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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
The ‘Admiral’s Barge' | Courier Gannet XA430 | RAF Changi August 1962
XA430, still looking like an AS4 Gannet, was operating as Ark Royal’s ‘Courier’, before final conversion to the ‘Carrier Onboard Delivery’ COD Mk4 that she subsequently became. XA430 carried a large ‘kangaroo’ emblem on her nose for many months during this Far East Commission of the Ark and as XA430 also acted as ‘Admiral Barge’, the emblem of the FOAC ‘Flag Officer Air Carriers’ was painted on the tail. The FOAC at this time was Vice-Admiral F.H.E. Hopkins.