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HMS Forest Moor

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Name  HMS Forest Moor
Status  Decommissioned
Notes  40 acres (16 ha)
Decommissioned  November 2003
Class and type  Stone Frigate
Commissioned  October 1960
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HMS Forest Moor was a Royal Navy land base located in Nidderdale in the borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.

History

The establishment was first used as one of the Second World War intelligence units, or Y-stations.

In 1960 it became the Royal Navy's major high frequency (HF) receiver station, its primary function was to route HF signals from locations abroad to military bases and command centres in the UK. The base was manned by a small group of Royal Naval radio operators and electricians (approximately six to a shift).

This centre provided HF comms receiver links to bases in the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Canada and a RATT ship/shore receiver link to warships at sea. Transmitters were located at HMS Inskip in Lancashire.

It also had a small ships company (including an RPO, a PO Caterer and chefs) for the day-to-day running of the establishment, including three civilian drivers. This station was a popular 'draft' for many of the sailors who served there being out of the gaze of 'Big navy' because of the remote location, Harrogate being a popular 'run ashore' destination.

HMS Forest Moor was also the setting of a short-lived YTV comedy Thundercloud' starring James Cosmo as the MAA.

In 2003 it was transferred to VT Communications (now Babcock International) under a PPP contract to provide HF communications to the Ministry of Defence via the Defence Communication Services Agency. It is now operated by civilian personnel, from a 190-acre (78 ha) site on Meagill Lane adjacent to the old Forest Moor site.

It has been disposed of by Defence Estates to North Yorkshire County Council for £47 million. The site has been converted to a school for children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

References

HMS Forest Moor Wikipedia


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