excellent Foreword from Commodore Sym Taylor leads into a book which is a joy to read.

The book takes you through the history of the longest serving ships in the Royal Navy, charting their spectacular careers. The book leaves little out, including the role as Dartmouth Training Ship which, most of us remember well for the sun tans, then loosing them as we steamed straight to Norway every year.

As with all twins it has been hard for some to tell them apart over the years and you will be looking closely at the pictures to see if they are all as they say they are. I think I spotted one of Fearless which says its Intrepid, makes any good book worth while, though I dare say it was supplied for the author with description. Yes you need to buy the book to see if I’m right.

So take my advice and buy a book which will take pride of place on your shelves which will keep the memory of these two great ships steaming through history as two of the greatest in modern history.

HMS Fearless

by Ewen Southby-Tailyour (Author)

The Seventh ship to bear the name, the Assault and Amphibious Headquarters Ship, HMS Fearless was commissioned in 1965. Over the next 37 years she was seldom far from the actions - military and diplomatic - in which the British Government and the armed forces were engaged world-wide.

Totally Steaming: A Year on HMS Fearless

by Damon Hammond (Author)

For those who have served onboard not only the FEARLESS but also INTREPID, this is a 'must' read. It will take them back to the days when they either loved or hated their time onboard, either way they will be able to relate to the routines, the humour and the sheer hard work that went into keeping those old girls going. The advent of 'never in my time' Wrens at sea, their employment onboard and subsequent 'matelot-esque' behaviour is an integral and humourous part of the story.
For those from a non-Navy background, the author has carefully explained routines and tradition which makes it an easy read for all.