Monthly Archives: April 2015

It would need the Queen’s Proclamation to call up the Reserves

I remember when it was 1982 and the Falklands War was in full swing… I was a leading seaman by then and I thought this was my chance to put my Mine Warfare skills to use. I immediately requested to … Continue reading

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Mandatory to have a SODS opera…

I remember on the tons when we finished a deployment, it was mandatory to have a SODS opera (sailors operatic drama society) Although it never seemed to happen on blue crew, everyone was too worn out after 14 days on deployment. … Continue reading

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H.M.S. Fittleton was sunk!

I remember when H.M.S. Fittleton was sunk in a collision with H.M.S. Mermaid in the North Sea off Den Helder on 20th September 1976. I was a very Ordinary Seaman on my second deployment. We had finished our NATO exercise and were looking forward … Continue reading

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