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Old stories and photos from H.M.S Wessex

A very sad day for a man who had done so much

I remember when in 1979 Lord Louis Mountbatten was murdered by an I.R.A. bomb in Ireland…. Many of us wanted to go to his funeral in London, but we were told we could not, but we went anyway. There was … Continue reading

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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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I remember when…

I fell off a cat! I was doing a weekend on a P2000 and we had gone alongside in Cowes Marina. The shore leave party assembled and moved off along the pontoons, I was at the rear of the crowd … Continue reading

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