Ship's Office Staff
Wtr. Frobisher    Wtr. Green    Ldg. Wtr. Gamble     Wtr. Nixon     Ldg. Wtr. North
    CPO. Wtr. Cadogan  SCWO Janes   Mid(S) Purdin
We arrived back at Rosyth on 24th September and took on board the
Commander-in-Chief and his retinue, who had remained ashore during
Exercise Mainbrace, for a visit to Oslo from 26th September to 2nd October.
During the visit to Oslo the crew were given the opportunity to visit the places of interest such as the Kon Tiki raft on which Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific,the Polar ship Fram in which Nansen explored the Arctic, Frognor Park to view the Vigelands statues and the Holmenkollen ski jump. We arrived Back in Rosyth on 4th October and eventually Invergordon on 9th October.

Farewell Oslo
Firing the 15 inch
Firing the 15 inch on a previous occasion
Moments in the Life of HMS Vanguard
Diary of Events for 1952
It was during the passage to Invergordon that it was decided to fire the fifteen inch guns. This would be only the second time the guns had been fired-never in anger-and as it turned out, it would be the last time. Arrangements were made and throughout the ship small cotton bags were fitted to the punker louvres which were the swivelled exits in the ventilation system for the fresh air to enter the various compartments of the ship. These were intended to catch the dust accumulated in the system since the ship was built. A drogue target was towed behind a ship some miles away and we waited and we waited and we waited. Just as we were about to fire a fishing fleet sailed between us and the target so we continued to wait. Eventually all guns were fired and it was all over m a matter of minutes. When we went back to our messes we found all the cotton bags had been blown off by the pressure of the explosions and the whole of the below decks was covered in a thick covering of dust. It was quite an experience.

We stayed at Invergordon until 10th November during which time there was the Commander-in-Chief's inspection, General Drill, orchestral concerts by the Royal Marine Band at Invergordon and Inverness, various fishing and sailing expeditions, the Fleet boxing contests  and plenty of sport.  There was also a tightening up for the Arctic Cruise.
Ship's Ofice