HMS Goldcrest ATC
Hi I served at HMS Goldcrest from 1966 to 1971( with a couple of breaks aboard HMS Hermes & Ark Royal) when the RAF took over. My branch was Aircraft Handler, My specialisation was crash rescue firesuitman but our branch was ATC trained and supplied the ratings who manned the tower. Unlike the RAF we had a crash & rescue unit on the pan at the beginning of the duty runway with a Runway Control Van manned by the fire crew (wheel watch and able to take over the circuit in an emergency) (believe it or not it was a Bedford QL the date on the engine plate was 1941) All Leading Airmen ( RAF equivalent was Corporal) had to pass the local controllers course at RAF Shawbury and could run the circuit as required.
We had an large variety of aircraft put their wheels down on the two serviceable runways including AEW Gannets, Hunters, Vampires, Meteors, Canberras, Bregeut Alize, Hastings, Nord Atlas (bringing the German Panzer crews for training at Morbier) and many more ,even a two seat Spitfire in an emergency during the Atlantic Air race. With Vulcans & Nimrod doing rollers. As to the technical aspects I,m afraid that has disappeared from my memory after 40+ years but get back to me if you think I could help (I have a lot of memories about day to day events bye from Bobbyjack