|On 25th January, 1968.
HMS Caprice left England for the East of Suez leg of a General Service
Commission, returning to Portsmouth on December 19, having spent
199 days at sea, out of the 331 days away. During this period the
Ship steamed 58,000 miles and expended 15,600 tons of fuel, undergoing
62 replenishment operations.
at Gibraltar and then Freetown on the way to Simonstown, the Caprice
then spent a month of duty on the Beira Patrol in the Mozambique
The ship eventually arrived in Singapore on April
6. For the next five months she alternated between Singapore and
Hong Kong, carrying out guard duties and exercising with other
ships of the Australian, New Zealand and United States navies
.During this period Japan was also visited, calling at the large
port of Kobe and, in contrast, a little picturesque fishing village
called Miyazu, renowned in Japan as the third most beautiful place
in the country.
Leaving Singapore in early September, the ship headed
south for a visit to Sydney and took part in exercise Coral Sands
until October when the ship arrived in Auckland.
The Caprice then went on to complete her round-the-world
trip, visiting Tonga, Samoa and Hawaii in the Pacific, San Francisco
in the United States and Manzanillo in Mexico.
The transit of the Panama canal was completed
on November 28, before visiting several spots in the Caribbean.
San Andreas, Kingston and San Juan.
The last stop was in the Azores for
fuel before returning to Portsmouth.
1968 Diary (pdf
Engine Room Department List (pdf file)